Today we’re excited to have the author Deborah Scott of the novel The Bell Tower here to take the petticoat personality test! So please give Deborah a warm welcome and read all her fun answers below to get to know a little bit about her and her book.
What is your favorite book, movie and/or TV Show?
For the all-too-rare period of total relaxation, I enjoy curling up with a traditional mystery; by “traditional” I mean the stories and style of Ngaio Marsh, Agatha Christie, and Georgette Heyer. Jane Austen is also a favorite. Although not much of a moviegoer, I did actually venture to a theater to see the latest incarnation of Pride and Prejudice. And I especially liked Toy Story 2. If it isn’t already obvious, I’ll admit to being comfortably old-fashioned in my choice of entertainment. I tend to watch episodes of I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and The Andy Griffith Show, which I preserved on my VCR…yes! I still use that dinosaur of technology!
What movie/TV Show or book character turns you on?
Hmmm…if by ‘turns you on’ you mean enthralls, captivates, and charms, I’d have to go with Pride and Prejudice’s Mr. Darcy, who captured my twelve-year-old heart years ago when I saw the Laurence Olivier version on television; you can’t go wrong with a handsome, dignified, somewhat fallible but still principled and kind-hearted Englishman of a certain era.
What character turns you off?
Well, Lt. Wickham, of course, is despicable. He brought smarmy to a whole new level. Elizabeth’s attraction to him proves that even the most sensible among us can be fooled.
Is there any kind of music or any songs that inspire you?
Beethoven often has that effect; the variety in his compositions is amazing. Paul McCartney singing Yesterday still makes my heart flutter a bit. I like toe-tappers, too, that inspire me to get up from my keyboard and move.
Is there any movie or TV couple past or present you absolutely love?
From Elizabeth and Darcy to Lucy and Ricky, charm and humor have my vote every time. Ngaio Marsh’s Alleyn and Troy made her mysteries that much more interesting.
If you could be or live as any character (book/movie/TV Show), who would you choose?
I hate to sound boring, but Elizabeth Bennet has the combination of beauty, intelligence, and gumption that I try to instill in my heroines.
What are you reading and/or watching right now?
Life’s too busy right now to read much for sheer pleasure, but I’m thinking of digging out my treasured first-editions of Ngaio Marsh’s Alleyn stories. Every once in awhile I’ll pick up my copy of my first published novel Deathbed of Roses to remind me that it really is possible to find a print publisher.
Any guilty pleasures?
Mystery Science Theater 3000, she admitted sheepishly. The worst movies ever made, captioned by Mike and his faithful ‘bots—I dare you not to laugh.
If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
Since I have a private humane society going at my home, I’d have to say a cat because of the species’ beauty, grace, intelligence, and unexpected sense of humor. Watching one play, whether it’s a tiger cub or a Scottish fold kitten, is as entertaining as anything on television. I have a precious little rescue Maltese/Bishon, too, so dogs are also a favorite. Animals in general continue to be a source of joy and fascination.
If you could see one book adapted into a movie or TV show what would it be?
The Bell Tower, by Deborah Scott.
ABOUT The Bell Tower
“Rebecca Bailey, a girl of intrepid spirit but humble station, finds herself thrust into the gentry class of Victorian England when her widowed mother marries a wealthy businessman. At a posh boarding school, she finds an immediate kinship with Alice Wadington, a young lady of fine family. On a school holiday to Alice’s home Bell Manor, Rebecca meets members of the Wadington family, including Alice’s quiet, handsome older brother Jason, who captivates Rebecca’s young heart despite his impending engagement to a spoiled rich girl. Enchanted though she is, Rebecca senses discord in the Wadington family. Could the ancient bell tower that seems to cast its shadow over all their lives be the source?
After a series of incidents that take her across the Atlantic, a grown-up Rebecca returns to Bell Manor under disturbing circumstances for what she supposes will be one last visit with the Wadingtons. Little does she realize that the outcome will be beyond anything she could imagine. In short order Rebecca finds her own life imperiled before she learns several remarkable truths, some unpleasant but others very pleasant indeed as the mystery of the ominous bell tower is finally revealed.”
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