Today I warmly welcome USA author Beatrice Fishback to Behind the Pen, here to share with us a few of her favourites. Over to you Beatrice…
What is your favourite…and why…
Character from one of your books?
My favorite character has to be Dotty Weathervane in the cozy mystery, Dying to Eat at the Pub.
Dotty Weathervane, a woman in midlife, is gregarious, out-spoken and a true snoop. Think Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances. Dotty loves large, colorful handbags and Paul Simon. In her heart of hearts, she wants to write a romance novel but can’t get past being interested in everyone else’s business to take the time and sit down to compose a sentence. She has wild, snow-white hair that she can’t control and a waistline that grows inches every year. I love Dotty Weathervane, although she’s a gossiper she is actually a good friend to those that know and love her. In fact, I think Dotty and I would have a wonderful friendship should we spend more time together as she loves scarves and handbags as much as I do.
Scene from one of your books?
A short scene from Dying to Eat at the Pub that I chose is when Dotty realizes her life might end at the hand of a murderer and she is concerned for her husband Jim. She thinks more about him than her situation, which shows how deeply Dotty loves Jim regardless of how much they might bicker about the mundane.
“I wasn’t sure whether to be upset with Jim or worried for him when he realized I was gone. When he was taken to the hospital I was beside myself with anxiety. I knew he would be dealing with the same feelings about me—maybe more. How many times had he told me, ‘I just worry about you, Dot. That’s all.’ If only he knew how much he should be worrying about me right now, he would have plenty to keep him busy.”
Movie of all time?
“Miss Potter” with Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.
“Miss Potter” totes itself as “a beautiful and enchanting movie” and lives up to that description. I also find it charming and delightful. I’m not much of a ‘chick-flick’ fan so the fact that I have seen this several times—and suggested it to many friends—says a lot about how it can appeal to even non-chick type viewers. Beatrix Potter’s story with her character Peter Rabbit, as told through this movie, inspires me to want to write with the same creativity. The fact that my name is Beatrice might also explain the appeal.
Book that you always keep a copy of and recommend to others?
I have several books by Max Lucado on my library shelf that I would recommend since he is my favorite non-fiction author, although Philip Yancy comes in a close second.
Fashion accessory that despite having plenty of, you still keep collecting?
Scarves. Instead of jewelry, I think using a scarf to compliment any outfit is a cheaper option. At least that’s my reasoning when I purchase, yet again, just one more. I convince myself even before I step out the door and head to a shop that if I find the perfect one, and I usually do, it will certainly go with something I have in my closet. That logic works for me anyway. Feel free to use it.
Drink that you enjoy everyday?
I usually drink two cups of coffee each morning before I can function. My taste buds crave a caramel macchiato, but alas, I only use cream in my java. If the weather is cold, a hot cup of tea follows mid-morning. However, in North Carolina where I live, tea is generally served over ice to deal with the hot, humid temperatures, which are extremely unpleasant.
Treat you indulge in?
Shhh. Don’t tell anyone…but I love chocolate. In any shape and size but particularly the dark variety. And if I can’t find any in the house, I will make a midnight run to the supermarket, buy it and put it under my bed pillow to keep it well hidden from others. Of course, it usually doesn’t last long enough to make it back home. Then I repeat the same scenario whenever the crave hits again. I don’t think anyone knows my little secret, do you?
Place to be?
England. In the summer. When days are long and cool. It’s my favorite spot to run to during the hot, sticky days in the south of the U.S.A. However, my bucket list has had Australia on it for quite some time. One of these days, I will hop on a plane and fulfill that dream, and visit a dear friend who lives there.
Person you admire?
Wow. How do you limit this list to one? I admire my mother, who is no longer living, but she demonstrated commitment and respect in a marriage that was often difficult. She also shared her deep faith with her seven children and I grew up to believe in God because she modeled the importance of belief. My mother was a nurse and loved the profession of helping and serving others. In fact, her dream was to become a doctor but that never materialized. She taught me that you can become anything you set your mind to. She was an inspiration and amazing example in my life and I’ll be forever grateful for that.
Season of the year?
It has to be spring. I love the fresh air, flowers popping with expectations of new days ahead. People come out of their homes where they’ve been hibernating during winter months. It’s as if everyone and everything is waking up from a long night sleep. The crispness of colors of grass, tree buds and blossoms. They all stir new beginnings in my imagination of things to write. Somehow I just don’t have the same ambition to put prose to paper in the gloom of dark, wintry days.