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10 questions with historical fiction author: Carla Stewart

Carla Stewart is the author of The Hatmaker's Heart", "Sweet Dreams", "Stardust", "Broken Wings", and "Chasing  Lilacs".
Carla Stewart is the author of The Hatmaker's Heart", "Sweet Dreams", "Stardust", "Broken Wings", and "Chasing Lilacs".
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Carla Stewart, author of "The Hatmaker's Heart", "Sweet Dreams", "Stardust", "Broken Wings", and "Chasing Lilacs"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?

Mary Magdalene from the New Testament. I would have loved to have seen the time of Jesus through her eyes and with her heart.

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

That’s a hard choice. Since I’ve been writing about the Roaring Twenties, I’ll pick that – a simply fascinating era!

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

Mary, Queen of Scots
The disciple Peter
Actor James Stewart
Amelia Earhart
Florence Nightingale

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

Bolton Castle in North Yorkshire. Although it’s a ruin now, Mary, Queen of Scots, spend eight years imprisoned there. The views of the Yorkshire Dales are spectacular from the top of the wall that remains standing.

5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you’d like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?

Sarah Sundin (who write WWII stories) and Lynne Gentry (who writes time travel back to the third century and the Roman Empire).

6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?

King Henry VIII because I’m more familiar with him and know that he is still revered today by the British. This irony—a king whose killing his wives was justified because he wanted an heir—still makes me shake my head in disbelief.

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

Anne Boleyn

8. English monarchy or French monarchy?


9. What three novels could you read over and over?

"Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen, "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver, and
The Shell Seekers" by Rosamund Pilcher. And I have read them over and over again.

10. Tea or coffee when writing?

Coffee anytime, writing or not. During the long hours of heading toward a deadline, I sometimes do indulge in a cup of tea for a change of pace.

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