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. Elizabeth Coscarelli Petrovich from Silver's Reviews answers 10 questions about the genre she so loves.
1. What was the first historical fiction novel you ever read?
That definitely is taking me back a long way. I would say "Gone With The Wind" by Margaret Mitchell. The South and the Civil War Era are my favorite times in history as well as Victorian England.
2. What are your favorite historical fiction novels?
I have been blogging for three wonderful years and have read so many amazing books, but my favorite current historical novels are:
- "The Island House" by Posie Graeme-Evans
- "The Lavender Garden" by Lucinda Riley
- "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline
3. Who are some historical fiction authors you have interviewed or worked with?
I have worked with many authors and have had the pleasure of meeting authors at the BEA. I have worked closely with the authors of my favorite historical novels and have exchanged e-mails with Posie Graeme-Evans.
4. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?
I don’t think I would like to be anyone else but myself, but if I had to choose I would choose the current Queen Elizabeth when she first began her reign. Having the same name as the Queen would make the transition quite easy. :)
5. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
I thoroughly enjoy reading books set in London and Edinburgh in the 1600’s and 1800’s. Even though the living conditions were not ideal back then, I would like to live during that era. I would love to wear the clothing even though it was cumbersome for women. The gowns seemed to be so gorgeous. And...I would definitely have to be gentry. :)
6. You're having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
I would invite Queen Elizabeth, Abraham Lincoln, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, and Alexander the Great. That certainly is a diversified group, don’t you think? It would make for some interesting dinner conversation especially with the language barrier.
7. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
I would want to live in the castle in Edinburgh, Scotland. I have visited it a number of times since my son lived down the hill from it when he worked in Edinburgh. The Castle and its grounds are lovely.
8. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
I feel sorry for all of them, but my TWO favorites are Anne Boleyn and Katherine Parr. I just couldn't choose one. :)
Okay, okay....if I have to choose one, it would be Anne Boleyn.
9. Do you read traditional books or use an E-Reader?
I prefer reading traditional books, but use an E-Reader when I "have" to. Since I am an historical fiction fan, I like the “old-fashioned” ways of doing things. :)
10. Tea or coffee when reading and reviewing books?
Tea if I do drink anything, but I normally do not eat or drink while I am reading.