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Shop Talk Tuesday with Lisa Schroeder

Today we have Lisa Schroeder joining us in the shop! Lisa is the author of I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME, a young adult novel in verse about love and grief in which a fifteen-year-old girl’s boyfriend, who is dead but not gone, is keeping her from moving on.


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

Thanks, Laura. I’m so glad to be here. I love this shop you’ve set up for authors to come and chat with you. I hope I get to do it live and in person someday!!!

Wouldn’t that be cool? And if it was televised! Hmm . . . what would I wear? Can’t go wrong with a nice pant suit. Or wrap dress. Wait, aren’t I supposed to be interviewing you? Right.

Okay, Lisa, when’s the last time you’ve treated yourself to a manicure?

Can you believe I’ve never had a manicure? I do indulge in a pedicure every now and then, however. I had one last summer, right before the SCBWI conference in LA. I even got cute little flowers painted on. They were SO cute!

What beauty product can you not live without?

I have REALLY dry skin, and I need a super rich moisturizer at night. I use Extra Emollient Night Cream by Mary Kay and hope they never, ever discontinue 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’ve been with Mia for about three years. I had to switch when my other one refused to let me grow my hair out. She didn’t think it’d look good on me, so she’d cut it and cut it, and so I finally had to leave. I really like my hair now, so it was the right decision.

Mia and I are very chatty and personal. If you think I’m going to divulge what we talk about, well, sorry. What happens at the hair salon stays at the hair salon. 😉

In my novel, the ladies have fun answering the “Hypothetical Questions of the Week” from their favorite tabloid. So here are some for you:

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?

Since I’ve been on a Jane Austen kick lately, I’ll go with her. I would love to sit and have tea with her and see if she’s as witty and funny in person as she is in her books.

HQ #2: Paparazzi are stalking you, looking for shots of odd things authors do while writing. What do they catch you doing, hmm?

Turn the music up, turn the music down, turn the music up, stare out into space for awhile, turn the music down, open the window, close the window, turn the music up, stare out into space for awhile… You get the picture.

HQ #3: 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.)

So many people in LJ-Land raved about LIFE AS WE KNEW IT, by Susan Beth Pfeffer, and put it on their top-of list for 2007, so this would be the one.

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?

Probably Randy Jackson. I try not to sugar coat things like Paula, and yet I don’t knock someone down just for the pleasure of it (like Simon). I think I try to be honest, but kind. I understand that writers take their work very seriously, and it’s important to point out the good things about it as well as the areas it needs work.

The Lightening Round—no more than two words per answer!
Do you . . .
Outline or wing it?
Wingingly outline
Talk about works-in-progress, or keep your trap shut? Some mumbling
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Completed draft
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Love it
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? Writing, please!
Write better at home or in a coffee shop? Coffee shop
Read your released book or no thanks, I’ve read it enough? Read it.

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .
Time to write?
Early Morning
Movie? I’m torn between PRETTY IN PINK and THE GOODBYE GIRL.
Book? Impossible to name just one, so I’ll just say BEAUTY SHOP FOR RENT was one of my favorite books read in 2007!
Author? John Green
Song? NAME by the Goo Goo Dolls
Pair of shoes? My 15 YO Nike Air running shoes
Guiltiest pleasure? My weekly Starbucks Chai Tea Latte
Line from a movie? “The hard is what makes it great.” – A League of Their Own

Thanks for stopping by the shop, Lisa, and for that sweet compliment about my book! (Remind me to send you that five bucks later.) Your favorite line is one of mine as well–I always repeat it to myself whenever I’m struggling with my writing! That and Tim Gunn’s Work it out. 😉

Best of luck with I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME, and everyone be sure to check out Lisa’s website!

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