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10 questions with historical fiction author: Carrie Turansky

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Carrie Turansky, author of "The Governess of Highland Hall", "Christmas Mail-Order Brides", and "A Blue & Gray Christmas" answers 10 questions 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?

There are many women I admire, so this is a tough question, but I'd choose Eleanor Roosevelt. She was the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and a very influential first lady. She had regular press conferences, and wrote a daily newspaper column. She six children, but she was also very involved in supporting human rights.

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

I'm writing a series set in Edwardian England, so I'd love to travel back to 1912 and walk the streets of London to experience it for myself.

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

What a lovely idea! I'd invite Joan of Arc, Mary, Queen of Scots, Jennie Jerome who became Lady Randolph Churchill, Abigail Adams, and Harriet Tubman.

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

I'd love to live at Highclere Castle in Newbury, England, where they film Downton Abbey. We visited Highclere last summer, and it is amazingly beautiful. I love the gardens as well as the house, especially the lovely saloon-great hall with the high vaulted ceilings and beautiful oak staircase.

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

I am going on a tour of Scotland and England next spring that is organized by author Liz Curtis Higgs. I'll also spend some time in England with author Cathy Gohlke. I am very excited to tour with them!

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

King Louis XIV of France seems more dashing to me. King Henry Vlll was rather self-absorbed and too eager to get rid of his wives.

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

My favorite would be Katherine Parr, his sixth and final wife. She was a parton of the arts and music, and she wrote a book titled "Prayers or Medications", and it became the first work published by an English Queen under her own name. She also wrote "Laments of a Sinner" after King Henry Vlll's death.

8. English monarchy or French monarchy?

English monarchy, of course.

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

"Promise Me This" by Cathy Gohlke, a lovely Edwardian Era/WW1 story set in England, France and the USA.
"The Mitford Series" by Jan Karron, I love Father Tim and all the characters in Mitford.
"Not a Sparrow Falls" by Linda Nichols, such a beautiful story of hearts transformed and the power of prayer.

10. Tea or coffee when writing?

Earl Grey tea please, with milk and Truvia.

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