I’m psyched to have Candace Fleming on my blog today for my new interview series, “7 Questions I Always Ask, +1.” Candace’s latest book is THE FAMILY ROMANOV, and I’m delighted to share her insights into Russian history, writing historical fiction, a brush with censorship…and more!
E. Kristin Anderson: What was the first spark of inspiration for your latest book?
Candace Fleming: Curiosity sparked THE FAMILY ROMANOV. Mine, as well as that of dozens of middle schoolers. Let me explain. I first read Robert Massie’s Nicholas and Alexandra the summer between my 7th and 8th grade year after pulling it off my mother’s bookshelf.
“You’re not going to like that,” she warned. “It’s pretty dense history.”
She was right. It was dense, but I loved it! Imperial Russia (and its demise) intrigued me. I was hooked! And that sense of curiosity has stuck with me over the years. I’ve read dozens of books on the topic. I’ve watched documentaries and gone to museum exhibits. And I can recite – seriously -whole passages from Dr. Zhivago.~ read more ~