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10 questions with historical fiction author: Melanie Dobson

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Melanie Dobson, author of "The Courier of Caswell Hall", "Where the Trail Ends", "Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan", "Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania", "Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa", "Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa", "Love Finds you in Liberty, Indiana", "The Black Cloister""The Silent Order", and "Refuge on Crescent Hill" 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?

Harriet Beecher Stowe. She wrote a powerful, redemptive story that changed hearts and compelled readers to fight against slavery.

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

I'm fascinated by many different eras, but I think I'd prefer to live now and read about those years. But then again, it would be fun to step back in time for a day or two...

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

Mary, the mother of Jesus. Sarah Edwards. C.S. Lewis. Harriet Beecher Stowe. George Müller.

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

The magical Schloss Hohenschwangau in the Bavarian Alps.

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

Sarah Sundin and Julie Klassen. They both have a beautiful eye for details, and I'd love to learn from them.

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

I'm going with King Louis XIV of France.

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

Catherine Parr. From what I've read, she was an educated author, loving step-mom, and as wife #6, a survivor.

8. English monarchy or French monarchy?

French monarchy (I just finished writing a novel about a French noblewoman so I'm a bit biased).

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

"The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas. "Quinlin's Estate" by David Ryan Long. "A Light in the Window" by Jan Karon.

10. Tea or coffee when writing?

Green tea in the morning. Coffee in the afternoon (and sometimes evenings!).

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