Celebrate Historical Fiction Week!

Posted by Hayley on August 3, 2015
While some scientists are searching for a wormhole to travel back in time, fans of historical fiction have already discovered their own personal time machines, conveniently located on their bookshelves! With the simple turning of a page, historical fiction readers are transported to a different place and time, whether that's Tudor England, 18th century Scotland, or America at the start of the Second World War.

We're celebrating our love for historical fiction by featuring authors, groups, giveaways, and Listopia lists throughout the week. To kick it all off, we asked a few bestselling historical fiction writers this question:

Ask Diana Gabaldon a question!

Ask Philippa Gregory a question!

Ask Sara Gruen a question!

Ask Isabel Allende a question!

Ask John Boyne a question!

There are many more writers participating—check out which of your favorite historical fiction writers are taking questions during Historical Fiction Week, and ask them a question!

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message 1: by Lysergius (new)

Lysergius The years between 1870 and 1914.

message 2: by Wafa (new)

Wafa 750 - 1250 , because during that period of years, the greatest empire ever throughout the history exist. And I really want to live in that timeline

message 3: by Daniele (new)

Daniele Napoleon in Egypt... An amazing time

message 4: by Ashwise (new)

Ashwise Id love to go back in time to the wars of the roses or 1900s or 1920s.

message 5: by Edi (new)

Edi I would love to visit Ancient Greece. But generally, I'm good when I am. :)

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message 7: by Jason (new)

Jason Corfman Part of me would like to have been born 10-15 years earlier than I was. No man has stepped foot on the moon during my lifetime. Being born five years earlier would change that. Being born 10 years earlier and I'd actually remember it. Being born 15 years earlier and I'd actually appreciate it.

Otherwise, I look around... internet, electricity, indoor plumbing with hot water, tv, video games, automobiles, computers, ebook readers, smartphones... I'm happy to be living right now.

Now, if we are talking about visiting instead of living, then that opens up a whole new discussion.

message 8: by Richard (new)

Richard Would I want to live in another time period? I do… every time I open a book.

message 9: by William (new)

William Clifford Going into Historical times had dangers from War, brutes, disease and very bad hygiene. I would need an escape route ready. This well in place, I would take any medieval time.

message 10: by Roseanne (new)

Roseanne between 1900 and 1925, a pivotal time in Irish History. Wish I could have been there to experience it firsthand

message 11: by Ellie (new)

Ellie I'd live during the Outlander time... won't they just love little ol' feminist ME! lol

message 12: by Frank (new)

Frank Parker Roseanne wrote: "between 1900 and 1925, a pivotal time in Irish History. Wish I could have been there to experience it firsthand"
I'd love to debate with Padraig Pierce on the wisdom of seeking help from the German government.

message 13: by Roseanne (new)

Roseanne hindsight is 20 20

message 14: by Alisa (last edited Aug 03, 2015 08:52AM) (new)

Alisa Hilde Between 1800-1825--Regency England

message 15: by Cleopatraselene2 (new)

Cleopatraselene2 Ptolemaic Egypt would be a pretty cool time to live in.

message 16: by Linda (new)

Linda I like the idea of visiting another time, but the modern world is pretty great. And what time frame, hard to narrow it down....

message 17: by Janet (new)

Janet Martin None of those times in the past would have been fun unless someone was very rich--and then think about having something like breast cancer during the Regency. I'll take today and save history for my reading and daydreams!

message 18: by Leah (new)

Leah 1980s!

message 19: by Kay (last edited Aug 03, 2015 09:20AM) (new)

Kay J If only I could take back the freedom that us women have now, I'd love to go back to outlander time.

message 20: by Kay Dee (new)

Kay Dee i would only visit the past if i was rich nobility and a man. then i could have some fun. otherwise life sucked.

message 21: by Ashli (new)

Ashli Barrera I want to go to a time where people lived in the jungle.

I know it sounds crazy and stupid but i want to know what it was like trying to survive without all the luxuries we have today. :)

message 22: by Ashli (new)

Ashli Barrera Richard wrote: "Would I want to live in another time period? I do… every time I open a book."

Good one :)

message 23: by Anfenwick (new)

Anfenwick I agree with Philippa Gregory 100%.

message 24: by Tamra (new)

Tamra If i could I would travel back to the 1900's and be apart of the women's rights movement. Also, if i could I would like to travel back to 1290's Scotland and see William Wallace take on the English for Scotland's freedom. What an amazing experience that would be:)

message 25: by Christiana (new)

Christiana I'd say in Ireland during the Iron Age on a crannog.

message 26: by Alicia (new)

Alicia Totally agree with Sara Gruen. Mostly Daisys in the kitchen not Lady Mary or Mr. Darcy.

message 27: by Megan (new)

Megan Why would I want to live in any other time? Women in western civilizations have it best now - maybe I'd want to live in the future where things are even less bleak. Philippa Gregory and Isabel Allende had it right.

message 28: by Anita (new)

Anita Diamant There has never been a better time to be a woman. Of course, this truism is not equally distributed around the world, or even across the US. But the fact we know it SHOULD BE SO, is part of the reason there has ... never been a better time to be a female human being on planet earth.

message 29: by Jane (new)

Jane Ancient Rome or Ancient Greece -- only if I were in the upper class. I'm sure 95% of the people back then had it bad.

message 30: by Sara (new)

Sara Jesus I love the renaissance period. Especially the years between 1415 and 1500.

message 31: by [deleted user] (new)

dinosaur period

message 32: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante Janet wrote: "...think about having something like breast cancer during the Regency."

I would love to be able to visit any time period, just for the fun of it, but thanks to my own brush with cancer, I need my meds - something even twenty, thirty years ago would be difficult or even impossible to get.

So, I guess I'll have to make to with books and daydreams, and making my own story as I go along.

I think fitting in would be most people's biggest challenge, though. So many independent, free thinking people today, makes almost anything possible - even time travel?

Joann H (Sshh!!! I'm reading) I love the regency era but Lord knows if I went back in those times it definitely wouldn't be as fun as the romance books I love reading(I'm black and a woman)

message 34: by Alison (new)

Alison Much as I admire and am fascinated by ancient Rome - who could not be - and build on their values and systems in my own writing, I'll settle for now.

My life has seen some amazing history: the death of George VI, the accession of his daughter, the space programme, the technological and sexual revolutions of the 1960s, the shock at the death of Kennedy and Winston Churchill, decolonisation, the Cold War, the European movement, women's liberation, the erection and destruction of the Berlin Wall, the first woman prime minister in the UK, the fall of the Soviet system, the first UK peacetime coalition government.

I think that's probably enough history for me...

message 35: by Ellen (new)

Ellen I think the reason why I enjoy historical fiction so much is because I know I wouldn't want to live it. I am very much a product of my times and glad of it, actually. My health, my family, and many other things would make living in a by-gone time very difficult. I think of historical fiction much like a popular vacation spot, "It's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there." :-)

message 36: by Jeanne (new)

Jeanne Oh, I think I'd live to live in Edwardian times but not as Daisy in the kitchen. I'm much more suited to be Mary in the estate. ;) When I watch Downton Abby, I'm fascinated by how much time they spend dressing and changing clothes during the course of the day.

message 37: by Helen (new)

Helen I think I would like to have been a young woman in the 1950's, post WWII era, and would have liked to be a strong self confident lady with high expectations and goals to break the glass ceiling.

message 38: by Vicky (last edited Aug 03, 2015 01:09PM) (new)

Vicky The problem with going back in time is that it really only works if you go back as a rich, male, property-owner, otherwise your life is going to be miserable with a capital "M." But I find the ancient world endlessly fascinating so if I could arrange it that way, I'd go back to ancient Rome or Egypt.

message 39: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Kincheloe 1907 Los Angeles a la THE SECRET LIFE OF ANNA BLANC

message 40: by Hind (new)

Hind Alowais 1900-1970 Shanghai

message 41: by Betty (last edited Aug 03, 2015 02:06PM) (new)

Betty Jennifer wrote: "1907 Los Angeles a la THE SECRET LIFE OF ANNA BLANC"

Jason wrote: "Part of me would like to have been born 10-15 years earlier than I was. No man has stepped foot on the moon during my lifetime. Being born five years earlier would change that. Being born 10 years ..."

The trouble would be that you now would have five or ten less years ahead of you. I was already very grown up when they landed on the moon and truly it was exciting. But still I'd like to have those years still ahead of me.

message 42: by Cynthia (last edited Aug 03, 2015 02:06PM) (new)

Cynthia Miller I would love to visit late ancient Rome and Europe in the 1700's but only in a time machine bubble craft so I could observe and not participate. After I saw the movie Timeline, starring Gerard Butler, and based on Michael Crichton's best-selling novel, it gave me a reality check about what it would really be like to live in the past, which several people have mentioned already. However, I do travel back in time through historical novels and my own stories.

message 43: by Meghan (new)

Meghan The 1910s or Old West.

a secret agent fangirl I would love to visit Ancieng Greece. You know because of all that Percy Jackson fandom affecting me I'm all over Greece now. And percy

message 45: by Kay (last edited Aug 03, 2015 02:57PM) (new)

Kay J Although back in historical times mannerisms were used, and natural beauty was adored, for the most part and for most people it was so so very hard, although we see the romantic part of it in books, it wasn't like that for everyone and all the time, so the safest way to travel back in time would be through lovely historical books, and I'd still go through the stones in outlander.

message 46: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Romero I've always love the medieval time. I wonder what it would be like to live around King Arthur times.

message 47: by Kay (new)

Kay J Elizabeth wrote: "I've always love the medieval time. I wonder what it would be like to live around King Arthur times."

Ooh that's a good one.

message 48: by Nicole D. (new)

Nicole D. I prefer the now. I wouldn't give up my technology and modern conveniences for any other time period. Plus being a women back in most of those time periods was hell.

message 49: by Emma (new)

Emma Iadanza If I were to live back in time, I would wish to be a man in the 1450s-early 1500s. Despite the plague, and the confusion in everything, there were lots of good philosophers in Renaissance Italy - and painters, and statesmen, and other such ... men.

message 50: by Christian (new)

Christian Crochet maybe 1960-1970 love that music era

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