Today, as part of Simon and Schuster Canada’s #TimelessTour blog tour of historical fiction, I’m interviewing Kim Van Alkemade, author of Bachelor Girl.
1. If you lived during the time period in your book, how do you think you would have fared and why?
2. If you lived in the future and were to write historical fiction about 2018, what do you think you would write about and why?
3. What was it about Jacob Ruppert’s story that caught your interest?
Col. Jacob Ruppert was so enigmatic. Despite the many available details about his life, his personality remains a bit of a mystery. I liked being able to imagine how the events of his life might have impacted his personality, such as the way his parents shunned his sister for marrying a divorced Jew. He also was friends with so many famous people, and had such public accomplishments, that it was easy to envision him in historical situations. His life brought together so many different strands of American history—from immigration to Prohibition to baseball, from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression—that his biography allowed me to explore a wide time period while staying centered on one character.
Celebrate historical fiction with the Timeless Tour, from April 16 – May 4!
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Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for the invitation to participate in this blog tour.