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Shop Talk Tuesday with Suzanne Crowley

Today we have Suzanne Crowley joining us in the beauty shop! Suzanne is the author of The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous by Greenwillow Books, the story of a girl with asperger’s who learns to let friendship in when two strangers come to town. It was a Fall Booksense Children’s pick and was recently selected by Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year!


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

When’s the last time you’ve treated yourself to a manicure?

About a month ago. It’s one of my few pleasures.

What’s the most regrettable hairstyle you’ve ever had? Any mullets? Rat tails?

A semi-mullet in college. It was called a bi-level haircut with lots of wings and feathering on top of the ear and then long in the back. I couldn’t wait for it to grow out.

Ever had a major hair or salon disaster?

I had my hair dyed it’s “natural” color to cover up to light hairlights and it turned out black. It was the day before a Christmas party at my home. My husband nicknamed me Elvira till it finally washed out a few months later.

What beauty product can you not live without?

Mascara and an eye-lash curler

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

I’ve been with him several years and we are chatty and personal. I think there is a button in the styling chair that makes people open their mouth as soon as they sit down.

What kind of hairstyle did you have in high school?

The Farrah Fawcet flip

Ah, yes. I had the Farrah-do as well. Okay, 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?

Jane Austin. I’d have tea with her and her sister Cassandra and I’d tell Cassandra not to destroy any letters in the future.

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

The bookstore.

HQ #3: Paparazzi are stalking you, looking for shots of odd things authors do while writing. What do they catch you doing, hmm?

Constantly jumping out of my seat in sneaky procrastination attempts – going to the kitchen for snacks, throwing a load of laundry in, pacing around, anything not to be in the chair. They’d also catch me browsing Ebay.

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?

I only went to a critique group twice because I was too uncomfortable criticizing other people’s work. So I guess that makes me Paula.

HQ #5: If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now?

In high school my English teacher had us write a note to ourselves describing what we wanted to be. She mailed the letter to us ten years later. I had written “Interior Designer.” I do love to decorate, but writing has always been my biggest passion.

HQ #6: If you could go back in time and make changes to any of your published books, would you? If so, which one and why?

No changes as of now. It’s perfect.

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? Talk (but shouldn’t)
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Completed draft
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Both eventually
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? New Book
Write better at home or in a coffee shop? At home
Read your released book or no thanks, I’ve read it enough? Small Sections

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .
Time to write?
Movie? Shadowlands, You’ve Got Mail
Book? Wuthering Heights
Author? Jane Austin
Song? I’ll Melt With You, by Modern English
Guiltiest pleasure? Chocolate and browsing the internet
Line from a movie? “We read to know we are not alone.” Shadowlands

Thanks for stopping by, Suzanne, and best of luck with all your writing!

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