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. Kimberlee Gibbs from Girl Lost in a Book answers 10 questions about the genre she so loves.
1. What was the first historical fiction novel you ever read?
To be honest with you, it’s really hard for me to remember the first historical fiction book I ever read because it seems like I have been reading historical fiction as long as I can remember. But if I had to choose, it probably was one of Jean Plaidy’s historical fiction novels. “Victoria Victorious” seems to really stand out in my head.
2. What are your favorite historical novels?
I loved ‘Forever Amber’ by Kathleen Winsor, ‘The Secret Keeper’ by Kate Morton, ‘The Winter Palace’ by Eva Stachniak, ‘Madame Tussaud’ by Michelle Moran and ‘The Confessions of Catherine de Medici’ by C.W. Gortner, just to name a few.
3. Who are some historical fiction authors you have interviewed or worked with?
I have worked with Joanna Campbell-Slan, who writes a fabulous historical mystery series based on Jane Eyre (I highly recommend this series). I’ve worked with Michelle Diener, who writes historical suspense that is to die for. My blog features mainly book reviews and not author interviews, but I always love to leave the lines of communication open to authors.
4. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?
Mmm..That’s a hard one. I would probably like to go back and be Marie Antoinette, because she absolutely fascinates me, despite her not so wonderful ending. She seems like she would have fabulous hair and a wardrobe that I would absolutely swoon for, so I pick her. Plus, I also want to be able to go around telling people ‘Let them eat cake’ whenever someone has a problem. Also, I would love to see Versailles at the peak of its glamor before the French Revolution got to it.
5. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
I am going to go with 1820 because society seems so glamorous in that day and age. I would have loved to be a part of London society at this time with all the rules, gossip and fashionable clothing choices. I can just imagine myself dancing away the evenings at Almanack’s and sipping lemonade with the high and mighty of the London ton.
6. You’re having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Jane Austen is the number one person that has to be invited. Next, I would probably like to invite Queen Victoria, but she was such a downer, she would make the dinner party so depressing. Adolf Hitler, just so I can pick his brain and find out what made him do all those horrible things to so many people. Marie Antoinette of course, just so she can amuse us with her ridiculous hair and wardrobe. And last, but not least, Catherine de Medici to round out the evilness at the dinner table.
7. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
Even though it is a fictional place, I would love to live at Pemberley. It wouldn’t hurt if Mr. Darcy also resides there as well.
8. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Ugh. Am I supposed to have a favorite? Okay, if I have to choose I would pick Katherine Howard because she seems like she had the most fun, consorting with lovers behind good old King Henry’s back. Too bad about her head.
9. Do you read traditional books or use an E-Reader?
Personally, I do both. I love reading on my Kindle, but I also love reading from an actual paper book as well. I don’t have a personal favorite as I love to read both ways and just love reading.
10. Tea or coffee when reading and reviewing books?
Neither. I don’t drink caffeine at all, but I will have a glass of wine occasionally when reading.