Laura Frantz, author of "Love's Fortune", "Love's Awakening", "Love's Reckoning", "The Colonel's Lady", "Courting Morrow Little", and "The Frontiersman's Daughter"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 would actually choose a hero from your own state, Pennsylvania. Ever since my childhood in Kentucky, I’ve always been besotted with Daniel Boone. Despite reams of research, I’ve never found one negative about him. He truly was a man of integrity, fearless and visionary. Perhaps that’s why we Kentuckians have tried to adopt him and make him ours!
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
1784, the end of the American Revolution. Our country was in such a state of turmoil but it was exciting and amazing year because of the war and all it wrought. Some amazing historical figures were alive during that turbulent time which makes your next question so interesting to me...
3. You're having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
George and Martha Washington, Daniel Boone, Andrew Carnegie, and Pocahontas. What an odd, eclectic bunch, huh?
4. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
That’s easy given my family history. I’d choose Wedderburn Castle in the Scottish Borders as I’m a Hume/Home descendant with a Jacobite past.
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you'd like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
Liz Curtis Higgs and James Alexander Thom. I’m actually going to Scotland again in May with Liz and so wish we could just continue traveling from there!
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
I’m not a big fan of Henry’s disposable wives policy and I’m not fond of Louis’s extravagance and extramarital affairs. But given the choice, Louis wins! He did love ballet – and both his wives managed to keep their heads!
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Anne Boleyn, hands down. She was smart, savvy, and did the best she could while she could. Plus she gave birth to Elizabeth I. Enough said!
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
I’m a huge fan of the present British monarchy, mostly because of Diana and Kate, but find their history very dark – though the French have quite a legacy of drama and bloodshed all their own.
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
"The Blue Castle" by L.M. Mongomery, "Song of Years" by Bess Streeter Aldrich, and "Follow the River" by James Alexander Thom.
10. Tea or coffee when writing?
Earl Grey tea with cream and sugar – and anything coffee-related with a Keurig. I’m afraid I’m a glutton for both!
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