The world of historical fiction features great authors and great bloggers and book reviewers who help promote the wonderful novels written by these fantastic historical fiction writers. These bloggers and reviewers have a passion for historical fiction and are proud to promote the works they read and enjoy. Ariel Price from One Little Library and The Junia Project answers 10 questions about the genre she so loves.
1. What was the first historical fiction novel you ever read?
Growing up, I spent summers at our church, where my mom was the secretary. The church library had a huge collection of historical fiction, and that’s where I came across "The Mark of the Lion" series by Francine Rivers. That setting/time period is now one of my favorites!
2. What are your favorite historical fiction novels?
My number 1 favorite is "The Dovekeepers" by Alice Hoffman. "Girl With a Pearl Earring" and "I’ll Be Seeing You" are also books that I love. I find that I’m attracted to fiction about Ancient Rome or Israel, World War II, and really anything with a strong female lead. I love reading about forgotten women in history who broke boundaries and changed lives.
3. Who are some historical fiction authors you have interviewed or worked with?
I’m just now starting to really engage with authors on my blog, and it’s been so much fun already! Forthcoming interviews include Ariel Lawhon and Charles Finch.
4. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?
Elizabeth I. She has always been an enigma to me; I’d love to have a peek into her life.
5. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
Probably anywhere in the 1940s-50s. Not that I would’ve enjoyed living through WWII, but it would’ve been interesting to watch women’s roles and standard of living change so drastically so quickly—and be part of the change.
6. You're having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history; who would they be?
Deborah (the Israelite Judge), the disciple John, Charlotte Bronte, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Elizabeth I.
7. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye is GORGEOUS. I come from a long line of MacLeods, and Scotland is the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen, so I would love to live in the highlands.
8. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Catherine of Aragon, for sure. Henry was an idiot to send her away! Catherine was a truly majestic and noble queen. The people loved her, and when you’re a tyrant like Henry, you need a queen whom the people love.
9. Do you read traditional books or use an E-Reader?
Both, although I do prefer traditional. E-readers are great when I’m traveling, but I like bookmarking and underlining in traditional paperbacks so that it’s easy for me to recall quotes later when I review.
10. Tea or coffee when reading and reviewing books?
Both again! I enjoy coffee in the mornings and tea in the evenings—it just depends on when I’m reading/reviewing.