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10 questions with historical fiction blogger: Drey

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Drey runs Drey's Library.

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. Drey from Drey's Library answers 10 questions about the genre she so loves.

1. What was the first historical fiction novel you ever read?

Hmm… the first? I’m not quite sure, but I think it must be Pearl S. Buck’s "THE GOOD EARTH". I found it on my parents’ shelves when I was fifteen or so, and ever since then I’ve been a fan of “looking in” at how people used to live.

2. What are your favorite historical fiction novels?

Anything, really. I’m not too finicky. I’d like to say I prefer those set in Asia, but that’d be a lie. I like them all. :)

3. Who are some historical fiction authors you have interviewed or worked with?

It’s been a while since I’ve had one visit, and I don’t recall if I’ve interviewed many, but the latest visitor must be Stephanie Lehmann with "ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE". I’ve had Ben Kane swing by, and D.B. Jackson who writes urban fantasy set in Pre-Revolutionary Boston ( that counts, right??). I’d love visits from Elizabeth Chadwick, Michelle Moran, Gail Tsukiyama, to name a few.

4. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?

Oh! That would depend on what I’m reading, and what mood I’m in. (Yes, my Gemini shines through loud and bright!) I’m partial to Elizabeth I, but would prefer to be someone in her court, the better to observe than to bear all the responsibility.

5. What year in history would you have liked to live in?

Oh, another toughie. See, I love to read about the different periods in history. I believe that everyone should, to get a glimpse of what life was like back then, the better to understand just how far we’ve come. But honestly I wouldn’t want to live in any of those periods. If not for the lack of indoor plumbing and daily warm baths, then for the lack of freedom women were granted. Now, it'd be a different story if I were a guy! :)

6. You're having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?

Elizabeth I, of course. Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of the Qin Dynasty. Abraham Lincoln. John Adams. Bartolomeu Dias, who actually went in the right direction when trying to find India. He didn’t make it, but paved the way for fellow Portugese explorer Vasco da Gama to do so.

7. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?

Do any of them come with indoor plumbing, central heat and AC? Anyway, I can’t make a decision without a walk-through - and it’ll be a long time before I get around to visiting each and every one of ‘em!

8. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?

I’m not sure I have a favorite, though they were all fascinating in one way or another. I felt badly for all of them.

9. Do you read traditional books or use an E-Reader?

Both. I prefer print for my review copies - they’re so pretty all lined up in a row (in reading order, of course). But I love my NOOK for all the books I have at my fingertips, especially when I travel.

10. Tea or coffee when reading and reviewing books?

Tea or water. I usually read in the evenings, so no caffeine for me thank you…


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