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Shop Talk Tuesday with Jeannine Garsee

Happy Tuesday! Joining me in the beauty shop is Class of 2k7 member Jeannine Garsee! Jeannine, (AKA Jen,) is the author of today’s released BEFORE, AFTER, AND SOMEBODY IN BETWEEN, a contemporary YA novel described by the publisher as a “gritty urban fairy tale.”

“An amazing action- and danger-filled plot-driven contemporary YA urban tale in which we find that alcoholic parents — whether rich or poor — can thoroughly poison their kids’ lives, that it is not always easy to just say no, and that in the face of really bad stuff going down, some teens will make it to a better day while others are swallowed by the cracks.” RICHIE’S PICKS


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

What hair styling product can you not live without?

If this counts, I CANNOT live without a blow dryer. I had very fine hair that tends to frizz and I wouldn’t be caught dead leaving the house with an air-dried ‘do. As for an actual product, I adore “Bed Head”—it spikes my hair up better than airplane glue.

Ever had a major hair or salon disaster?

I had a “spiral perm” once back in the eighties. Not only did I look like Phil Spector on crack, my hair started to fall out after a couple of days. We had to snake out the tub drain.

Darn those perms! Okay, what beauty product can you not live without?


You know the drill–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’d either go onto Alibris and find all the great old books I’ve read over my lifetime and are now impossible to find…or put the money toward some great hair extensions.

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’d be the neurotic, anxiety-riddled, loud-mouthed compulsive eater.

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?

Tourmaline Twizzler Le Jazz Hot Garsee. I’d call her Twizz for short.

HQ #4: You’ve been locked in a bank vault with that guy from The Twilight Zone, so you finally have time to read! What’s the first book you crack open? (And don’t worry—no one stepped on your glasses.)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I can read this book a thousand times over.

HQ #5: If I asked the members of your critique group who you’re most like when critiquing manuscripts, would they choose Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul or Simon Cowell?

Probably Randy, but only because I tend to hold back sometimes. I’m really a Simon. I’m definitely no Paula.

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? Trap shut.
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Complete.
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Love it!
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? New.
Write better at home or in a coffee shop? Coffee shop.
Read your released book or no thank you, I’ve read it enough? Skim it.

And finally, because I’m nosy—what’s your favorite . . .
Time to write?
Anytime I can get away to that coffee shop.
Movie? The Godfather.
Book? The Outlander series—I can pick just one.
Author? I honestly don’t have one. I love so many of them.
Song? “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.”
Pair of shoes? Birkie sandals.
Guiltiest pleasure? Starbucks’ venti mocha latte with 4 shots of espresso.
Line from a movie? “I’m not crazy. I’ve just been in a very bad mood for the past forty years.” Steel Magnolias. Oh, and of course—“Leave the gun. Take the cannolis” from The Godfather.

Awesome, thanks for stopping by, Jeannine! Give little Tourmaline Twizzler Le Jazz Hot “Twizz” a kiss for me (love it!) and be sure to treat yourself to a venti mocha latte 4-shotter to celebrate today’s release of BEFORE, AFTER, AND SOMEBODY IN BETWEEN!

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