Tamera Alexander, author of "To Whisper Her Name", "A Lasting Impression", "From A Distance", "Beyond This Moment", "Within My Heart", "The Inheritance", "Rekindled", "Revealed", "Remembered", and "Fountain Creek Chronicles" 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?
Depending on the day this changes, but today––because I wrote about her in my upcoming novel, "A Beauty So Rare"––it would be Dorothea Dix. I greatly admire the reform Miss Dix accomplished in mental health care as well as the support (through training nurses and volunteers) that she provided soldiers during the Civil War.
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
1865, and though I know God is sovereign and that nothing happens without either his blessing or allowance, I’d beg Lincoln not to go to the theater that night.
3. You're having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Jesus, Abraham Lincoln, Dorothea Dix, Jane Austen, and Adelicia Acklen (Mistress of Belmont Mansion in Nashville)
4. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
Highclere Castle of "Downton Abbey" fame. It’s been modernized. Those castles can be cold!
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you'd like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
Lynn Austin and Elizabeth Musser. And I AM actually going with them on a trip in Summer 2014! We’re participating in a 10-day book tour in Germany and Switzerland. What fun awaits!
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
Both are more than a little interesting, but neither are quite my definition of dashing. Maybe it’s the tights...
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Jane Seymour’s history interests me. Perhaps because not nearly as much has been written about her as his other wives. Well, except for Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Oh wait…that doesn’t count, does it. ; )
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
French, if I get to live at Versailles. English, if Highclere Castle. (Is anyone else a "Downton Abbey" fan? Love it!)
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
There’s so much to read, I rarely reread novels. However, I’ve read "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers at least seven times through the years, "Timeline" by Michael Crichton three times (loved the contemporary and medieval storyline), and "Beneath a Southern Sky" by Deborah Raney twice.
10. Tea or coffee when writing?
Iced sweet tea and iced sweet coffee. Preferably served in a wine glass. Hey, why wait for a special occasion?
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