Since the end of the year is coming to a close, this will be the last author interview until next year. It’s layered with fun. I’d like to introduce you to Christine Hannon. Please give her a voluminous welcome.
Describe yourself in 150 words or less.
I am a 70-year old grandmother of two, mother of three and wife for 52 years. I learned to paint to help me deal with chronic pain caused by a drunk driver forty-eight years ago. As far as writing goes, I am a late bloomer. Poetry was the only thing I wrote and published before my first book A Hairdresser’s Diary in 2011. I love to cook and can cook dishes from most countries. My family is the most important thing in my life. I love people.
Well with the title I guess it should include tuna. Okay, open and drain one can of tuna in water, give the tuna water to the cat and put the tuna in three cups of cooked, cooled macaroni. Add diced green peppers, yellow peppers, celery, and small red onion and add to tuna and macaroni. Add enough mayonnaise to make the ingredients creamy. Finally add salt and white pepper to taste. Serve on a bed of lettuce or as a side dish. Does taste better the next day.
Tell us about your published works.
A Hairdresser’s Diary was written on the suggestion of my son-in-law. He thought I should share my stories with the world. I must confess I was sure I could not do something, like write a book. After the third time it was suggested, I decided to try. Once I started I was amazed how the word and memories flew out of my pen. It was as if I could not stop. I needed to let readers know who I was and why I wanted to be a hairdresser but some of the memories were too painful to write about but others I could share. I start my story when I was six years old, I take you on my journey through pain, hardship, love and laughter. With only a grade eight education, I was afraid of the editing part but I was offered help from many online helpers.
A Cut above Discrimination is a short story taken from a chapter in this book, about the discrimination of the homeless and unfortunate brought on by government that young student of hairdressing tried to fix.
After many promptings from clients, family and friends asking for a sequel, I wrote and published A Hairdresser’s Diary: Scissors Retired. I was honoured when people would ask me to please add the stories we shared in this book. My books are nonfiction, inspirational memoirs.
This time I was smarter and knew I needed to have professional editing and was able to find it. We are all like a big family and look out for each other. I, for one, am so very grateful.
What’s your favorite Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor?
I dig through the dish for the hot cinnamon ones.
What is your writing process?
Because my stories are true, I just start writing whatever comes into my head. Then I sort them into the proper dates and times. Sometimes I get mixed up on dates, and then I remember that is why I have a husband with an awesome memory too. Only after I get a chapter finished do I remember so much more to say. To be honest, I could go back into my first book and fill in so many more stories that I didn’t remember the first time around. As I write, sometime sadness overwhelms me and I am brought to tears, and in the next minute, I can be laughing aloud, no one knowing what I am laughing about.
Some people say nonfiction is easy, all you have to do is write what you know but what they don’t know is living the book can have a roller coaster of emotions. At times, it can have a very unhappy painful and emotionally draining effect on the writer.
In regards to writing, what are you working on now?
My next book will be based on my Flabbermouth series. This is a name I gave myself over the years. If it will or can happen, it will and can happen to me. I am always saying and doing things where I put my foot in my mouth, usually more often than it is in my shoe.
Therefore, flabbermouth seemed appropriate. I have suffered from chronic pain for most of my life and I have learned to handle it with laughter. My friends have suggested I share my humour and my flabbermouth stories with others. So that is my next project.
What’s your favorite quote?
That which does not kill me makes me stronger.
Which superpowers would you want?
I would love to have the super power to relieve pain but not one that removes the memory of it. That way there would be sympathy for all.
Being older and from Canada, I would like the power to control the weather lol.
Where in the virtual world can people find you and/or meet for a chat?
I can always be found on FB but also LinkedIn and Goodreads, but the place I hang my hat most is FB.
Do you have a joke you’d like to share with us? If not, what’s your favorite cooking spice and why?
One of my all time favourite spices is cinnamon, I prefer the stick to the powder. The smell is almost comforting to me, reminding me of pumpkin pie, egg nog and sugar cookies. I also upon occasion use it to make the house smell good. Instead of the spray can floral mist I put a pot of water with a few cinnamon sticks in it on the stove to slowly simmer. This gives the whole house a smell of fresh baked goods.
One day after giving a customer a perm, in my small home salon, I found the smell of the perm a little too strong. Knowing we were having company that evening I wanted to eliminate the odour, so I put my usual concoction on the back burner to simmer. When Ron came in from work he stood in the kitchen and taking in a deep breath said, “smells like we are having cinnaperm for supper.” We both laughed over his remark, for all I did was to add to the perm smell not eliminate it.
Cinnamon is still one of my favourite spices but now it reminds me of more than pumpkin pie, egg nog and sugar cookies.
Hair care and Stories,