Judith Starkston writes novels set in the period of the Trojan War and the Hittite Empire. If you ever wondered how Briseis, the slave of Achilles in the Iliad, could love the man who killed her husband and brothers and destroyed her city, you’ll want to read my manuscript, especially if you like strong women and half-immortal lovers. I received my B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and my M.A. from Cornell University. I taught high school English, Latin, and humanities for twenty-one years. I have travelled in Turkey and Greece as research for my work and have taken to haunting the university libraries where my children are receiving their expensive educations since they are better than what’s locally available. I live in Phoenix, Arizona with my husband and golden retriever, Socrates.
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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.