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Shop Talk Tuesday with Laurel Snyder!

Today we have Laurel Snyder joining us in the beauty shop! Laurel a Class of 2k8 member and the author of Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains, an old fashioned fairy tale about a snippy milkmaid and a clumsy princess who venture up a mountain and learn some lessons about good government, soggy pets, and friendship.


Welcome, Laurel! 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?

Oh, this is probably so boring, but in the seventh grade I had a terrible wedge. And when I say it was terrible I do not mean all wedges are terrible, I mean I went to a Hair Cuttery, where a trainee proceeded to hack off eight inches of hair when I said I wanted a bob”. She mixed up “wedge” and “bob” and it was the worst possible year for it. Middle school, and we had just moved, so I was the new girl!

Ever had a major hair or salon disaster?

My mom would say that every time I’ve ever cut baby bangs or dyed my hair it was a mistake, but I actually liked the ridiculous dramatic ones. At one point I had an Amalie-style swinger bob, but with two long braids that I liked to put beads on.

What beauty product can you not live without?

Does an elastic count? How about three days of my own essential oils!? I have two kids under three, and I count myself lucky when I get to shower right now. In other, more relaxed years, I’ve been devoted to Bumble and Bumble defrizzer stuff.

Time for your 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 you want. Who do you pick?
Roald Dahl! Both for his genius and humor and for all this new stuff I’m reading about him. Naughty, racy man!

HQ #2: You magically find a $100.00 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it?

I would pay a babysitter for four hours with half of it, and then I would take the other half and go sit with a friend in a quiet place and drink wine. Yes indeed I would!

HQ #3: 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.?)
Sigh. I want to be the private, quiet kind of person who’d say no, but I know I’d do it, because I require attention to a silly degree. Then I’d discover, to my chagrin, that I’m the girl who never shuts up. Also, I’m chubbier than the me in my head (not to mention the me who takes her own author photos from above).

HQ #4: 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?
Hmmm… my older son is named Mose. And when we were expecting a girl she was going to either be Tuesday or Clover, so this hits a little close to home. But if my husband had consented it would have been uber Jewish, and that would gotten media buzz I bet (were I famous). Shlomo Avraham? Shifra Devorah? Something like that!

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

Eating strange things for breakfast (hummus on a spoon, cold meatloaf, etc) while twittering naked. That weird enough for you? I’m not a nudist, but somehow I always check my mail “real quick” en route to the shower.

Too hilarious! I’ll be sure to avert my eyes next time I send you an email. 😉

HQ #6: iTunes has invited you to submit a Celebrity Playlist of all your favorite songs. What tunes would make your top picks?

Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat.
Wilco’s Passenger Side
Lucinda Williams’ Side of the Road
Dylan’s Visions of Johanna
John Prine’s Unwed Fathers
Linda Ronstadt’s Long Long Time
Bottlerockets’ Get Down River
CCR’s As Long as I Can See the Light
Dire Straits’ Romeo and Juliet
Springsteen’s Thunder Road

Wow, I’m going to stop myself, but this is hard to do. I love so many bands — roots-rock stuff like Patrick Bloom and Pieta Brown and Dave Olson from Iowa, and an amazing band called Gloria Deluxe from Brooklyn. And I’m struck by how few women made this list, just doing this off the top of my head. What’s that say? Hmm…

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

Do you . . .
Outline or wing it?
Outline, ignore.
Talk about works-in-progress, or keep your trap shut? Talk.
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Love it!
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? Both.
Write better at home or in a coffee shop? Home.
Read your released book or no thank you, I’ve read it enough? Nope.

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .
Time to write?
Movie? Two for the Road.
Book? The Thirteen Clocks.
Author? Wallace Stegner.
Song? Visions of Johanna.
Pair of shoes? Campers Twins!
Guiltiest pleasure? The drink.
Line from a movie? “But Charles, that’s how I believe.” (or something like that. It’s a line from Brideshead, the mini-series version)

Thanks so much for stopping by, Laurel, and congratulations on your recent release! To celebrate, get a babysitter for the kids, grab your friend and go drink some wine!

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