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10 questions with historical fiction author: Laurie Alice Eakes

Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of numerous historical fiction novels.
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Laurie Alice Eakes, author of "The Honorable Heir", "A Lady's Honor", "Moonlighit Promise: Sincerely Yours", "The Professor's Heart", "A Reluctant Courtship", "Choices of the Heart", "The Carpenter's Inheritance", "A Flight of Fancy", "Heart's Safe Passage", "Printed On My Heart: Highland Crossings", "A Necessary Deception", "Lady in the Mist", "When the Snow Flies", "The Newcomer", "The Heiress", "The Glassblower", "Better Than Gold", and "Family Guardian" 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’m torn between Mary Ann Evans/George Eliot because I’d like to be able to write like she did, and Martha Ballard because midwives were so crucial to society.

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

That would depend on where I got to live. In America, probably around 1800. In England, around 1760.

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

If they didn’t all have to have lived at the same time… Let’s see: Christopher Marlowe,Charles II, Thomas Jefferson… Better think up some ladies to balance this off. Jane Austen, and Sarah Josepha Hale. Hmm, I sure do lean toward the literary except for Charles II. He was just a great wit.

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

Oh, Chateau de Chillon there in the middle of Lake Geneva. What a view from every window!

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

Jo Beverley and…hmm…Dewey Lambdin.

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

Definitely Henry VIII. I’m kind of a pushover for musical men.

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

I confess I don’t know enough about any of them to pick this one. Anne Boleyn is the most famous, but I think Katherine Parr, mainly because she managed to out live him.

8. English monarchy or French monarchy?

English.

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

"Jane Eyre", "Shanna", and "Sanguinet’s Crown"

10. Tea or coffee when writing?

Coffee, the stronger the better.

Laurie Alice Eakes's official website:

http://www.lauriealiceeakes.com/