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Shop Talk Tuesday with Stephanie Hale

Today we have Class of 2k7er Stephanie Hale joining us in the beauty shop! Stephanie is the author of today’s released REVENGE OF THE HOMECOMING QUEEN, a humorous story of what happens when a homecoming queen thinks her tiara has been disrespected.

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

Not to be difficult, Laura, but I so don’t do coffee. I’d really like some hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate shavings if it isn’t too much trouble!

Um, I’m a tad low on groceries, so would Ovaltine with a few raisinettes thrown in be okay? I might have some Cool Whip . . . no, I ate that a week ago. Sorry, Steph! (My characters would be so ashamed of me.)

Okay, first things first. When’s the last time you’ve treated yourself to a manicure?

I had one about a year ago. I went with a friend and did the whole spa day thing. I’d love to do it every day!

Ever had a major hair or salon disaster?

Unfortunately. When I was in sixth grade, my mom took me to a beauty salon inside a department store for a perm. I have very thin, fine hair and they left the perm solution in for like three hours. I still haven’t figured out why my mom didn’t see anything wrong with that! My hair ended up being bigger than I was. This guy in my study hall started teasing me, calling me Dee Snyder from Twisted Sister. I tried not to get too upset, after all, this guy had flunked eighth grade so many times he had a driver’s license. In an ironic twist of fate, my sequel is titled, Twisted Sisters. Ha!

Girl, I can feel your perm pain! But at least you ended your story with a great ‘twist.’ Now, what beauty product can you not live without?

I love OPI nail polish. The polish itself is outstanding, but I really just love picking up the little bottles and reading the creative names!

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 kind of a serial hairstylist dropper. I haven’t anyone to really do what I want so I always kind of move on after giving them a few chances. I live in a pretty small town and I’m starting to run out of places to go.

Time for your “Hypothetical Questions of the Week:

HQ #1: If you could hit the rewind button, which movie screenplay do you wish you could have written?

The Notebook. I just love that book. Although it does make it a bit more romantic that it was written by a gorgeous man.

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

Books, books, and more books.

HQ #3: 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 don’t know how bizarre it is. But I was really gunning for the name Scout when I was pregnant, and my husband just wasn’t having it.

HQ #4: 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?

Probably Paula. They always accuse me of being nice. I’m really not that nice. Honest.

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 a lawyer! YIKES!

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

Do you . . .
Outline or wing it?
Both
Talk about works-in-progress, or keep your trap shut? Zip lip
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Completed draft
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Love it
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? Both
Write better at home or in a coffee shop? Home alone
Read your released book or no thanks, I’ve read it enough? Will read

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .
Time to write?
Whenever I can
Movie? Valley Girl
Book? Twilight
Author? Judy Blume
Song? Currently, just about anything by Hinder
Pair of shoes? Currently, my Steve Madden pumps
Guiltiest pleasure? Books

Thanks so much for stopping by, Stephanie, and congratulations for today’s release of REVENGE OF THE HOMECOMING QUEEN! Be sure to treat yourself to plenty of hot chocolate, with chocolate shavings and all. Unless you would actually prefer the Ovaltine with raisinettes. 😉

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