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10 questions with historical fiction author: Marci Jefferson

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Marci Jefferson, author of "Girl on the Golden Coin" 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?

Frances Stuart lived in two of the most famous royal courts of all time, those of Louis XIV of France and Charles II of England. I must choose her, because she managed to indulge in the delights of both without compromising her honor.

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

I'd like to say the 1660's in Restoration England since that is the setting of "GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN", but it was too dangerous! So I'll take any year during the cultural rebirth of the Renaissance, with its lustrous intellectual and artistic transition.

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

Cleopatra, Anne Boleyn, Frances Stuart, Joan of Arc, and Mary Magdalene. Wouldn’t you like to hear these women tell their stories?

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

Fontainebleau Palace south of Paris has the gorgeous architecture, fairytale forest, breathtaking art, and interesting history that captures the imagination.

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

Margaret George because she doesn't let rules get in the way of her on-site research. Sarah Dunant because she told a story in a recent interview about how she snuck into off-limit rooms in the Vatican for her research. I love an author with an adventurous spirit!

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

Historical accounts claim both were handsome and athletic in their younger years, but there is nothing attractive about a bully, so I must choose Louis because he treated his intimate dependents with more respect.

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

Even after all the various Tudor books and movies, it is still Anne Boleyn. She dared more, risked more, and left the lasting legacy.

8. English monarchy or French monarchy?

If we’re dealing with the late seventeenth century when most of "GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN" is set, I have to choose the English monarchy. It wasn't as stable as France, but Charles II was just more fun, and changes within his government were leading to the development of democracy.

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


10. Tea or coffee when writing?

I’m a three-cup-per-day tea drinker.

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