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Shop Talk Tuesday with . . . Me!

Today we have ME in the beauty shop! (Hmm, is it tacky to interview yourself? Let’s pretend it’s not, because I’ve been looking forward to answering my questions. 😉

Okay . . . I’m comfy, I’m in the beautician’s chair, and I’m ready to gossip!

Tell us the truth—when’s the last time you’ve treated yourself to a manicure?

Some might think that because I wrote a book where the setting is in a beauty shop, I’m a girly-girl who gets frequent mani/pedis. But really, I’ve never had a pedicure and the last time I’ve had manicure is about ten years ago when Bob and I went on a cruise.

What hair styling product can you not live without?

Catwalk’s Curls Rock Curl Amplifier. This stuff is AWESOME for curly-head gals like me.

Ever had a major hair or salon disaster?

Oh my gosh, yes. Click here if you’re curious.

What beauty product can you not live without?

Bio Elements Pumice Peel. It’s pricey, but this is the best exfoliator I’ve ever used!

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

I’m the kind who thinks they have to fill every silent moment with chatter, so I talk too much. I’ve been with my stylist for about four years and while working on Beauty Shop, I would constantly pepper her with questions like, “What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made with someone’s hair?” And, “What’s the most annoying thing clients do?” I hope it’s not having clients who constantly chatter. 😉

“Hypothetical Questions of the Week” time:

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?

My dude pick—Charles Dickens. Dudette pick—Louisa M. Alcott or Emily Bronte.

HQ #2: If you could hit the rewind button, which book published by another author do you wish you could have written? Which movie screenplay?

Book? Longer Letter Later by Ann M. Martin and Paula Danziger. It would be a blast writing that with a friend. Movie? Secondhand Lions or Sandlot.

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

Frivolous. I had to add frivolous, huh? Okay . . . probably purses. Love purses!! Or an Old Navy shopping spree.

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.?)

Heck. No. I would be that gal who’s super nice to everyone and doesn’t take sides because she wants to be friends with all the other contestants. Those types are usually among the first to go. No thanks!

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

In coffee shops, I have a tendency to stare at people when I’m stuck, which probably looks pretty weird. And I constantly fool with my hair, putting it up in a ponytail, then down. Up . . . Down. Then I’ll twist it into a bun and anchor it with a pen. Pen in . . . Pen out. All while staring at people. Yeah, I know.

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

Do you . . .
Outline or wing it? Outline mostly.
Talk about works-in-progress, or keep your trap shut? Needtokeeptrapshut more!
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Love love.
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? Want new!
Write better at home or in a coffee shop? Home lately.
Read your released book or no thanks, I’ve read it enough? Can’t read.

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .
Time to write?
Early afternoon, after the morning rush.
Movie? Secondhand Lions. I could watch it a thousand times!
Book? The Bible. And Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand.
Author? Joan Bauer.
Song? Midnight Train to Georgia, Gladys Knight and the Pips
Singer? Right now, I’m on a major Brandi Carlile kick. Other favorites include Jonatha Brooke, Rachel Yamagata and The Corrs.
Pair of shoes? These babies are as comfortable as sneakers. I live in them!


Guiltiest pleasure? Reality television.
Line from a movie? From A League of their own: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.”

Yay! That was fun. Next week, it’s back to other authors. 😉

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  • Sherri June 20, 2007, 12:25 am

    I had so much fun reading your about me page (I can’t remember how I stumbled upon it!) I think we must be about the same age…I laughed at all the same things. Too funny…as a 20 year hairstylist, I intend to read Beauty Shop for Rent.

    I wish you the very best and continued success in your writings!

    PS – you are funny!


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