Tracie Peterson, author of various historical fiction novels 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 wouldn’t want to be anyone in particular, but it would be interesting to see various things in history – the first printed Bible for the masses, the first steam engines, the first flight, and things like that.
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
I used to think I’d like to have been a pioneer on the Oregon Trail, experience untamed America. Now, however, I know too much about history to want to go back and live in the past. It was such a hard life and I’m grateful to have what innovations and medications we have today. I think as mentioned in #1 it would be interesting to see people experiencing certain firsts in history, but I’m happy being here and now.
3. You’re having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Wow, that’s really hard. I guess at this moment it would be – Oswald Chambers, Queen Elizabeth I, George Frideric Handel, Rembrandt and the Apostle Paul.
4. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
I’ve been in a lot of castles and they are pretty damp, cold and gloomy. However, I love Windsor Castle in England.
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you’d like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
I’ve actually traveled quite a bit with various authors. Judith Miller and I toured the highlands in Scotland with Liz Curtis Higgs and that was incredible fun. However, I love going with my husband, who although he is not a writer per se, he is a historian and can give me a lot of insight on various historical locations.
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
I would say Henry was probably more interesting even though he was arrogant, unreasonably self-focused and steeped in sin. He had a big hand in reforming the church and he was highly educated and valued art, music, and knowledgeable.
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Probably Catherine of Aragon – his first. She was a strong woman of faith and put up with a great deal. If not her – then Catherine Parr who brought Henry and his children back together.
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
“Pride and Prejudice”, “A Rose in Winter”, and “Anne of Green Gables”
10. Tea or coffee when writing?
Coffee with lots of cream
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