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Author Lynn Messina Takes The Petticoat Personality Test


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Today we’re thrilled to have the amazing novelist and essayist, Lynn Messina of the popular novel Fashionistas, her latest, The Harlow Hoyden: A Regency Romance, and several others here to take our test! So please give Lynn a nice hello and read her great answers below to get to know more about her and her books.

What is your favorite book, movie and/or TV Show?

Understanding that these are merely current favorites, as there’s no one all-time favorite of anything: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (sort of can’t stop recommending it to every human being I meet), The Mad Miss Manton (screwball comedy at its absolute best) and Sherlock (seriously,
only three episodes every two years?!)

What movie/TV Show or book character turns you on?

I think David Tennant’s Doctor is the single most watchable character in the history of TV (and there goes my thing about no one all-time fave). The character is charming, funny, sincere and kind, but there’s something about the way Tennant plays him that’s just ridiculously fun to watch. Plus, he has the most adorable freckles (which, sadly, were not in evidence in Broadchurch).

What character turns you off?

Any of the shlumpy, clueless husbands of gorgeous, smart wives on any CBS sitcom.

Is there any kind of music or any songs that inspire you?

Good question. I don’t think so. I can’t listen to music when I’m writing. I find it too distracting. In fact, I can only listen to music while driving or cleaning (neither which happens very often).

Is there any movie or TV couple past or present you absolutely love?

This question was hard and then suddenly it was easy. Eric and Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights. Their relationship is honest and complex and yet still idealized. They’re TV grown-ups who relate to each other like actual grown-ups.

If you could be or live as any character (book/movie/TV Show), who would you choose?

I’ve always wanted to be the savvy sidekick in a Scooby gang: Willow on Buffy, Kaylee on FIrefly, Mozzie on White Collar.

What are you reading and/or watching right now?

I’m rereading Elizabeth Peters’s Amelia Peabody books. I just got a new bookshelf in the bedroom, and the complete collection finally made it up from the basement. As for TV, I’m really into Justified, Girls, Falling Skies, Community (yay, Dan Harmon is back), Elementary, The Good Wife and Sleepy Hollow, and I’m so ready for the next season of Orphan Black.

Any guilty pleasures?

The Real Housewives.  I watch New York and the OC. I feel kind of dirty watching them and yet I can’t stop, mostly because the things they do and say are so much fun to dissect with friends.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

An anglerfish because I would love to go through life with a light on my head. I feel like I’m always in need of more light.

If you could see one book adapted into a movie or TV show what would it be?

Busman’s Honeymoon by Dororthy Sayers. In the eighties, the BBC adapted the first three of the Lord Peter Wimsey books with Harriet Vane but not the last one because of a rights issue. I have always felt keenly the sense of incompletion, especially because Busman’s Honeymoon is one of those
books I’m compelled to reread every two or three years. Now, there’s a couple I absolutely love.

ABOUT Lynn Messina

“Lynn Messina is the author of nine novels, including Fashionistas, which has been translated into 16 languages, and The Girls’ Guide to Dating Zombies. Her essays have appeared in Self, American Baby and the Modern Love column of The New York Times. She’s also a regular contributor to the Times Motherlode blog. Lynn lives in New York City with her husband and sons.”



ABOUT The Harlow Hoyden

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“Miss Emma Harlow hasn’t earned the reputation as a hoyden for nothing, so when the Duke of Trent discovers her in his conservatory stealing one of his orchids, he’s isn’t surprised—charmed, delighted and puzzled, yes, but not surprised. It is Emma who is amazed. She has naturally concluded that the man reading in the conservatory must be the country cousin (who else in London would actually read?) and is quite vexed to discover that he is the Duke of Trent himself—imagine, stealing the duke’s prize Rhyncholaelia digbyana under his very nose!

But her vexation doesn’t last long. For Emma is a practical young lady with a mission: to end her dear sister Lavinia’s engagement to the villainous (and dreadfully dull!) Sir Waldo Windbourne, and she thinks that the famous libertine is just the man for the job. If he would only seduce her sister away from Sir Waldo…. Well, not seduce exactly, but flirt mercilessly and engage her interest. Perhaps then Lavinia would jilt the baron. The Duke of Trent is resistant, of course. Despite his reputation, he does not toy with the affections of innocents. And besides, it’s not her sister he longs to seduce.”


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Here at The Silver Petticoat Review we have what we call the Petticoat Personality Test . It’s a series of pop culture questions meant to reveal fun tidbits about the interviewee while also working as a promotional tool for mainstream and indie projects. If you’re interested in taking  it, send us a message and we’ll send you our Petticoat Personality Test Vault with lots of fun questions to choose from.



Check out all of our previous Petticoat Personality Tests HERE

Read my review of her latest book: The Harlow Hoyden: A Regency Romance

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By on March 17th, 2014

About Autumn Topping

In second grade, Autumn wrote her first story, “The Spinach Monster,” and hasn't stopped writing since. Intrigued by the tales her grandmother told of vampires, witches, and ghosts as a girl, she's always been drawn to the fantastic. Later, Autumn studied English and Creative Writing (continuing her love for classic literature and everything old-fashioned) and graduated with an MA in Children’s Literature and an MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons College. Currently, she co-runs this lovely site and works as a YA Librarian.

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