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Today, I am being interviewed by fellow historical novelist and Indiana University grad Elizabeth Caulfield Felt.

If Elizabeth’s name is familiar, it might be because she wrote a post on Outtakes about a fascinating woman, Adèle Hugo, best known as Victor Hugo’s crazy daughter. In her post and her novel Syncopation: A Memoir of Adèle Hugo, Elizabeth casts doubt on that notion.

Elizabeth Felt

Elizabeth Caulfield Felt

A former reference librarian, Elizabeth teaches a course on children’s literature at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. She’s also the author The Stolen Goldin Violin, a mystery for younger readers, and is working on story that gives a different interpretation of Cinderella and her stepsisters.

Here is a sampling of the questions Elizabeth has for me:

The Cross and the Dragon derives some of its characters and much of its storyline from the French legend The Song of Roland. Can you tell us what drew you to that story and how you decided to make it your own?

How much historical fact is woven into your novels?

How do you think being a journalist has helped and/or hindered your career as a creative writer?

Darcy or Heathcliff?

Visit Elizabeth’s blog to find out the answers.