Another brain stretching topic this week! Which five authors I’d like to meet …
I mostly write fiction with a speculative element, but my reading habits are eclectic. With a quick browse through my bookshelves, I find more historical novels than anything else.
I studied history through high school and through University. It’s always been a favourite topic of mine, from ancient Egypt, through to medieval and Victorian times. I enjoy the historical research I do for my own novels. Now I’m mulling over which five authors I’d like to meet, I’m gravitating towards authors who wrote in or about our history.
The Five Authors I’d Like to Meet
Ellis Peters is first on my list, simply because her books are set in the twelfth century. She is famous for her Brother Cadfael series which started in 1977 with A Morbid Taste for Bones.
I’ve read the series right through several times, and it never fails to delight me. Ellis Peters weaves historical detail and a murder mystery, and usually a touch of romance in each story. Brother Cadfael is a fabulous protagonist, world-weary but still interested in everything and up for anything.
Next is an author I’ve read piecemeal over the years. Samuel Pepys is the famous UK diarist who kept a detailed journal from 1660 to 1669. These were tumultuous times, Oliver Cromwell was not long dead, and the country in disarray. Pepys recorded his daily life in minute detail and touched on momentous events in history such as the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London.
Jane Austen is the third author I’d like to meet. She lived and set her novels at the end of the 18th century among the British landed gentry.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read Pride and Prejudice. It has become probably her most well known novel, with film versions, translations, sequels and numerous adaptions.
It’s heroine Elizabeth Bennet is one of the most charming and loved heroines in all literature. The hero Mr Darcy has become a model for romantic and sexy heroes ever since.
I’m struggling to find CC images of my next two authors, so I’m including a picture of just a small sample from my bookshelf. I bought these in the old days, well before e-readers came along!
My next choice is Elizabeth Peters. I absolutely love her Amelia Peabody series! Set in late Victorian times and featuring Amelia Peabody and her Egyptologist husband Emerson.
Crocodile on the Sandbank is the first story and Amelia is a fabulous character. Strong-minded, independent, funny and sarcastic, she ignores her restrictive skirts and strides around Victorian Egypt on a mission. There is always a mystery, usually a few dead bodies, but it’s Amelia – and her witty relationship with Emerson – who drives the story forward.
I discovered the fifth author, Deanna Raybourne, by accident. I was tired of paranormal and felt like something completely different. Happily I found the Lady Julia Grey series. Silent in the Grave is the first book in the series. I love the mix of historical fiction, mystery, with a twist of love story. This series has a much stronger romance than I normally read, but I still enjoyed the series. Julia Grey is intelligent, sometimes idiotic and impulsive, and beautifully and believably created. All of the characters are beautifully drawn and the late Victorian settings are lushly described.
I’m looking forward to seeing the authors everyone else has picked, and you can read about them here.