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10 questions with historical fiction author: Syrie James

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Syrie James, author of "The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen", "The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen", "Jane Austen Made Me Do It", "The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte", "Dracula, My Love", "Songbird", "Propositions", "Forbidden", and "Nocturne" answers 10 questions about 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'm very happy being me and living in this day and age! Now, if you'd asked who I'd like to go back in time and visit, that'd be a different story...

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

Now is fine with me. We've made such strides in science, medicine, technology, basic freedoms, and women's rights, that (although we still have a long way to go) I prefer to live now than in the past.

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

Jesus Christ, William Shakespeare, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Jane Austen. (It was really hard to keep it to only 5! I would have included Michelangelo and Mozart, but then I'd need a translator.)

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


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

Susanna Kearsley and Diana Gabaldon.

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

Henry was a barbarian. I prefer King Louis XIV. Under his reign, France became the most powerful country in Europe. He said he was the sun, and that his courtiers and France should revolve around him like planets. You gotta love it!

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

Catherine of Aragon. She is selfless and seems to embody the true characteristics of a queen in her time.

8. English monarchy or French monarchy?

That's a tough choice. But I'll choose English because I'm such a Jane Austen fan. :)

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

"Pride and Prejudice", "Persuasion", and "Jane Eyre".

10. Tea or coffee when writing?

Neither. I drink water!

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