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Shop Talk Tuesday with Courtney Sheinmel!

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Today we have Courtney Sheinmel joining us in the beauty shop! Courtney is a Class of 2k8 member and the author of MY SO-CALLED FAMILY.


Leah Hoffman-Ross just moved to New York and she wants her new friends to think she’s a typical thirteen-year-old. But Leah has a secret: she doesn’t have a father, she has a donor. Before Leah was born, her mother went to Lyon’s Reproductive Services and picked Donor 730. Now her mother is married and Leah has a stepfather and a little brother. Her mom thinks that they should be all the family Leah needs.

Despite her attempts to fit in and be normal, Leah can’t help but feel like something is missing. When she finds the link on the Internet to the Lyon’s Sibling Registry, Leah knows she has to see if she has any half-siblings. And when she discovers that one of the other kids from Donor 730 is a girl her age, Leah will do anything to meet her – even if she has to hide it from everybody else.

“Smart, original and full of vitality.”— Publisher’s Weekly

“A thought-provoking and compelling debut, challenging the reader to consider, ‘What makes a family?’”— Cynthia Lord author of Newbery Honor Book RULES.

So welcome, Courtney! Grab some coffee and let’s get down to the gossip.

When’s the last time you’ve treated yourself to a manicure?
Manicures never last more than a few hours on me – I’m not sure if it’s all the typing I do, or simply because I don’t wait long enough for my nails to fully dry. I’m more of a pedicure-girl. But I did get a manicure in September, so my nails looked pretty at my sister’s wedding. I had to go back to the nail salon twice to have them touch up my nails, and they were still smudged on the big day.

What’s the most regrettable hairstyle you’ve ever had? Any mullets? Rat tails?
I’ve had the same haircut, give or take a few inches, for the last ten years. But when I was a kid, there were a few hair mishaps – I had a sort-of mullet when I was three (in my defense, I was too young to be a decision-maker when it came to my hairstyle) and I tried to cut my own bangs in the third grade, after my mother refused to let me have them. She kept finding hair in the bathroom, and I told her it was from my Barbie doll; but lo and behold, a row of uneven bangs showed up on my forehead. Actually, I think I did a pretty good job, seeing as I had no experience as a hairdresser.

What hair styling product can you not live without?

My super turbo hair dryer. I use it every day.

Here’s your Hypothetical Questions of the Week:

HQ #1: You magically find a $100.00 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it?

I would probably spend it on a pair of jeans or a sweater in Bloomingdale’s (although $100 probably wouldn’t cover either of those things in Bloomingdales; maybe I’d just go out for dinner).

HQ #2: Paparazzi are stalking you, looking for shots of odd things authors do while writing. What do they catch you doing, hmm?

I’m so boring – they’d catch me sneaking cheese and chocolate from the kitchen, taking too many breaks to answer the phone . . . circulation of the tabloids would plummet.

HQ #3: iTunes has invited you to submit a Celebrity Playlist of all your favorite songs. What tunes would make your top picks?

This goes back to me being so boring – my musical taste is very limited. But I love looking at the Celebrity Playlists, so here’s the one I would make:

Riverwide, Sheryl Crow
Shine Over Babylon, Sheryl Crow
Like a Prayer, Madonna
Boys in the Trees, Carly Simon
Fire and Rain, James Taylor
What I Did for Love, from “A Chorus Line”
American Girls, Counting Crows
Livin’ on a Prayer, Bon Jovi
Silver Spring, Fleetwood Mac
Sweet Surrender, Sarah MacLachlan

HQ #4: If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now?
Exactly what I’m doing now.

The Lightening Round—no more than two words per answer!

Do you . . .

Outline or wing it? Wing it
Talk about works-in-progress, or keep your trap shut? Talk
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Depends
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? In between
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? New book
Write better at home or in a coffee shop? At home
Read your released book or no thank you, I’ve read it enough? Read

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .

Time to write? The morning
Movie? Terms of Endearment or Soapdish – depending on my mood
Book? To Kill a Mockingbird
Author? For kids – Judy Blume; for adults – Mary Gordon
Song? Coming Around Again, by Carly Simon
Pair of shoes? My favorite to wear are my moccasins, because they’re so comfortable, but my favorite to look at are my gold sandals with the four-inch heels (I wear them on special occasions)
Guiltiest pleasure? Chocolate chip cookies
Line from a movie? “She’s my sister, I’ll call her whatever I want!” – from Home for the Holidays.

Thanks for stopping by, Courtney! Best of luck with MY SO-CALLED FAMILY and I’m the same way with manicures. It’s simply a waste of money to make my nails pretty! 😉

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