I am a novelist and book reviewer. I set my historical fiction and mysteries during the period of the Trojan War and Hittite Empire.
As enjoyable background for the interested reader, I have posted history pieces about the life of this fascinating place and time—everything from the roles of women, mythology, recipes, and books for further research to who the Hittites were and whether there really was a Trojan War.
Susan Spann’s second historical mystery, Blade of the Samurai, is set in medieval Japan and has several unpredictable twists for its two “sleuths,” a Portuguese Jesuit priest and a shinobi assassin. Highly recommended.
My favorites from around the web this week: Mycenaean and Etruscan archaeology, Elizabeth I comes alive in Barbara Kyle’s hands, writing historical fiction by Jessica McCann and the world’s oldest slam poetry and novel.
Tudor period novelist, Judith Arnopp, offers a guest post about the portraits of Katheryn Parr, one of Henry VIII’s wives. She includes an excerpt from her novel Intractable Heart that takes place in front of one of the portraits.
We are having a short summer hiatus. Our next AZ Historical Novel Society Meeting will be in September.