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10 questions with historical fiction blogger: Tina Van Dyn Hoven

Tina Van Dyn Hoven runs Pages of Comfort.
Courtesy of Tina Van Dyn Hoven

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. Tina Van Dyn Hoven from Pages of Comfort answers 10 questions about the genre she so loves.

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

"The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory. I had heard of the book and the movie, so I borrowed it from my aunt. She loved the whole series, so I thought it was worth a shot! After I read that, I was hooked! I love learning about how people live in the past, what their daily lives were like; I find it very intriguing!

2. What are your favorite historical fiction novels?

"The Other Boleyn Girl" and "The Constant Princess" by Philippa Gregory, "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana de Rosnay

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

I participated in a blog tour with Trini Amador for his book "Gracianna".

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

I would really love to be Abraham Lincoln. I think having such a huge impact on a country and standing up for what you believe would be amazing.

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

I think I'd like to live in the 1500's or 1600's. I don't have a great reason for it, I just find that time period fascinating and would like to experience it first-hand.

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

Abraham Lincoln, Princess Diana, Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr, and Rosa Parks

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

I'd live in any! I'd like to live in an older castle, maybe in Ireland or England. But I also wouldn't turn down living at Buckingham Palace if I had the chance!

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

I would have to say Catherine of Aragon. I find her story to be compelling and I feel like she was one of the only wives who really cared for Henry in the beginning and wasn't just about the fame of being Queen to the King..

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

I prefer to read traditional print books. But I do have an iPad and every now and then I'll read a book on my Kindle app. Not too often, but I do get review books sent to me in that format that I enjoy reading. I just really prefer to have a physical book in my hands.

10. Tea or coffee when reading and reviewing books?

Hmm, I would have to say coffee, though it has to be flavored! But more often than not, its a soda or water.


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