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Shop Talk Tuesday with Sarah Prineas!

Today we have another Class of 2k8 member, Sarah Prineas, joining us in the beauty shop! Sarah is the author of The Magic Thief, which came out from HarperCollins Children’s on June 3rd, and will be published in 12 other languages around the world, plus in the UK and Australia.


In a city that runs on a dwindling supply of magic, a young boy is drawn into a life of wizardry and adventure. Conn should have dropped dead the day he picked Nevery’s pocket and touched the wizard’s locus magicalicus, a stone used to focus magic and work spells. But for some reason he did not. Nevery finds that interesting, and he takes Conn as his apprentice on the provision that the boy find a locus stone of his own. But Conn has little time to search for his stone between wizard lessons and helping Nevery discover who—or what—is stealing the city of Wellmet’s magic.

For ages 10 and up.

So welcome, Sarah! Grab some coffee, and let’s get down to the gossip. When’s the last time you’ve treated yourself to a manicure?
Um….never? This is really sad. The last time I had one…wait, the only time I’ve had one…was when my sister got married four years ago.

What hair styling product can you not live without?

My stylist insists that I use Bumble and Bumble leave-in conditioner. This chair is really comfortable. Do you do manicures here?

Sure, I can’t guarantee a neat job, but I’ll give it a go. I don’t do toes, however. I have issues. 😉 Okay, how long have you been with your current stylist and what are your appointment conversations like—chatty and personal, or quiet and professional?
My stylist is an artist! Her name is Soraya and the salon is called Buzz, and it’s way, way too cool for me, but they’re always super nice. We chat. They play weird music. It’s usually French techno-pop, or something, but last time I was there “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” came on and we had a good laugh. I don’t ever tell Soraya what I want, I just sit in the chair and say “Do with me what you will!” When I started out with her five years ago I had short spiky hair with bleachy highlights, and now I have long, dark hair with the “silvers” (as she calls them) dyed out.

Time for your “Hypothetical Questions of the Week:

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?

Because it’s my favorite, I’d be likely to say The Lord of the Rings, but that came out of Tolkien’s years of intensive language study, not to mention his horrible experiences in the trenches of WWI, and I wouldn’t want to endure either of those things in order to write about Hobbits. I would’ve loved to have written the screenplay for the Lord of the Rings movies, along with Peter Jackson and his co-writers.

HQ #2: 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.)
Ingrid Law’s Savvy. I’ve had a copy for weeks and I’ve been too busy to get to it.

HQ #3: 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?
Yikes! These are hard questions. I’m going to need another cup of coffee for this one. So my deal is that I don’t have a TV and I’ve never seen an episode of American Idol. But if one of those three gives brutally, ruthlessly honest critiques, that one’s me. No snark, though.

HQ #4: 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 English professor. Thank goodness for that fate averted.

HQ #5: If you could go back in time and make changes to any of your published books, would you? If so, which one and why?
Well, there’s got to be a typo somewhere in The Magic Thief, as typos are endemic to publishing. I haven’t found it yet, but when I do, that’s what I’d change.

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

Do you . . .
Outline or wing it?
Binge writer
Talk about works-in-progress, or keep your trap shut? Chatter (w/ friends)
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Both! (trilogy)
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Love revision
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? Writing & touring.
Write better at home or in a coffee shop? Home = cave
Read your released book or no thanks? Typos (argh!!!)

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .

Time to write? Early morning
Movie? Spirited Away
Book? Pride & Prejudice
Author? Too many to name them all.
Song? This week? Tom Sawyer by Rush
Pair of shoes? Black Chuck Taylors
Guiltiest pleasure? Bacon

Thanks for stopping by, Sarah, and best of luck with The Magic Thief! Now go get yourself a manicure as a reward for your release. 😉

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