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. Jan McClintock from We Need More Shelves and a contributor to Flashlight Worthy, NetGalley, GoodReads, and LibraryThing answers 10 questions about the genre she so loves.
1. What was the first historical fiction novel you ever read?
The one I remember most is “The Far Pavilions” by M.M. Kaye. It’s such a sweeping story with adventure, romance, and war, and it takes place over at least a decade. I haven’t read it in ages, so this is a good reminder!
2. What are your favorite historical fiction novels?
Along with anything by Jane Austin, “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon, “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen, “West with the Night” by Beryl Makham, “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant, and “The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield.
3. Who are some historical fiction authors you have interviewed or worked with?
I don’t yet interview authors for my blog, but through my work as an editor, ebook publisher, and web developer, I have worked with several. David Bowles writes about our country during and after the American Revolution, using his own family history as inspiration. His series is called The Wesward Sagas and the first book is “Adam’s Daughters.” Dr. Harold A. Brannan wrote “The End of the Old Ways” about a young Texan on the 1870’s frontier and his struggle for justice against the Comanche tribe.
4. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?
I’ve thought about this many times. As a Christian, I would want to see Jesus of Nazareth on one of his teaching days, so I’d be a villager from Galilee. Not very glamorous, but very rewarding.
5. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
There are few times in history when women had any real control over their lives, which makes me very grateful for our current lifestyle. I would probably choose a date during the late Roman republic (509 BC–27 BC), though, as I’ve always been fascinated by it. I’d rather go back as a man, of course (wink).
6. You’re having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
I would invite Jesus of Nazareth, Queen Elizabeth I, George Washington, Martin Luther, and Galen the Physician. That should guarantee some interesting conversation about faith, power, health, and intellect.
7. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
Typical castles don’t seem comfortable at all, but if I had to choose, I would go with Olana, the home of painter Frederic Church. It is near Greenport, New York, along the Hudson River, and has a very eclectic style, as well as housing some of the great paintings of the Hudson River School of art.
8. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Jane Seymour seems the most modest and compassionate of the six, so I would choose her. I believe Henry must have have had a power over women and some of his lovers and wives had ulterior motives, but Jane seems the most… innocent.
9. Do you read traditional books or use an E-Reader?
Like so many of your readers, I swore I would never use an e-reader, but am now hooked on my iPad and its many e-book apps. I still choose paperbacks sometimes but never liked hardcovers much. Paperbacks are less expensive, easier to trade, and smaller to carry. ‘Nuff said.
10. Tea or coffee when reading and reviewing books?
I’m not a coffee drinker, so this is an easy one. However, I’m a hot chocolate drinker from way back. Since iced tea is the state drink of Texas, I would be remiss not to mention it.