Welcome to Judith Starkston’s website. Her debut novel Hand of Fire, set during the Trojan War, will soon be followed by a mystery series featuring a Hittite Queen as “sleuth.” Hand of Fire is currently out of print except for a few remaining copies of the paperback on Amazon and at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore. Hand of Fire will appear in a new edition, but in the meantime, the paperback is also available directly from Judith Starkston. Just click here to buy it on Square.
On my website, enjoy reviews of Hand of Fire, book club questions, the event calendar and an excerpt. You’ll also find historical background about this fascinating place and time, book reviews of reads you don’t want to miss and other on-going information from the historical fiction community.
Posts I enjoyed this week: thinking about Dylan as Nobel Laureate, touring Pompeii via 3D, dangerous streets of Rome from Mary Beard, ancient grape seeds in Turkey, Egyptian mummies preserve the heart but not the brain
Update on September 17 meeting of Arizona Historical Novel Society and my talk on Networking for Authors, given to AZHNS last spring.
I recently conducted a series of interviews with many writers of fiction set in the ancient world and put together one of the cover articles for Historical Novels Review. Ordinarily you need to be a member (which I highly recommend you become!) to read the magazine, but I’m allowed to post it here as an enticement.
Click through to find the 2016-2017 Calendar of meetings of the Arizona Historical Novel Society. Everyone welcome–writers and readers. We’re an informal group with no dues just lots of great community and information sharing.
Our next meeting is October 22, 2-4 pm at my house
Speaker: Liz Warren, author of The Oral Tradition Today: An Introduction to the Art of Storytelling, is a 4th generation Arizonan, who directs the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute in Phoenix. The Institute received the 2014 New Times Best of Phoenix award for “Best Place to Learn to Tell Tales” She’s the storytelling coach for the Arizona Storytellers events produced by the AZ Republic.
Topic: Effective author talks, three approaches: Learn to tell a miniature story around a dramatic moment in your novel. Learn to connect with your readers by leveraging your life story. Connect with your listeners through the story of what inspired your book.