Marina Maxwell, author of “Land of the Long Grass”, “Time and a Legend”, and “Her Fatal Touch” 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?
Most of history was a lousy place to be a woman so I’d definitely change sex and become that charismatic explorer, writer, linguist, diplomat, spy, fencer, and all round-romantic renegade of the 19th Century, Sir Richard Francis Burton (And, no, not a husband of Elizabeth Taylor as well.)
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
c. 1-33AD, Jerusalem. To see for myself if Jesus really happened.
3. You’re having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Sir Richard Francis Burton, Empress Catherine the Great, Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten), Lola Montez, and Boudicca (Boadicea).
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you’d like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
Colleen McCullough and Geraldine Brookes
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
Perhaps when young men they both had dash but both became control-freak despots which doesn’t do much to make them attractive. Louis vaguely more interesting than Henry who has been over-exposed.
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Am seriously over the endless obsession with these pesky wives. OK, if I’m forced …Katherine Parr because she was the only one to gain a short spell of personal happiness after the experience of being married to a control-freak despot.
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
Why can’t I choose Russian?
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
None. I’ve loved many, but rarely read anything twice because there are far too many fantastic novels still on my reading list and my time on the planet is finite.
10. Tea or coffee when writing?
Tea early morning, coffee mid morning, herbal tea afternoon.
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