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Shop Talk Tuesday with Liz Gallagher

Woo-HOO, today we have Liz Gallagher joining us in the beauty shop! Liz is the author of The Opposite of Invisible, a debut young adult novel from Wendy Lamb Books (Random House) about a fifteen-year-old Seattle girl and how she learns the difference between a crush and love, and love and best friendship. She is also a member of the Class of 2k8!


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

Nice to see you, Laura! I hope you know that whenever I think of you, I think of going for ice cream that time! Not a bad association, I dare say.

Good times, hehehe! Okay, when’s the last time you’ve treated yourself to a manicure?

Manicures are my biggest indulgence lately. I have my Nice Place and my Cheap Place. I try to go every couple of weeks. If I could afford it, I’d go every day! The last time was this past Saturday, right before my book release party. I went for Lincoln Park After Dark, OPI’s almost-black color.


What hair styling product can you not live without?

Stuff to help my waves get curlier. Lately, I’m obsessed with the whole line from UNITE Eurotherapy, especially their curl cream.

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 jumping around because I just did a bunch of research for Seattle magazine’s big beauty issue, which is coming out in February. That’s my kind of research! My last appointment was with a young superstar who does the BEST BLOND. We’re chatty with each other.

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: If you could hit the rewind button, which book published by another author do you wish you could have written? Which movie screenplay?

For a book, I’d have to say FEED by M.T. Anderson, because it’s the book that inspired me to write YA. It has the best first line ever: “We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.” For a movie screenplay: Garden State. Those characters are pretty similar to the kinds of characters I write.

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

Fancy mascara and a cozy sweater.

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.?)

Heck, yeah! I think I’d be the even-keeled one who goes with the flow. When I had random housemates in Canterbury (England) during my junior year of college, that’s what they said about me: I was the one who wasn’t a drama queen and wasn’t in the middle of everything. I was just always around!

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?

I’m not sure, but I do know that Jason Lee’s kid is called Pilot Inspektor! I think that’s pretty out-there, and it MAY have inspired the name of one of the characters in my WIP. I might go for Winter — my mom says she wishes she’d named me that. I actually think Apple is a cute name!

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

I’d be an author. It’s a true dream (and an actual goal) come true.

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

Do you . . .
Outline or wing it?
I fly.
Talk about works-in-progress, or keep your trap shut? Vault-like
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Whole enchilada.
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Love. It.
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? Both good.
Write better at home or in a coffee shop? Coffee shop!
Read your released book or no thanks, I’ve read it enough? Uh-uh.

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .

Time to write? First thing.
Movie? Too many.
Book? Too many.
Author? M.T. Anderson.
Song? Peanuts dance.
Pair of shoes? Need some.
Guiltiest pleasure? American Idol?
Line from a movie? “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.”

Thanks so much for stopping by, Liz, and congrats again for the recent release of your first novel! It’s so awesome how your high school goal came true! (Had mine, I’d be on the Olympic Equestrian Dressage team right now. Go figure!)

Now go work those killer almost-black nails! 😉

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