Anna Lee Huber, author of "The Anatomist's Wife" and "Mortal Arts" answers 10 questions about her favorite time period in history, her favorite figures from history, and the age old question of coffee or tea.
1. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?
That’s tough, especially since I know their fate, and I would have to give up all of the luxuries of modern medicine and technology. There are so many people I would love to meet and have meaningful conversations with, but I don’t think there is anyone I would want to be other than me. For all that we know about certain people throughout history, there is so much more we don’t know. I wouldn’t want to trade my life and any of its problems for someone else’s private pains and struggles. Talk about tempting fate.
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
I’ve always been drawn to the late 18th century into the early 19th century, so probably sometime between 1775 and 1825. There was just so much upheaval, and so many fascinating things going on. But honestly, I’m perfectly happy living in the present, with hot showers and vaccines and airplanes, not to mention the fact that no one is telling me to get in the kitchen and keep my mouth shut.
3. You're having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Beethoven, Shakespeare, Mary Magdalene, Boudicca, and George Washington. How’s that for an eclectic mix?
4. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall in present day. I was fortunate enough to visit there in September 2010 and fell in love. It’s a gorgeous castle with an interesting history, located on its own tidal island just off the coast of one of my favorite parts of England. There’s also something just a little magical and mystical about it. You just can’t beat that.
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you'd like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
Susanna Kearsley, who writes amazing time-slip novels set in the past and present, because she is so much fun and one of the absolute loveliest and most gracious people I have ever met. And Deanna Raybourn because everything is always more fabulous with her around.
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
Considering the fact that I’m not much of a fan of Henry VIII, I would have to say Louis XIV.
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Anne of Cleves. She was definitely more than meets the eye, and smarter and more interesting than people often give her credit for.
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, "Silent in the Grave" by Deanna Raybourn, and anything by Mary Stewart – I just can’t pick.
10. Tea or coffee when writing?
Both. It depends on my mood.
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