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Shop Talk Tuesday with Linda Joy Singleton

Happy Tuesday, all! Today, Linda Joy Singleton is joining us in the beauty shop. Linda is the author of THE SEER series; paranormal mysteries featuring Sabine, a 16-year-old psychic, who just wants to fit in at school but is haunted by visions of death and pushed into action by her spirit guide. When two guys fall for Sabine, life gets wickedly complicated.

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The newest THE SEER, FATAL CHARM (Llewllyn/Flux), is out August 2007, and you can click here for an excerpt. So Welcome, Linda Joy! Grab some coffee, get comfy in the beautician’s chair, and let’s get down to the gossip.

First off, have you ever had a major hair or salon disaster?

Who hasn’t? I once dyed my hair too dark then tried to fix this problem by dying it again–which fried my hair to frizzy straw. I had to cut off about ten inches of damaged hair. Horrors! It took about a year for my hair to recover.

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

I’ve been with Alyce (a name I’m now using in a current book-in-progress) for about two years. She’s in her twenties with blond streaks in her black hair and she loves to ask personal questions. Fortunately I don’t mind answering. So I tell her about my family and writing news. I always ask if she’s found a boyfriend and so far the answer is a heavily sighed “no.” But we’re still hoping…

What kind of hairstyle did you have in high school?

I have naturally straight hair so I always kept my hair permed and curly. My high school graduation picture is awful, with too poofy curled hair. In that picture–here’s my guilty secret—my hair was brunette. But red works best for me so only my roots show brown now (g).

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?

I collect girl series books from 1800-‘s to present. One of the more interesting authors is Clair Blank, who wrote the Beverly Gray mysteries in the 1930’s when she was just 17. It would be cool to go back in time and hang out with her, maybe be her BFF in college, and find out all the behind the scene buzz about adventurous mystery-heroine Beverly who solved mysteries at a girls college, cruised to exotic ports, fought off pirates, kidnappers and bears. Clair published nearly 30 books in this series—then tragically died in her 40’s.

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

I’d buy my new lucky black kitten Spooky a diamond and opal (my birthstone) cat collar.

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.?)

I’m wild about reality shows! Mine would be a show called Plotters or Plodders, and pit writers against each other in a sequestered ritzy mansion where they would have only fifteen minutes to create a book scene. The scenes would then be acted out by a full cast of professional actors and the audience would votes for the best dialogue, characters, pacing and plot twists. The writer with the least votes gets kicked off the “Writer’s Block.” The winner gets a publishing contract with an eight-figure advance and guaranteed starred reviews (even from Kirkus).

HQ #4: 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?

Paula with some Randy-moments.

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

Exactly what I’m doing. I typed the school bulletin, was secretary for clubs, wrote poems and stories for fun, and dreamed of writing my own teen mystery series. At the time I didn’t see how it could ever happen – but life surprised me by making this dream come true.

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

Do you . . .
Outline or wing it?
Daydream-outline.
Talk about works-in-progress, or keep your trap shut? TALK!
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Sell Proposals.
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Love Editing!
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? Selling both!
Write better at home or in a coffee shop? In Bed.
Read your released book or no thanks, I’ve read it enough? Read Rightaway.

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .
Time to write?
Morning.
Movie? Princess Bride.
Book? Vanishing Shadow (Judy Bolton series)
Author? Margaret Sutton
Song? I’m So Excited
Pair of shoes? Comfy Cuddler Sandals
Guiltiest pleasure? Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
Line from a movie? “As you Wish” from Princess Bride.

Thanks, Linda Joy, and I love your “Plotters and Plodders” idea! Hehe, kicked off the writer’s block . . . too funny!

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