Beth White, author of “The Pelican Bride” and numerous other 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 would love to have the intellectual capacity and moral character of someone like Deitrich Bonhoeffer. The idea is terrifying, isn’t it?
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
I just finished a book set in 1776-1780. I think I genuinely would like to have lived during that intellectually exciting time. I would like to have discussed the ideas written about by John Locke, Adam Smith, and others who created the genius governmental system that became the United States of American.
3. You’re having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
George Washington, John Locke, Thomas Paine, Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson
4. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
You know, I don’t know anything about castles. Never been a medieval fan.
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you’d like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
Loretta Chase and Connie Brockway. Very funny, bright and entertaining women.
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
I don’t know much about Henry VIII, except wasn’t he the dude with a bazillion wives? Louis XIV seemed dashing, but he was kinda creepy. You know he had people killed in the Cevennes because they wouldn’t become Catholic? And he cheated on his wife?
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Sigh. I’m sounding really ignorant, but I don’t really know much about that time period. All those Annes and Catherines, they all run together.
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
Hmmm. They all had their problems. I’ve always enjoyed the British Regency period, though.
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
“Dawn’s Early Light” by Elswyth Thane
“The English Witch” by Loretta Chase
“Cordelia’s Honor” by Lois McMaster Bujold
10. Tea or coffee when writing?
Coffee, definitely. And soy chai latte. Whichever is available.
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