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Shop Talk Tuesday with Julie Bowe

Today we have Julie Bowe joining us in the beauty shop! Julie is the author of the midgrade novel, MY LAST BEST FRIEND, which just released on April 1st. See yesterday’s post for all the dirt and a very excellent Kirkus review for her book.

Until then, welcome, Julie! Grab some coffee, get comfy in the beautician’s chair, and let’s get down to the gossip.

Okay, tell us the truth—what’s the most embarrassing hairstyle you’ve ever had?

After my son and I saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a couple years ago he said to me, “Your hair looks just like Johnny Depp’s.” I have since changed hairstyles.

Oy, the Charlie Do. Not Johnny’s best look. Have you ever had a major hair disaster? If so, what was done to correct it?

Apparently, yes. See question #1.

What beauty product can you not live without?

Two cups of coffee every morning and a glass of wine every night.

Hey, I like that beauty regimen! Especially your morning routine. 😉 Julie, the ladies in my novel always answer the “Hypothetical Questions of the Week” from their favorite tabloid. So here’s some hypothetical questions for you:

HQ #1: If you could hit the rewind button, which book published by another author do you wish you could have written?

The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne.

HQ #2: Which movie screenplay do you wish you could have written?

Love Actually. And after that, the television series Gilmore Girls, especially the first couple seasons. I love the quirky dialog and characters. Love Kirk. Love Babbett and her gnomes. Love the endless supply of coffee which hardly anyone ever actually drinks.

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

A hot air balloon ride! I used to live in Hudson, Wisconsin which was/is a hot spot for hot air balloons. They would often dot the sky above the St. Croix River, which runs right past Hudson. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to take a ride. That was twenty-some years ago, so I think it’s high time!

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.?)

Yes, but only if it’s called “Writer Swap” and I get to change places with J.K. Rowling. Mostly because I’d get to speak with an English accent.

HQ #5 Paparazzi are stalking you, looking for shots of odd things authors do while writing, or of rituals they perform before starting. What do they catch you doing, hmm?

Digging through my Wheaties box looking for magic money. 🙂

And now . . . 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? Mumstheword.

Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Combo

Read your released book or no thanks, I’ve read it enough? Haven’t… yet!

And finally, because I’m nosy—what’s your favorite . . .

Time to write? As soon as the kids are on the bus and the coffee is in my cup.

Movie? Well, it ain’t Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! As of late, my daughter and I can’t get enough of Pride and Prejudice (2005). We have three favorite scenes which we call: Barely Tolerable, The Dance, and The Hand.

Book? A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel. It’s so funny and poignant at the same time. And the small-town setting/lifestyle reminds me of my childhood a lot.

Author? I love K.L. Goings’ work (Fat Kid Rules the World, Saint Iggy)

Song? Hallelujahs by Chris Rice.

Pair of shoes? See for yourself! www.juliebowe.com

Guiltiest pleasure? A Grande Starbucks mocha. Tall would just be pleasure and Venti would just be ridiculous.

Line from a movie? “That’s enough talk about me. Let’s talk about you. What do you think of me?” ~ Bette Midler (Beaches)

I love that line! Thanks so much, Julie, for joining us in the beauty shop! Go use that magic Wheatie money to buy yourself a gallon of grande mochas to celebrate your release. You deserve it!

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