Ally Broadfield, author of “Just A Kiss” and “How to Beguile a Duke” (available December 8, 2014) answers 10 questions about her favorite time period in history, her favorite figures from history, and the age old question of coffee or tea.
1. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?
Catherine the Great of Russia. I’ve always been fascinated by her and would love to go back and find out her real story.
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
1942. Though it was a challenging time for our country, I would love to know what it was like to be a part of the “Greatest Generation” that was able to put its differences aside and come together for a common cause.
3. You’re having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Jane Austen, Margaret Thatcher, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Jean-Jacques Rousseu.
4. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
Windsor Castle. So much history occurred there, and the gardens and surrounding area are gorgeous. Imagine if those walls could talk!
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you’d like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
- Diana Gabaldon, because she has obviously done so much historical research for her books, and I would love a glimpse into the mind that creates such fascinating stories.
- Eloisa James for so many reasons. She’s lived in Paris and England, and she’s a Shakespeare professor. She’d make an excellent guide, and how much more interesting can you get?
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
This is a difficult question to answer because they were both extremely interesting, but I’d have to go with Henry VIII. Not just because of the drama with his six wives, but because of his role in the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church.
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
It’s hard to choose between Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, but I’d have to go with Anne for the sheer courage and audacity it took to convince a King to dump his wife and marry her.
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
- “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
- “Spring Moon” by Bette Bao Lord
- “Dragonfly in Amber” by Diana Gabaldon
10. Tea or coffee when writing?
Definitely tea, and lots of it.
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