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History Buff is a site
for history lovers everywhere. It is also a site very interested in women
of the past. Although I (sadly) no longer have time to continue these interviews, here is an archive of Q&As about women's lives
in history. And please feel free to stop by History Buff's
sister site for archaeological discoveries making news today. Enjoy!
historical fiction writer I am fascinated by news stories featuring the
past as it's unearthed and reimagined and brought to life. I spend a
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Q&A With Historical Fiction Author Donna Wolfolk Cross
*Your novel, POPE JOAN, explores the life of a controversial figure who may have been the first - and only - female Pope in history. How did you come across Joan's story?
I didn't expect to find anything. So imagine my surprise when there was an entry for her! I stood in that library with my jaw dropped open. How was it possible that the story of such a remarkable woman had existed for centuries--and I hadn't even HEARD of her?
*What are you working on next?
I'm also starting to promote the equally wonderful movie version of Pope Joan, which will be released this fall (it's by Constantin Film, the same company that filmed "The Name of the Rose").
And I'm also plugging away on my next novel, about another strong woman from history, this time from 17th century France. Perhaps the best way for me to sum up what drew me to Joan and my next heroine is with a quote from George Bernard Shaw:
"Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people persist in trying to adapt the world to themselves. Therefore, all progress depends on unreasonable people." (n.b. Shaw actually spoke of "reasonable and unreasonable men", so I tweaked this to make it inclusive of women).
Joan was certainly an "unreasonable" woman (and I mean that as a compliment). So is my next heroine--whose name I have artfully not mentioned (largely because my agent has told me she'll cut out my tongue if I do!). But I hope my readers will enjoy my next heroine's delicious "unreasonableness" as much as I do!