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. Kendal Stegmann from Kinx’s Book Nook and a contributor to Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours, Author Alliance, and Virtual Writers answers 10 questions about the genre she so loves.
1. What was the first historical fiction novel you ever read?
That’s a hard question for me to answer. I’ve been reading historical fiction as long as I can remember. But the one novel that keeps coming to mind is “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell. When I was in high school I went through a huge Civil War phase and “Gone with the Wind” was the first thing I read.
2. What are your favorite historical novels?
“Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett
“When Christ and his Saints Slept” by Sharon Kay Penman
“The Queen’s Vow” by C.W. Gortner
3. Who are some historical fiction authors you have interviewed or worked with?
Since I have only been blogging for just over a year, I haven’t worked with many. But, so far I have enjoyed working with Jennifer Cody Epstein and David-Michael Harding.
4. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?
Eleanor of Aquitaine. She was such an amazing and strong woman in a very difficult time. She is my favorite historical figure.
5. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
I don’t think I would like to live in another time; but I certainly would like to visit. I think I would like to visit Regency England. That time period really interests me right now.
6. You’re having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Eleanor of Aquitaine, Jane Austen, Mary Magdalene, Lady Jane Grey, and Matilda of England
7. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
8. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Catherine Parr. She seemed to bring calm to his reign. She was able to reconcile Henry with his daughters.
9. Do you read traditional books or use an E-Reader?
I enjoy both. I seem to read faster on my e-reader and can have lots of books at my immediate disposal. However, I love turning the pages of a good book. I frequently go back and forth between the formats.
10. Tea or coffee when reading and reviewing books.
I’m a huge tea drinker. I have to have my cup of tea every morning.