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Shop Talk Tuesday with Debra Garfinkle

Today we have Debra Garfinkle joining us in the beauty shop! Debra is the author of the humorous teen novels Storky: How I Lost My Nickname and Won the Girl and Stuck in the 70s, as well as the edgy teen trilogy The Band.


Welcome, Debra! Grab some coffee, get comfy in the beautician’s chair, and let’s get down to the gossip.

When’s the last time you’ve treated yourself to a manicure?

The day before my wedding, fifteen years ago. That’s a bit pathetic, isn’t it?

No, not pathetic. I’m the same way. 😉 Okay, what’s the most regrettable hairstyle you’ve ever had? Any mullets? Rat tails?

I had a perm. It made me look like Medusa. If I ever suggest getting a perm again, please shoot me.

Deal. Same goes for me, okay? How long have you been with your current stylist and what are your appointment conversations like—chatty and personal, or quiet and professional?

I love my stylist! I’ve been with her about three years. We’re very chatty and laugh a lot. My main criteria in a hairdresser is whether I can have a good time with her. As a side note, I think she does a good job with my hair.

What kind of hairstyle did you have in high school?

I had long, thick, dark brown hair that went almost to my bottom. It was really nice looking, if I do say so myself, but a big pain to wash and brush. I cut it off the week before I went to college.

Time for 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’d buy hardback books instead of waiting for them to come out in paperback or at the library.

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.?)

YES! I love reality shows! Unfortunately, I’d probably be portrayed as the whiner or the crier, or maybe the gullible one who didn’t know everyone was conspiring against her. I wouldn’t be surprised if I were voted off first.

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?

Storky. (Hey, I have to plug my book.)

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

Writing for ten minutes, surfing the Net for ten minutes, writing for ten minutes, surfing the Net for ten minutes, and so on. Though that’s probably not too odd. I think a lot of authors are talented procrastinators.

I also laugh at my own jokes as I write them, which is pretty tacky.

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

I’d be a lawyer and a novelist and a model, just like I am now. Okay, okay, I’m not a model. But I did reach my goals of becoming a lawyer and author.

HQ #6: If you could go back in time and make changes to any of your published books, would you? If so, which one and why?

Oh, I’d change all of them in many, many ways. I really try to avoid reading my books after they’re published because I find so many faults in them.

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

Do you . . .
Outline or wing it?
Talk about works-in-progress, or keep your trap shut? Gab away.
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Proposal, hopefully.
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Love it!
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? Marketing? Yuck.
Write better at home or in a coffee shop? Home, baby.
Read your released book or no thanks, I’ve read it enough? No thanks.

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .
Time to write?
Movie? Casablanca
Book? Catcher in the Rye
Author? Anne Tyler
Song? All I Wanna Do
Pair of shoes? Sneakers
Guiltiest pleasure? Nutella
Line from a movie? Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn

Thanks for joining us, Debra, and I, too, would be the gullible contestant who didn’t know everyone was conspiring against me. Which is why I’ll probably would never be on a reality show! Have a great thanksgiving and best of luck with all your books!

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