Jen Turano, author of "A Match of Wits", "A Talent for Trouble", "A Most Peculiar Circumstance", "A Change of Fortune", and "A Gentleman of Her Dreams" 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?
I think I would choose Alva Vanderbilt (Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt who then became Mrs. Oliver Belmont after she divorced William.) She was a very interesting lady, strong-willed and made numerous mistakes in her life – as in forcing her daughter Consuelo to marry a duke to gain a title – However, she always stood up for the underdog and, later in life, she became a driving force behind the suffrage movement.
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
1885 – but only if I could live in New York City and then spend my summers in Newport.
3. You're having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Marie Antoinette, Jane Austen, Susan B. Anthony, Mark Twain, and Henry Lehr
4. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
The Hearst Castle – known as La Cuesta Encantada – It’s a palatial 125 acre estate in San Simeon, California.
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you'd like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
Julia Quinn and Amanda Quick (Jayne Anne Krentz)
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
I think King Henry VIII was probably more dashing in his younger years, but since he had that nasty habit of doing away with his wives, I’m going to go with King Louis XIV – even though he had numerous mistresses – at least he didn’t have his first wife executed.
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Catherine of Aragon
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
Susan Elizabeth Phillips – "Ain’t She Sweet" – Elizabeth Adler – "Fortune is a Woman" – And any of the "Harry Potter" books – I’ve read those numerous times – and even read the entire series out loud to my son when he was younger.
10. Tea or coffee when writing?
Neither – I’m more of a Diet Pepsi kind of girl.
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