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. Caroline Wilson from Caroline Wilson Writes and contributor to the Historical Novel Society and Goodreads answers 10 questions about the genre she so loves.
1. What was the first historical fiction novel you ever read?
The first historical novel I ever read? I honestly can't remember, but I do remember loving Ann Rinaldi's books growing up. "Celia Garth" by Gwen Bristow stands out in my memory as well.
2. What are your favorite historical fiction novels?
I absolutely adore Jennifer Donnelly's "Tea Rose" series. Deanna Raybourn (the Lady Julia Grey mystery series) is a big favorite of my as well. I'm actually reading an ARC of her newest stand alone novel "City of Jasmine" right now. I hope to post a review soon!
3. Who are some historical fiction authors you have interviewed or worked with?
I spoken to both Jennifer Donnelly and Deanna Raybourn. I e-mailed them both to ask them questions since I am an aspiring historical fiction author in addition to being a reviewer. Both we're very kind and gave me great advice. I would really like to add a segment to my blog that features current historical fiction writers.
4. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?
Probably Rose Greenhow or Belle Boyd. Both were spies during the American Civil War period. In high school, I was voted most likely to survive in a past time. One of my classmates said that I would have probably been bounty hunter. I'm not sure what that says about me...
5. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
There are far too many to list. 1776 would have been an interesting year to live in as well as 1860 and 1914. I'm apparently drawn to war years!
6. You're having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; Jane Austen; Charlotte Bronte; John Singer Sargent; and William Lamb, Viscount Melbourne.
7. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
Since I studied architectural history in college, I fear my wish list of castles would fill a whole page. But if I had to narrow it down...either Biltmore House in Asheville, NC and Castletown House in County Kildare, Ireland.
8. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
I am in Anne Boleyn's camp. How fascinating would it be to talk to her? So much of her life is really unknown because of the smear campaign that was conducted after her death.
9. Do you read traditional books or use an E-Reader?
Until this past Christmas, I was firmly a hard copy book reader. But I received a tablet as a gift and I have to say that it has opened new horizons for me. For instance, I can now get ARCs through Netgalley. But I still love holding a book in my hands so I will never give those up.
10. Tea or coffee when reading and reviewing books?
What's coffee? Haha. I'm an Anglophile at heart so tea will always be my go-to beverage.