Jamie Carie, author of "The Duchess and the Dragon", "Wind Dancer", "Love's First Light", "Angel's Den", "The Snowflake", "Pirate of my Heart", "The Guardian Duke", "The Forgiven Duke", "and A Duke's Promise" 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?
Ah, questions like this drive me crazy (in a good way) because they get my mind spinning with possibilities. I mean who wouldn't want to be Jesus, the Son of God? And yet, who would want to endure what He had to endure on the cross? Then there's a whole host of Bible characters that are interesting to consider: Adam, keeper of the Garden of Eden, Noah and the flood – what about being his wife? She must have thought he was certifiably crazy at times! There's David who faced Goliath, Abraham or Sarah, Joseph or the deciples. The list here could go on and on.
But then I think what about some of my favorite historical authors, artists and musicians like Shakespeare, Van Gogh and Handel (to name but a few). But when you really look at many of their lives, well, there is a reason that these types are said to be tortured, isn't there?
Then there is histories best politicians and inventors – Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Martin Luther King, Marie Curie, Tomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, the list goes on and on. Can you imagine being the first person to fly or hear a voice over a wire, or see a molecule?
And then that line of thinking makes me wonder . . . what if I could go back and be some horrid monster, like Hitler. What if I could be him as a child knowing what I know now. Could I stop him? When he is faced with that first wrong decision could I make him do the opposite? And then the next and the next and next until he ended up being someone not a monster at all. Someone common but kind? Someone who did't want to rule the world but wanted to serve it?
And that brings me back to Jesus. But I shudder to think of what he went through. What if Jesus had failed?
So I guess I have to say I just want to be me, and do the best I can being me, my little part of humanity upon the grand scheme of time.
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
I tend to romanticize history but in the back of my mind I know it would be really difficult to live without modern comforts and needs (medicine, running water, air-conditioning!). I have always had a patriotic soul so I would have to say sometime around the American Revolution or the Westward Expansion. So much courage and romantic, heroic tales just waiting to be told.
3. You're having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Jesus, whomever wrote the book of Hebrews (I would love to get the scoop on that secret), George and Martha Washington (I wonder if they would have different perspectives on the events of their lives. Would they argue? "George, you know that Benedict Arnold didn't like us from the start." Lol) and Elvis – for fun!
4. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
Well, I'm excited to say that I will be visiting Killyleagh Castle in Killyleagh, Ireland this fall! This is the castle on the cover of "The Guardian Duke", book one in the Forgotten Castles series. My heroine stayed in Killyleagh for a few days while searching for her parents (and running from her guardian, the duke) so I'm over the moon excited to get to see it in person. I would probably love to live there!
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you'd like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
Oh, that is a tough one. Probably Laura Kinsale (my favorite historical romance writer) and Julie Lessman because she just seems like so much fun.
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
Well, neither is very dashing to me, but I think Louis XIV would be interesting to talk to because I did a lot of research about the French Revolution while writing Love's First Light, set in Paris and Carcassonne, France during that time period.
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
I must confess to being a bit rusty on that part of history. Can I get back to you? :-)
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
English. Lots of drama and lots of stories there.
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
"Flowers from the Storm", by Laura Kinsale - or any of hers, she still teaches me how to write - "Gone with the Wind" and "Jane Eyre".
10. Tea or coffee when writing?
One cup of coffee in the morning. I try to drink green tea for the weight-loss benefits but it's pretty weak and blah.
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