Here’s the first question:
This is a tough question! And my answer is based on who I’d most like to interact with, and that would be Queen Elizabeth I. I don’t think I would want to BE her, however — I’d want to be someone close to her, so I could watch her, observe what she does and who she is. Fly on the wall perhaps? As long as I could keep notes. 😉 That would be fascinating to me.
And I find that whenever anyone asks me about history’s most interesting people, I always respond with Elizabeth I. I find her to be one of the most fascinating people in this world’s history. And yet, as of now, I haven’t yet written a book in her time period. Many of the books I’ve enjoyed — the Skye O’Malley series from Bertrice Small, for example, feature Elizabeth, her court and the drama and intrigue that breathes life into those times. I’ve seen the movies surrounding her, and I can never seem to get enough of them. I’ve read non-fiction about Elizabeth and her father, Henry. The struggles that Elizabeth faced as a young Queen, the mystery surrounding her relationships with Dudley and Essex, her relationships with her family, her advisors. So much!
I’d love to write a book set in that world and I fully intend to… when I come up with a good enough idea for it. 😉 There is so much stellar non-fiction and fiction out there, not just any story will do. It has to have a kick-ass heroine who interacts with Elizabeth. It has to provide suspense, mystery, intrigue. A cast of secondary characters that pulls from history as well as introduces new fictional people to love and love to hate. So yes, I’d love to write that. And someday, I will.
Right now, I’m finishing Lily’s story —set in 1819 Regency London, and one more will follow in the Willoughby family, with Cordelia’s. And after that, I’m heading off to eras unknown…
For readers—what’s the era you most love reading about? Writers, what era would you most like to write about?