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Shop Talk Tuesday with Debbie Reed Fischer

Remember that blogging break I was talking about last week? Yeah, I was just kidding about that. Sort of. 😉

I’m coming out of blog-hibernation long enough to post this fabulous interview with Class of 2k8 member Debbie Reed Fischer, ([info]debbierfischer,) author of the recently released young adult novel BRALESS IN WONDERLAND and SWIMMING WITH THE SHARKS, set to come out in September. Why? Dude, she sent photos and you know how much I love posting hair-don’t photos!

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Allee Rosen is a lot of things: high school senior, overachiever, feminist, brainiac. The one thing she’s not is super model material. She leaves that to pretty people like her little sister (a.k.a. “The Fluff”). That’s why it’s a complete shock when Allee, not her sister, is the one spotted by modeling scouts at the mall and signed by a major modeling agency in Miami.

It’s classic GEEK-to-CHIC – but it’s not like it’s going to change her right? She’s just doing it for the money that will pay her way through college. Very soon, however, Allee is swept up in the whirlwind of go-sees, designer labels and photo shoots. Will her elusive “It Girl” status lead Allee to drop her dreams and forget who she really is?

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Meet Peyton Grady: self-declared president of The Neverhadaboyfriend Club, six feet tall, “freckled and flat as a skateboard,” on financial aid, with only her best friend Maya to rely on. Until now, she hasn’t exactly been the poster child for popularity at her posh private high school, Beachwood Prep. But everything is about to change, because this year, Peyton has a coveted spot on the varsity cheerleading squad. Now she’ll finally have a shot at the life she’s always wanted, complete with membership in the Alpha Clique, the boyfriend of her dreams, and “no more standing on the social sidelines.”

But treasured goals never come easy. When the principal, Dr. Johnson, appoints new student Ellika Grosset, a “squatty stump of a girl” with zero athletic ability as the squad’s newest member, things get complicated. Peyton and the rest of the squad are outraged that this girl has been forced upon them, simply because her parents donated millions for a new athletic facility.
But none are more furious than the queen fly girl herself, charismatic and powerful squad captain, Lexie Court. Ordering Peyton and her team mates to “take initiation rituals to the next level,” Lexie hatches Operation Smellika, a bullying campaign to drive Ellika out. “Do whatever it takes,” she tells them. “It’s for the good of the squad.”

Peyton knows it’s wrong. Horrible, even. She feels sorry for Ellika. But in the end, Peyton participates along with the others. Torn by her conscience, yet seduced by the chance to have everything she wants, she gets further and further involved in Lexie’s sick hazing plan.

Until it goes too far.

Peyton knows she has to stop Lexie.

But how?

Welcome, Debbie! Grab some coffee, get comfy in the beautician’s chair, and let’s get down to the gossip. What’s the most regrettable hairstyle you’ve ever had? Any mullets? Rat tails?

Eighth grade: the So-Feathered-the-Back-of-my-Head-Looks-Like-a-Butt look.

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Then there was ninth grade, a perm on top of a perm. Think Chanukah bush meets Pyramid of Brillo.

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I’ll spare you the uneven spiked bangs of my Flock-of-Seagulls era.

Aw, man, you know we all want to see that now! But okay, what hair styling product can you not live without?

Carrot oil. It has cured split ends for me. Also the detangler stuff for babies.

(Note to Self: Buy carrot oil. Especially if it makes Debbie’s hair look like this:)

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What beauty product can you not live without?

It’s not really a beauty product, but I use it every night: Vaseline. I use it for eye makeup remover, lip moisturizer and under-eye moisturizer. I also use it on my elbows and hands.

(Note to Self: Buy Vaseline, too.) Okay, time for your Hypothetical Questions of the Week:

HQ #1: For one day, time travel is a reality and you have the opportunity to visit any famous deceased author you want. Who do you pick?

Lewis Carroll.

HQ #2: TV execs are offering you a spot on a new reality show for writers. Do you say yes? If so, how would you be portrayed? (i.e. the boss, whiner, bore, paranoid-wreck, etc.?)

Funny you should ask, I often fantasize about this question. I would love to be portrayed as the one everyone underestimates and thinks is a fail-and-fade-quietly type, but who ends up shocking everyone by unexpectedly out-performing others, thus being a contender. I would also be the one crying every night because she misses her family.

HQ #3: You’re a big-time celebrity who just had a baby. If you were competing for the most bizarre celebrity baby name, what would it be?

Ishkabibel or possibly Lily von Shtup.

HQ #4: Paparazzi are stalking you, looking for shots of odd things authors do while writing. What do they catch you doing, hmm?

Talking to myself, eating dry Cheerios, singing, pacing, blowing giant bubble gum bubbles

HQ #5: If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now?

What I’m doing (writing books), teaching (what I did) PLUS (what I didn’t do and often fantasized about): writing screenplays, singing and dancing on Broadway, writing, directing and starring in my own films (and winning Independent Spirit Awards), and being a flight attendant. I can’t explain the last one. It has something to do with demonstrating emergency procedures at the front of the plane while wearing a jaunty hat.

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? Trap shut
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Both
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Both
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? Writing new
Write better at home or in a coffee shop? At home
Read your released book or no thanks? No thanks

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .
Time to write?
Early morning
Movie? Fame
Book? Author?
Pair of shoes? Flip flops
Guiltiest pleasure? Candy

Awesome, thanks, Debbie, for stopping by and bravely sending those photos! You’ve inspired me to go rent Fame, and I must confess that I, too, have longed to perform a flight attendant’s emergency routine. Just not like Britney Spears did in the video Toxic. 😉

Best of luck with your novels!

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