Judith Starkston spent too much time reading about and exploring the remains of the ancient worlds of the Greeks and Hittites. Early on she went so far as to get two degrees in Classics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and Cornell. She loves myths and telling stories. This has gradually gotten more and more out of hand. Her solution: to write wild stories, magical and mystic, set in the exotic worlds of the past. Her first novel, Hand of Fire, tells Briseis’s mythic story, the captive woman in the Trojan War who sparked the bitter conflict between Achilles and Agamemnon. Her upcoming project steps much further into fantasy, but does find its original inspiration in a long-ago, forgotten queen who took on the most powerful empire of the world and won.
Judith has two grown children and lives in Arizona with her husband, in that “dry heat.” Because writing is best done with community, Judith belongs to her local Desert Sleuths chapter of Sisters in Crime, the Society of Southwestern Authors and the Arizona chapter of the Historical Novel Society. Judith is represented by Richard Curtis.