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Shop Talk Tuesday with E. Lockhart

How cool is this? Today, E. Lockhart is joining us in the beauty shop! She is the author of the recently released DRAMARAMA, a novel about two theater-mad, self-invented, fabulositon Ohio teenagers. You can get the full scoop at her website, but until then, welcome, E! Grab some coffee, get comfy in the beautician’s chair, and let’s get down to the gossip.

First off, tell us the truth—when’s the last time you’ve treated yourself to a manicure?

I don’t get them! Well, very occasionally if I’m going to an event. I keep my nails very very short, and even so I find that polish chips in a day if I get color. I have no maintenance skills. So I have a minimalist nail aesthetic. Pedicures are another story, though.

What’s the most embarrassing hairstyle you’ve ever had?

I shaved my head when I was 27. I looked like a giant baby.

Wow, that’s a brave move! Besides this, have you ever had a major hair disaster? If so, what was done to correct it?

Once I went blonde with a new colorist (I change my hair a lot) – and it was just ORANGE. Also, the back bits of my short hair were still brown, and so these bits that stuck out behind my ears were a totally different color than the front. It was very, very ugly. I called the salon and they re-did it for free. But I switched colorists, all the same.

What hair styling product can you not live without?

An elastic. I can live without everything else. Even a hairbrush.

What beauty product can you not live without?

I am a big fan of red lipstick. Mac’s Diva is a nice one, though very intense. I like Bobbi Brown cherry gloss for more everyday. Put red lipstick on, you look like you dressed up. Even if you’re in jeans and with your hair scrunched up in an elastic.

In my novel, the ladies have fun answering the “Hypothetical Questions of the Week” from their favorite tabloid. So here’s some for you:

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?

Jane Austen. I’d get to go to a party in an empire-waist dress and go dancing, in between listening to her smart observations on everyone and everything around us. Plus I love that English countryside.

HQ #2: If you could hit the rewind button, which book or movie screenplay do you wish you could have written?

I wish I had written the movie Truly Madly Deeply. It’s this wonderful love/ghost story which is just so funny and true and sad. This woman’s husband dies and she misses him so much he comes back as a ghost, and at first its great, but then all his afterlife friends move in with them, and he’s a cellist (I think) so the ghosts all start a quartet and they’re making all this noise and getting drunk and messing up her house all the time. I don’t even know who wrote it! But it’s amazing.

HQ #3: You magically find a $100.00 bill in your box of Wheaties. In what frivolous way would you spend it?

I would buy a lot of cheese, so so so so much cheese. And also some bread and crackers and maybe a couple figs or something just for variety. Then I would have all my friends over for a cheese-stravaganza.

HQ #4: Your agent just called. 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.?)

No, I say No! I would only be on a reality show if it meant I could NOT WRITE and like, cook under Mario Batali or learn to ballroom dance. Either of those, I’d gladly do.

HQ #5: You’re a big-time celebrity who just had a baby. If you were competing with other celebrities for the most bizarre baby name, what would it be?

I wanted to name our real-life baby Sage (good for a boy! good for a girl! it’s an herb! it’s a wise person!) but my husband wasn’t having any of it.

The Lightening Round–no more than two words per answer!
Do you . . .

Outline or wing it? Flexible outline.
Talk about works-in-progress, or keep your trap shut? Small talk.
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Proposal.
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Love.
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? Writing.
Read your released book or no thanks, I’ve read it enough? Never.

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .
Time to write?
Morning. With silence and coffee.
Movie? Moulin Rouge. But I am fickle.
Book? A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. But again, fickle.
Author? P.G. Wodehouse. Makes me laugh every time, on repeated rereads, even.
Song? Cabaret, sung by Liza Minelli. It figures majorly in Dramarama.
Pair of shoes? Silver sandals inherited from Great Aunt that don’t fit me. Purely decorative.
Guiltiest pleasure? I am never guilty about pleasure.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I like the name Sage! If you had twins, you could borrow Lola Douglas’ bizarre name choice and call them Sage and Saffron. 😉

I wish you the very best with DRAMARAMA, and be sure to get a pedicure to celebrate!

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