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Shop Talk Tuesday with Tanya Lee Stone!

Today we have Tanya Lee Stone joining us in the beauty shop! Tanya is the author of A BAD BOY CAN BE GOOD FOR A GIRL, which has been called “Sure to be the new Forever” and “Vagina Monologues…for the teen crowd.”


Welcome, Tanya! 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?

I hate getting manicures; now pedicures, that’s another story! And my daughter loves when I give her “mani-pedis.”

I’ve yet to have a professional pedicure. Hmm, maybe one day. Okay, what hair styling product can you not live without?

I love my Bed-Head After Party Smoothing Cream–even though the packaging is, um, questionable.

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

I am such a creature of habit–I’ve been following the same hair stylist around for 10 years. When she moves salons, so do I! Since we’ve known each other awhile, my appointments tend to be more like catching up with an old friend. It’s fun!

In my novel, the ladies have fun answering the “Hypothetical Questions of the Week” from their favorite tabloid. So here are a few for you:

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?

Oh, that’s easy. Lillian Hellman. My father was not pleased when, as a 15-year-old, I told him I wanted to be her when I grew up.

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

On a massage. Right away.

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?


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?

Randy Jackson–kind but honest–hold the “dawgs!”

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? Trap shut.
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? Writing new.
Write better at home or in a coffee shop? At home.
Read your released book or no thanks, I’ve read it enough? Enough!

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .
Time to write?
Early morning.
Movie? When Harry Met Sally.
Book? The Basil and Josephine Stories.
Author? F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Song? Can’t pick just one!
Pair of shoes? Merrell slides.
Guiltiest pleasure? Massages.
Line from a movie? There’s no crying in baseball!

Thanks so much for stopping by, Tanya, and congratulations for the recent paperback release of A BAD BOY CAN BE GOOD FOR A GIRL! Go get a massage to celebrate, cereal or no cereal. Oh, and I love that line from A League of their Own. We used to say that to our boys when they were young, and after they saw it for the first time, they were like, “So THAT’S where you got that from!”

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