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10 questions with historical fiction author: Shonna Slayton

Shonna Slayton is the author of "Cinderella's Dress".
Shonna Slayton is the author of "Cinderella's Dress".
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Shonna Slayton, author of "Cinderella's Dress" 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?

My answer changes depending on what I am researching. Right now I have a little side project I’m working on set in the late 1800s. So, I’d choose Elizabeth Bisland. She was the lesser-known writer who raced around the world against reporter Nellie Bly in 1889. And yes, I do have a Pinterest board for this.

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

I like the idea of living in a castle, and I’m always fascinating by old gold-mining towns, but I fear I like the comforts of modern times too much. I’ll go with 2013!

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

  • L.M. Montgomery
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Ben Franklin
  • Marco Polo
  • Someone from my family tree, maybe a great-great-great grandmother so we can exchange some family history (and future.)

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

Given my answer to #2, I’d choose Windsor Castle. It has been upgraded throughout the centuries and would be a delight to live in.

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

Liz Curtis Higgs and Karen Cushman. I think these gals would be a lot of fun to travel with.

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

King Henry VIII. I first learned of him when I was in elementary school and on vacation with my family in England. I found him quite shocking. Still do.

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

I don’t have a favorite. Their stories are all so tragic in different ways.

8. English monarchy or French monarchy?


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

"Anne of Green Gables"—takes me back to my childhood, "Thorn in my Heart"—breaks my heart, and "Catherine, Called Birdy"—makes me laugh.

10. Tea or coffee when writing?

Both. I alternate.

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