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10 questions with historical fiction author: Murray Pura

Murray Pura is the author of several historical fiction novels.
Murray Pura is the author of several historical fiction novels.

Murray Pura, author of "Ashton Park", "Beneath the Dover Sky", "London Dawn", "Zo", "The White Birds of Morning", "An Amish Family Christmas", "The Painted Sky", "The Rose of Lancaster County", "Whispers of a New Dawn", "The Wings of Morning", "The Face of Heaven", "A Brides Flight", and "Mizzly Fitch" answers 10 questions about his favorite time period in history, his 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?

Abraham Lincoln or Francis of Assisi.

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

The 1800s in the American West or the Middle Ages in Europe.

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

Ernest Hemingway, Michelangelo, Leo Tolstoy, Rembrandt, C.S Lewis. Yes, yes, I know I didn't mention any women. Well, I prefer to have them to myself at another table: Marie Antoinette, Napoleon's Josephine, Cleopatra, Catherine the Great, and Mary Queen of Scots.

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

The one in Germany Disneyland's was modelled after, Neuschwanstein Castle.

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

I'd go with Willard Carpenter and Patrick Craig. Two women? Marian Baay and Joy Ross Davis. If we could go in a group of twelve that would be even better.

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

Well, Henry was a handsome buck when he was young and he did compose the melody we call "Greensleeves". It's a pity he felt he had to have a divorce so badly he broke with Rome and created the Church of England. And it's a great pity he executed several of his wives. Nevertheless he did give us Elizabeth I and, bloody and hot-tempered though he was, he remains the most intriguing and enigmatic character of the two kings you've set before me..

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

Anne of the Thousand Days - Anne Boleyn.

8. English monarchy or French monarchy?

But an English monarchy for the long run, please.

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

"The Green Hills of Africa"; "All Quiet on the Western Front"; "My Name is Asher Lev".

10. Tea or coffee when writing?

Caffeinated coffee in the morning, decaff in the afternoon, cups of green tea as well and Irish Breakfast Tea as well as Prince of Wales (Twinings).

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