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.
Some posts I enjoyed around the web this week: Mystery cults in Roman Britain, interview with Amalia Carosella about Helen of Sparta, digital fatigue and ebooks, the lopsided Great Pyramid of Giza, an Ode to Disappointment
In Daughter of Sand and Stone, Libbie Hawker brings us the timely story of Zenobia, an ancient queen of Palmyra, the beautiful ruins of which city ISIS recently destroyed. My review of this lush and vivid novel.
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 out all the news and what’s up with 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.
We are on summer hiatus. AZ HNS is actively collecting ideas for speakers and topics to lay out next year’s calendar, so email all your suggestions to Judith. We are also welcoming volunteers to host meetings in his or her home for next year.