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. Emma Cazabonne from Words and Peace and a contributor to France Book Tours, Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, Premier Virtual Author Book Tours, Audiobook Jukebox, Author Alliance, Book Promotion Services, Book Sneeze, For Edelweiss, NetGalley, Goodreads, and Amazon answers 10 questions about the genre she so loves.
1. What was the first historical fiction novel you ever read?
Probably "Ivanhoe", by Walter Scott. I was less than 10, so that's quite a while ago; and I read it in French.
2. What are your favorite historical fiction novels?
My favorite ever could well be "The Count of Monte Cristo". If I may cheat, I believe my favorite so far this year is "The Painted Girls", by Cathy Marie Buchanan.
3. Who are some historical fiction authors you have interviewed or worked with?
I was very fortunate to interview Debra Dean through email, and then to meet her in person!
I also interviewed online some authors that do not write exclusively HF, but who had just done so when I interviewed them: Juliette Sobanet, Helena Fairfax, and Deanna Raybourne.
4. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?
Hmm, its getting more and more difficult! Maybe Hildegard of Bingen - sorry to aim that high!
But at one point I shared some elements of her life; I am fascinated by her level of education, and her vast interest in all the arts, going from music to the use of herbs!
5. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
1098 in France, at a time of a strong desire to go back to the roots of one's culture and convictions. That's the year of the birth of the Cistercian Order, perfect example of this vast movement of reform.
6. You're having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Gregory Palamas, Bernard of Clairvaux, Verdi, Désirée Clary (Napoleon Bonaparte's first fiancée), and John Dee (consultant to Queen Elizabeth I).
7. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
Without hesitation: Neuschwanstein, Ludwig II's castle in Bavaria, Germany.
8. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
9. Do you read traditional books or use an E-Reader?
Both! I love reading ebooks on my Nook Color. And oh, I also enjoy audiobooks a lot. We are fortunate to have amazing HF narrators. My favorite HF audiobook of 2012 was "Bring Up the Bodies", by Hilary Mantel.
10. Tea or coffee when reading and reviewing books?
Relaxing tea, as I do most of my reading between 6pm to 11pm..... or later !!