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10 questions with historical fiction blogger: Kathryn Powell

Kathryn Powell runs A Bibliotaph's Reviews.
Courtesy of Kathryn Powell

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. Kathryn Powell from A Bibliotaph's Reviews answers 10 questions about the genre she so loves.

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

I can’t actually remember what the first one I ever read was, I’ve been reading since I was a child, and historical fiction was always a genre I loved. I think it was possibly "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry. It follows the rescuing of the Danish Jews during World War II.

2. What are your favorite historical fiction novels?

I particularly like "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak and "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden.

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

I’ve had the pleasure of having correspondence with Robert Bartram to review his book "Dance the Moon Down". I’m still in the process of reading the book, but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far.

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

That is a tough question, there’s so many figures I admire throughout history. Perhaps Tsarina Catherine of Russia or Boudicea, a warrior queen of British Iceni tribe, a Celtic tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire.

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

I’m perfectly happy with the year 2014, though the Ancient Celts did have a nice system for women as did the Vikings.

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

My choices would definitely be Boudicea, Tsarina Catherine, Queen Mary Stewart, Queen Victoria, and Sappho; four queens and one woman who is considered one of 10 great poets by Plato.

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

Hmmm Edinburgh Castle, Kilchurn Castle, or Castle Neuwachstein hands down. I’ve visited Neuwachstein actually, and despite its unfinished status it’s a gorgeous place to be. I walked in and wished I never had to leave again.

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

Anne Boleyn is a fascinating wife to study I think. I know she’s probably cliché, but considering she ended up causing the Church of England switch from Catholicism to Protestantism. If that isn’t impressive, I don’t know what is.

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

I read both! I have the kindle app on my iPad mini which is easier to take to work (and makes it easier to keep my books from getting mixed with those at work). If I have to pick, traditional books still hold a bit more of a pull on me.

10. Tea or coffee when reading and reviewing books?

Tea definitely! I’m very much a tea person, with my cabinet full of different types of tea.


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