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10 questions with historical fiction blogger: Katherine Gypson

Katherine Gypson runs Historical Fiction Notebook.
Courtesy of Katherine Gypson

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. Katherine Gypson from Historical Fiction Notebook answers 10 questions about the genre she so loves.

1. What was the first historical fiction novel you ever read?

"Legacy" by Susan Kay - THE best novel about Elizabeth I. I was 11 years old and I had read some non-fiction about the Tudors and the Windsors before then but this was my first historical novel. It was so vivid and fast-paced - it got me hooked on historical fiction.

2. What are your favorite historical fiction novels?

Susan Kay is definitely on there. Just about any novel by Jude Morgan, Margaret George, Sharon Kay Penman, Stephanie Cowell and C.J. Sansom.

3. Who are some historical fiction authors you have interviewed or worked with?

I've interviewed C.W. Gortner (who is so nice!) and Elizabeth Freemantle, author of Queen's Gambit. On Twitter and Facebook, I've interacted with Emma Darwin, Susan Holloway, Robin Oliveira and Elizabeth Chadwick. And one time, I went to a reading given by Susan Elia MacNeal, the author of "Mr. Churchill's Secretary". She was so amazingly kind and interesting and she invited me to come out to dinner with her and her friends after the reading!

4. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?

I think it would be pretty amazing to see what it was like to be Elizabeth I - but only for a little while!

5. What year in history would you have liked to live in?

I'd be interested in seeing Belle Epoque Paris or late Victorian or Edwardian London. That's a favorite time period of mine and it would be interesting to see how different things were back then but not too terrifying and disconcerting (like going back to Medieval Europe or Ancient Rome).

6. You're having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?

William Shakespeare, Queen Victoria, Jesus, Nicholas II and any ancestor of mine from Medieval or Tudor England - I'd like to know what life was like for an ordinary person!

7. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?

The Tower of London - it's an amazing place as long as you're not imprisoned there!

8. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?

Anne Boleyn - completely misunderstood and with a lot more depth and intelligence then she gets credit for - plus, she's the mother of the greatest monarch in English history!

9. Do you read traditional books or use an E-Reader?

I read a mix of both. I don't think I will ever abandon print books but I love the flexibility of e-books.

10. Tea or coffee when reading and reviewing books?

Mostly coffee, but tea if it's later in the night!


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