Naomi Wood, author of "The Godless Boys" and "Mrs. Hemingway" (available May 27, 2014) 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 think being Elizabeth I would have been quite fun. All that power! And sexy orange hair! And soneteers penning their thoughts on your eyes. Yes please.
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
The 1920s in Paris, barreling around with Hem and gang, sauced on too many martinis, hanging out in the salons, and shooting the breeze in the cafes.
3. You're having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
I'd have Virginia Woolf, Hemingway, Gertrude Stein (although I don't think they're allowed to sit next to each other), Henri Mattisse and Ulysses publisher Margaret Anderson. The stars of the Lost Generation, basically.
4. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
Edinburch castle. A wonderful view and a wonderful city.
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you'd like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
Hilary Mantel and Thomas Keneally.
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Catherine of Aragon. The original and the best.
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
I'd leave the monarchy to the French if I could! I'd rather we democratically elect our leaders rather than have one family inheriting power every generation.
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse", Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises", John Banville's "The Sea".
10. Tea or coffee when writing?
Coffee. Endless coffee!
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