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Shop Talk Tuesday with Stacy Nyikos

Today we have joining Stacy Nyikos in the shop! Stacy is a Class of 2k8 member and author of Dragon Wishes, a story of how two girls find their path through pain and loss and back into the warm embrace of a loving family.


“Dragon Wishes by Stacy Nyikos is a wonderful book that mixes grief and hope to end with a realization that not only does life continue, by that joy is possible…I found Dragon Wishes a delightful and moving book and would recommend it to anyone.”–Armchair Interviews

Be sure to visit her website and blog!

Until then, welcome, Stacy! Grab some coffee, get comfy in the beautician’s chair, and let’s get down to the gossip.

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

Oh, there was the time I decided to put a rinse on my hair. My best friend, who was far savvier in the ways of hairstyling, picked out the “rinse.” Turned out, it was a dye. And my hair stayed a nice light shade of orange for most of senior year.

Ever had a major hair or salon disaster?

Ohmigod, yes. I went to a different hair stylist for a day of beauty, and she managed to hack off a huge section of my hair. No joke. So much for a day of beauty. I look like I did that time I tried to cut my hair with my first grade scissors.

What kind of hairstyle did you have in high school?

How much am I outing myself when I say I had, um, well, wings?

Time for your Hypothetical Questions of the Week:

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?
Mark Twain

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

Shoes. Definitely, shoes.

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.?)
The type A, coffee drinking, slightly neurotic one who when she’s had a cup too many is like the squirrel in Over the Hedge, talking so fast nobody can understand her, but it’s all brilliant.

HQ #4: Paparazzi are stalking you, looking for shots of odd things authors do while writing. What do they catch you doing, hmm?

Praying to my secret goddess of writing, and when that doesn’t work, burning chocolate to her

HQ #5: 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?

Randy Jackson with much less tact, but not quite as bad as Simon.

HQ #6: If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now?

Waiting tables or working as a pool girl

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? Depends on the work
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Completed draft
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Cringe
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? Both
Write better at home or in a coffee shop? Home
Read your released book or no thank you, I’ve read it enough? Read it

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .

Time to write? Mornings
Movie? Lord of the Rings or Bridget Jones
Book? The Book Thief
Author? Is this one I’m in love with or one whose work I love? Honestly, either way, Markus Zusak
Song? Red red wine, UB40
Pair of shoes? Prada four inch heels my husband bought as my Christmas present last year
Guiltiest pleasure? Ice cream with lots and lots and lots of chocolate
Line from a movie? “You lucky lucky bastard. I dream of being hung right side up.” Or, more PG – “Use the force, Luke.” It’s what I tell myself when I hit the writing wall.

Thanks for stopping by, Stacy, and best of luck with DRAGON WISHES! Oh, and orange hair? Yeah–we want a picture of that next time. 😉

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