Judith McCoy Miller, author of the “Bells of Lowell” series, “Bride Veil Island” series, “Broadmoor Legacy” series, “Daughters of Amana” series, “Freedom’s Path” series, “Home to Amana” series, “Lights of Lowell” series, “Postcards from Pullman” series, “Refined By Love” series”, “Spring’s Memory”, “American Dream”, “Kansas”, “China Tapestry”, “The Carousel Painter”, “Prairie Romance Collection”, “A Patchwork Christmas Collection”, and “Immigrant Brides Collection” 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?
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
I really enjoy researching and writing stories set between 1850-1900 so I think I would pick that time period.
3. You’re having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Jesus Christ, Willa Cather, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Jonas Salk. I think that group would provide me with some interesting table conversation.
4. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
I’m not sure I’d want to live in a castle because I think they might be a bit drafty and I like to be toasty warm in winter. However, I love the beauty of Mad King Ludwig’s, Neuschwanstein. The view from the castle is incredible and one can easily understand why Ludwig chose this spot as the site for his mountaintop retreat
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you’d like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
Liz Curtis Higgs because I love her joyful spirit and abiding faith, and Julie Klassen because I enjoy her sweet disposition and quick wit—and both have an abiding love of all things historical.
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
King Louis XIV. Of the two choices, I think he was a better ruler.
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Catherine of Aragon.
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
“Redeeming Love”, “O Pioneers”, and a more current choice, “Loving Frank”
10. Tea or coffee when writing?
Coffee with a dash of non-fat cream, but I also like hot tea, especially in winter—particularly a blend known as Boulder Blue—and chocolate, of course.
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