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10 questions with historical fiction blogger: Stephanie Tracy

Stephanie Tracy runs The Tudor Enthusiast.
Stephanie Tracy runs The Tudor Enthusiast.
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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. Stephanie Tracy from The Tudor Enthusiast answers 10 questions about the genre she so loves.

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

I'm sure this isn't actually the first one I read, but it's the first I can remember - "The Virgin's Lover" by Philippa Gregory. Absolutely loved the story between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley. I think it sparked my still-standing crush on him.

2. What are your favorite historical fiction novels?

Four that stick out the most to me are "The Queen's Rival" and "Courtesan" by Diane Haeger and Nancy Bilyeau's "The Crown" and "The Chalice." All brilliant!

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

I speak with Nancy Bilyeau and Diane Haeger pretty frequently through social media and they're both great. It's nice to hear about the things they're working on. One of my favorite authors to interview is Brandy Purdy (known as Emily in the UK). She's always lovely and so generous in her answers and book giveaways.

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

I've always been incredibly interested in Elizabeth "Bessie" Blount (star of "The Queen's Rival" by Diane Haeger). She was one of Henry VIII's most prominent mistresses from his earlier years as king, and she bore him one son, Henry Fitzroy. She later went on to marry twice and live a quiet and happy life in the English countryside. Seems she had one of the best lives of all the Tudor figures I've read about.

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

1533 would have been an interesting year to be at Henry VIII's court, since that is when Anne Boleyn married him and the whole tone of court changed drastically. At that point, Henry was still quite a pleasant and charming man, which would change in just a few years. I think being a part of all of the turmoil and excitement of court at that time would be really fun.

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

Bessie Blount (because I'd want her as a friend), Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn (would be interesting drama), Diane de Poitiers (fun stories from the French court), Katherine of Aragon (another friend + more drama), and Robert Dudley (as my boyfriend).

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

This is a tough one… I've been to Hampton Court Palace and absolutely loved it, but also think Windsor Castle and Sudeley Castle are amazing. I think I could be happy at any of the three, but if I had to choose: Hampton Court.

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

Typical answer… but I have to say Anne Boleyn. Not because she's the most respectable, but I think she's the most interesting to read about as there is so much controversial material out there about her. She was very different from the other wives, so she's the most appealing to me. But, if I were to pick based on which wife would be my friend, I'd say Katherine of Aragon.

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

Both, but I prefer traditional books. I have an iPad with the Kindle app, so I use that sometimes, but nothing beats the smell and feel of a real book. You also don't need battery power for them!

10. Tea or coffee when reading and reviewing books?

English Breakfast/Afternoon Tea. Always!


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