Tracy L. Higley, author of “The Queen’s Handmaid”, “City of the Dead”, “Pyramid of Secrets”, “Garden of Madness”, “Shadow of Colossus”, “Isle of Shadows”, “Guardian of the Flame”, “Keeper of the Flame”, “So Shines the Night”, “Pompeii: City on the Rise”, City on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii”, “Petra: City in Stone”, “Palace of Darkness”, “Chasing Babylon”, “Marduk’s Tablet’, “Fallen From Babel”, and “Retrovirus” 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?
Tough one, since so many famous historical characters lived brutal or tragic lives! But I think I would be an Egyptian queen or female Pharaoh – perhaps Cleopatra, Nefertiti or Hatshepsut.
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
I like my modern conveniences, so I’m going to say the 1920s, when archaeology hit its heyday and ancient civilizations were being dug up everywhere.
3. You’re having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Moses, King Tut, Mary Leakey, Sir Arthur Evans and Howard Carter (the last three are archaeologists from the 20th century)
4. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
Is Cair Paravel cheating? Second choice: the Doge’s Palace in Venice.
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you’d like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
Tosca Lee and Stephen Lawhead
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
Medieval history’s not really my era. Now if you’d asked me Tutankhamen or Akhenaten…
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Hey, why all these medieval questions?! I’m rebelling. Livia is my favorite of Caesar Augustus’s wives.
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
Oh, fine. English.
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. “The Paradise War”. “Jane Eyre”.
10. Tea or coffee when writing?
Coffee! Definitely coffee!
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