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Shop Talk Tuesday with Paula Chase Hyman

Today I have my fellow Class of 2k7 member, Paula Chase Hyman in the beauty shop! Paula is the author of SO NOT THE DRAMA, (Kensington Books,) which was released this past March.

“Contemporary friendship story, which revels in rich diversity of race, color, and class.”
—Booklist

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

You know what comes first. When’s the last time you’ve treated yourself to a manicure?

Probably…ummm…okay, it’s been more than a year. But my nails are short and I’ve never gotten them done on any regular basis. However, I did have a pedi just three weeks ago. Gotta get the toes sandal-ready.

What’s the most embarrassing hairstyle you’ve ever had?

Gah, I’ll confess, I rocked the old Jheri curl back in the early 80’s – curly, wet, ugh! Let’s be clear that they were in style at the time. But it’s hands down one of the worst.styles.ever! Seriously, we need to find the person who created the style and hog tie them and smack ‘em like a piñata.

Yeah, and the creator of the Toni Perm! Argh. Painful memories. Okay, what beauty product can you not live without?

Lip gloss. I’m horribly addicted. I hardly ever wear lipstick anymore. I really like Laura Geller from Sephora. Just enough color to replace lipstick but not thick and heavy.

Now for the “Hypothetical Questions of the Week:”

HQ #1: Which book published by another author do you wish you could have written?

The Princess Diaries because that series is making money hand over fist!

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

See, now this would be impossible because I hate Wheaties. Way too healthy for me. But should I run across a fin in my Cap’n Crunch, it’s likely I’m running straight to the day spa for deep tissue massage.

HQ #3: 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.?)

Chances are I’d be the boss, only replace the “oss” with “itch.” But not because I’m really like that. People who whine on reality shows drive me nuts! I mean, come on, have they watched these shows before going on? Don’t they know how they work? Stop complaining about components that are naturally part of the show. So I’d end up being the one pimp slapping people who are complaining about having to write a short story with only an hour’s time even though they signed a waiver saying that would be a daily challenge!

HQ #4: You’re a big time celebrity who just had a baby. (Congratulations.) If you were competing with other celebrities for the most bizarre baby name, what would it be?

Nova Scotia. It just rolls right off your tongue, doesn’t it? Nova Scotia Hyman. Now there’s a kid who will need some therapy later in life.

HQ #5: You’ve been locked in a bank safe with that guy from The Twilight Zone, and you finally have time to read! What’s the first book you crack open?

Roots by Alex Haley. It’s such an interesting saga. It’s huge, but it flows smoothly and you get so caught up in the history.

The Lightening Round, no more than two words per answer!
Do you . . .
Outline or wing it?
Wing it!!
Talk about works-in-progress, or keep your trap shut? Sneak peeks
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Proposals, definitely
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Editing’s okay
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? Writing!
Read your released book or no thanks? Un-ah, next!

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .
Time to write?
Early mornings
Movie? Legends of the Fall
Book? Mama Day by Gloria Naylor
Author? Stephen King
Song? Fughedabowdid too many to name
Pair of shoes? Boots of any type
Guiltiest pleasure? Reality TV
Line from a movie? “Ay man, you don’t got your woman in check?” from The Five Heartbeats. Cracks me up every time!

Great interview, thanks so much, Paula! And look, you track down the Jheri Curl creator, I’ll find the Toni Perm person, and we’ll have ourselves a big ole’ pinata party, okay? 😉 Best of luck with SO NOT THE DRAMA!

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