The world of historical fiction features great authors and great bloggers and book reviewers who help promote the wonderful novels written by these fantastic historical fiction writers. These bloggers and reviewers have a passion for historical fiction and are proud to promote the works they read and enjoy. Elizabeth from The Tudor Book Blog answers 10 questions about the genre she so loves.
1. What was the first historical fiction novel you ever read?
When I was a child, my mother would take me to the library and let me choose any books I wanted. I always ran to the history section and read everything on the Tudors, the Romanovs, and Marie Antoinette that my library had. One of the first books I remember reading was “The Queen’s Confession” by Victoria Holt. It remains one of my favorite books of all time.
2. What are your favorite historical fiction novels?
I love reading about the Tudors and the Wars of the Roses particularly. One of my favorites is “Mademoiselle Boleyn” by Robin Maxwell. It is a fresh take on Anne Boleyn by focusing on her early life in France before she meets Henry VIII. Another would be “A Secret Alchemy” by Emma Darwin, which switches back and forth between Elizabeth Woodville and a modern girl uncovering her story.
3. Who are some historical fiction authors you have interviewed or worked with?
I’ve had the pleasure of working with quite a few authors and publishing companies who’ve provided giveaways for my readers as well as interviews. Recently I worked on a big giveaway with author Sandra Byrd. She has a trilogy of novels focusing on ladies-in-waiting at the Tudor court. Currently I’m working on an interview with C.W. Gortner to coincide with the release of his latest novel. I’ve also had the pleasure of talking with author Alison Weir, which was very exciting!
4. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?
Without a doubt it would be Anne Boleyn. Yes, I realize she lost her head, but her confidence and determination have been a big inspiration to me. originally also originally peeked my interest in Tudor history.
5. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
If I had money, late 18th Century France (pre-Revolution). The clothes were fabulous!
6. You’re having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Anne Boleyn, Marie Antoinette, Cleopatra, Elizabeth Wydville, and Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire. Yes, it would be a very interesting girls night.
7. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
Hampton Court Palace. It has seen so much history, and housed some of my favorite historical figures. Plus, it is stunning!
8. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Anne Boleyn, though Anne of Cleves is very interesting, too. She is the wife who really “survived.”
9. Do you read traditional books or use an E-Reader?
I mostly read traditional books, but I do have an E-Reader and have actually started receiving books to review on it.
10. Tea or coffee when reading and reviewing books?
I am a coffee girl, though do enjoy an occasional cup of tea.