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Shop Talk Tuesday with Judy Gregerson

Happy Tuesday, all!

Today Judy Gregerson, author of the novel BAD GIRLS CLUB, is in the beautician’s chair today! The Midwest Book Review is saying BAD GIRLS CLUB is as riveting as Dave Pelzer’s A CHILD CALLED IT, but better and they recommend every young adult read it. This seems to be echoed by other reviewers, including a psychologist who works with teens who recommends that it even be added to health curriculums in school.


So welcome, Judy! 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? Come on, we promise not to laugh!

Ok, so I went to Macy’s when I lived in NYC and I got a ‘Fro. It was a very short, sticking-out-all-over ‘Fro and I hated it. What I hated most was that it was so round. I think I was so totally humiliated and horrified by this hairdo that I wanted to die. And I think that at some point I cut my hair really short to get rid of it.

What hair styling product can you not live without?

Well, I couldn’t go a day without my hair glue. I have very thick and coarse hair and it’s naturally curly, to boot. Recently, it’s developed some rather odd cow-licks. It goes whatever way it wants, which is why I keep it short. But hair glue. Let me tell you. There’s nothing like it!

How long have you been with your current stylist and what are your appointment conversations like—chatty and personal, or quiet and professional?

I am my own stylist. I have cut my own hair for a long, long time because I’ve found few people who know what to do with it. I did once have a hair stylist in Syracuse who actually cut it to about less than a half inch long. This cured me of going to salons.

Time for some “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. Who do you pick?

Well, I think I’d have to spend the day with Sylvia Plath. I would hope, though, that I caught her on a GOOD day because I’d want to pick her brain about how she wrote a flashback inside a flashback inside a flashback and then transitioned back to the present in about one sentence. That’s all I need to know. I would, however, talk to her about other things, but this would be VERY important.

HQ #2: If you could hit the rewind button, which book published by another author do you wish you could have written?

I wish I had written The Bell Jar because it’s such a perfect first novel. How she came running out of the gate with that book, I don’t know. But I wish it was me. I’d also like to make the money that book has produced.

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

I’d either buy shoes or bras.

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

Well, they’d find me getting up and down to do things like vacuuming or standing and staring out the patio door (they’d probably find that the oddest because I think by staring and really do nothing but stand there). They might find it curious that I sit on the patio and talk to myself.

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

Well, I’d be a cop for about a week, or at least until someone shot at me. Then I’d be a social worker. That might last a few weeks or until I got bored. After that, I’d be an advertising executive. But since I’ve already done that, I’d move on to be a writer. Those were the only things I wanted to do when I was in high school.

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? Talk some
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Both
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Love
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? Market
Write better at home or in a coffee shop? Home
Read your released book or no thanks, I’ve read it enough? Had enough

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .
Time to write?
After 10 p.m.
Movie? Gladiator
Book? Poison
Author? Kathryn Harrison
Song? Baby I Need Your Loving
Pair of shoes? My sandals
Guiltiest pleasure? Mint patties.

Awesome, thanks for stopping by Judy, and best of luck with BAD GIRLS CLUB!

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