Diann Ducharme, author of “The Outer Banks House”, “Return to the Outer Banks House”, and “Chasing Eternity” 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?
I would be Emily Whaley (b.1900, d.1987), a spirited South Carolinian woman of many talents: gardener (she cultivated the most visited private garden in America), cook, pianist, ballroom dancer, longtime wife and mother of three children. Her wit and wisdom are documented in two treasured biographies and resound with her passion, determination and love of life. She shows me that women can pursue their passions while raising children and managing a household.
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
1950, when my mother was 16 years old. The world was her oyster! And those skirts and cardigans…so charming.
3. You’re having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Nancy Mitford, Virginia Woolf, Margaret Fuller, Katharine Hepburn, Sally Hemings
4. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
Dunluce Castle on the northern Irish coast–the most gorgeous views of the sea, yet its crumbling walls echo with love and loss.
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you’d like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
Diana Gabaldon, the author of the “Outlander” series which has been a little obsession of mine for a long time, and Anthony Doerr, author of “All the Light We Cannot See,” a beautiful book that I just finished–astonishing in its depth of knowledge and detail of the World War II era in France and Germany.
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
Henry VIII–what a king! Despicable on so many levels, but he knew how to get what he wanted!
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Jane Seymour, his 3rd wife. She is the only of Henry’s wives to receive a queen’s funeral and bear him a son. She was gentle, compassionate and dutiful yet was never crowned as queen. She is the only consort to be buried beside Henry, and probably the only woman who could tolerate him for eternity.
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt, “Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier, “Ahab’s Wife”, or “The Star-Gazer” by Sena Jeter Naslund
10. Tea or coffee when writing?
Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon
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