The Writer Behind The Chronicles of History: Answering Book Questions!
The Chronicles Of History is still a fairly small blog that has been growing quite nicely despite my sporadic posting schedule. I am extremely thankful for everyone’s support in my writing, short-stories, poetry, and literary reviews. It has been so wonderful. I love the history and book community.
In today’s post I am going to take everyone a little behind the scenes and let readers get to know me a bit better by answering some book challenge questions about my favorite things. This will be the first of many getting to know Samantha blog pieces I plan to write. Leave your answers to the same questions in the comments below. We should all have some fun getting to know one another. I can’t wait to read your replies to some of the questions!
To begin, my name is Samantha James. I was born and raised in California my whole life. It is a beautiful state in my opinion. My family is rather large and fairly close. My two favorite people on earth are my nephews, D & C. I have two dogs, Emily and Millie, and one cat named Max, Animals are very awesome. I work full time in alarm dispatch for police, medic, and fire while also attending school to get a masters degree in History. This blog is where I write for the fun of it and as a hobby. My first book is well under way and in the works titled Women of War. It will be published very soon hopefully!
QUESTION ONE: A FAVORITE BOOK MADE INTO A MOVIE?
Les Miserable written by Victor Hugo because it is the first one that comes to mind when seeing the question. I know there are plenty of good books to movie adaptions but have always loved the 2012 rendition starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway. I love the story and book itself. It is a favorite; however, I especially loved seeing this book turned into a movie musical. How could you not love Hugh Jackman singing? Thoroughly enjoyed both the books and movie, Hugo is an excellent writer!
QUESTION TWO – A FAVORITE BOOK PUBLISHED THIS YEAR?
Spare by Prince Harry immediately comes to mind. I’ve always been a bit of a royal watcher and truly do enjoy history involving the royals. Prince Harry’s book was so unexpectedly good. I wrote a review (click here to read) on it at the beginning of the year. It was an emotional, impactful, and thoughtful memoir that truly provides insight into how difficult it can be to grow up with the world watching your every move. A book well worth picking up! The audible book is also narrated by Prince Harry, and to say that he is the best narrator of all times is an under-statement. Just wow!
QUESTION THREE: FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME?
My favorite movie is definitely Gone With The Wind. I set aside time every year to watch it at least once or twice. I first discovered it about seven years ago and just fell in love. It is hard to put into words the reason behind such feelings. I just get so caught up with the hardship, realness, history, and romance it offers. The book and movie are both so epic; however, the movie has Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable. The acting is beyond incredible!
QUESTION FOUR: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG?
My favorite song is easily Even If It Breaks Your Heart by Eli Young Band. I simply adore the lyrics and melody. It is such a moving and uplifting song that just sticks with you. Eli Young Band members are talented musicians. Each is an amazing artist. The band is my favorite when it comes to soul music. It goes without saying that I am a huge country music fan and that is my favorite genre. The song is just good. I highly recommend a listen!
QUESTION FIVE: FAVORITE BOOK HERO?
America Singer from The Selection series by Kiera Cass is the character that is standing out in my mind at this moment. She is strong, realistic, and definitely a hero. She is a young girl who despite her intentions of flying under the radar is thrusted into a situation not of her choosing. American manages to single handily takes down an governmental system full of injustice and takes a stand against a corrupt king. With simple acts of bravery. she lights the world on fire while fighting for the love of a prince on national TV. America does what is right according to her moral compass and all else can be damned. Why I love her! Its one of my favorite book series.
QUESTION SIX: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW?
That is easily The Tudors by Showtime. I am a history fanatic and obsessed with Henry VIII and the Tudor era. I realize that the show is not factual based in a lot of ways and highly dramatized; however, that is why I love the show. It is four seasons long and just epic. My favorite character is Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. The role is played by none other than Henry Cavill. That is right. Let me say here and now for the record, I loved Cavill long before he ever was Superman. I am an original fan and will forever remain so. Been in love for years. It is a great show worth checking out!
Thank you so much for taking the time read. Please send me the answers to these questions so I can get to know you! Leave a reply in the comments below. I’ll be looking forward to seeing some of your favorites! I do have a couple more reviews coming up of my more recent reads and tv viewing; also, awhile back, I mentioned that I was working on a Lewis & Clark mini-series post but unfortunately never got around to getting it posted at the start of the year. Hopefully I can can that published in the week ahead!
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