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10 questions with historical fiction author: Heather Webb

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Heather Webb, author of "Becoming Josephine" 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?

Responsibility and following orders is overrated. Maybe I should say some sort of outlaw instead. Jeanne d’Arc, Copernicus, Harriet Tubman, Billy the Kid?

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

The early 20th century would be a riot—all of the suffragette movements, the gorgeous clothes and fabulous music. But then there’s WWI…not so great. I’m pretty happy living in the here and now.

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

Let’s mix it up a bit to have a raucous dinner. Say Josephine Bonaparte, Hitler (a view into his twisted mind would be scary as hell and fascinating), Queen Elizabeth I, Leonardo Di Vinci, and Eva Peron.

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

No castle for me. They’re drafty and cold. I’d live at Malmaison, Josephine’s estate.

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

I’d bring a pack of my author friends (not just two)—Susan Spann, Marci Jefferson, Julianne Douglas, and the rest of my critique group.

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

Eh, I don’t care for either. Henry VIII is overdone, Louis doesn’t interest me much. I’d have to say François I if I must pick a King.

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

Anne Boleyn—she was cunning, witty, and beautiful. What’s not to like?

8. English monarchy or French monarchy?

In general I prefer stories about the common man or woman, as well as artists, adventurers, inventors, scientists, musicians, etc.

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

I’m not a big re-reader. There are just so many great books out there. I do, however, love my copies of "Wuthering Heights", "Pride and Prejudice", and "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon.

10. Tea or coffee when writing?

Coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon.


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