Olivia Newport, author of "Accidentally Amish", "In Plain View", "The Pursuit of Lucy Banning", "The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow", "The Invention of Sarah Cummings", and a series called "Hidden Falls" 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 comes to mind. She used her talents and influence to make a difference on a crucial matter of justice. That’s something to admire.
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
1893. I would be curious to see if the research I did for the Avenue of Dreams historical series set in Chicago was true to the time—and whether I learned enough from research to function at that time.
3. You're having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
I would pick a geographical location, maybe a European city, and invite five women from five different centuries. We could have some wild conversations about how life changed, but how it also was the same.
4. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
I don’t know too much about castles, but the old European cathedrals fascinate me. They sometimes took centuries to build and were a gathering point and major employer for the whole community—as well as a center for compassionate care of the poor. I’ve seen one in London and one in Vienna and would love to see more. They hold so much history in their walls.
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you'd like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
I admire the work of Julie Klassen and Lauraine Snelling. I’m pretty sure we could have a good time.
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
Can I pick Louis XIV just because I know enough about Henry VIII that I find unappealing? I also appreciate that Louis XIV was a patron of the arts.
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Number 1, Catherine of Aragon. It seems to me that she stepped up to what was expected of her at the time, even though she likely had little choice, and showed fierce, steadfast determination during everything she went through.
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
I’d have to go with English just because it’s culturally more familiar—though it might be fun to learn and understand more about the French.
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
I don’t usually read novels more than once, so that’s a hard one to answer!
10. Tea or coffee when writing?
Depends. I’ve never been a straight coffee drinker, but whether I’m having coffee or tea, these days I’m likely to load it with frothy warm milk from the new gadget I got for Christmas.
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