8. What’s your favorite genre to write? To read?
My favorite genre to read is Historical Fiction with a good dose of Fiction. The Light Bearer and Lady of the Light by Donna Gillespie are my current favorites (and have been since I picked them up a few years ago). They are set in ancient Rome (Nero through Domitian) and deal with the Chattian Tribe of Germania. There’s a very nice mysticism about them because the Germanic Tribes believed in magic and it is written from a young priestess/warrioress’ point of view (I swear I wrote Fie Eoin before I found this book! And it doesn’t hurt that the main character is a mashup of Kindra and Kaye). Another favorite of mine is the Boudica Trilogy (which actually has four books in it) by Manda Scott about Rome’s push to conquer Britannia and the warrior queen who tried to stop them. (Another favorite of mine has Rome trying to conquer Scotland. Or Cleopatra’s Daughter, the new book by Michelle Moran. Basically anything with a strong female character and Rome trying to kick her ass is right up my alley).
Of course, I also love Stephen King (more his fantasy than his horror), and I have to admit that I have a thing for this recent explosion in Tudor England stories. Anything with a little magical realism is right up my alley. And that seems to be what I tend to write too – anything in any genre with a little magical realism. But I don’t like dragons (or sparkly vampires. Vampires should be dark and evil, like in The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova).