In this episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, it was exciting to talk with Judith Lindbergh about her new historical fiction novel, AKMARAL (and it’s so fun that we shared a publication date of May 7th!)

I learned a ton about historical research in our conversation, and her passion for the project comes through so deeply.

Judith also shared:

  • How she began her journey as a writer and what led her to focus on stories drawn from ancient history.
  • What she noticed happening when she didn't allow for the creative and unexpected in her writing.
  • How she was able to nurture and sustain her creativity over a long period of time and the changes she experienced in the publishing industry over that time.
  • What inspired her to start her creative writing community and how it grew over time.

I think you’ll really enjoy this conversation no matter where you are on your writing journey!

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About Judith:
Judith Lindbergh’s new novel, AKMARAL, about a nomad woman warrior on the Central Asian steppes in the 5th c. BCE, published by Regal House Publishing on May 7, 2024. Her debut novel, THE THRALL'S TALE, about three women in the first Viking Age settlement in Greenland, was a Booksense (IndieBound) Pick, a Borders Original Voices Selection and praised by Pulitzer Prize winners Geraldine Brooks and Robert Olen Butler. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including in Newsweek, Zibby Magazine, Next Avenue, Writer’s Digest, Edible Jersey, Literary Mama, Archaeology Magazine, Other Voices, and UP HERE: The North at the Center of the World published by University of Washington Press. She also contributed to the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibition Vikings: The Norse Atlantic Saga and was an expert commentator on the History Channel’s documentary series MANKIND: The Story of All of Us. Judith is the Founder/Director of The Writers Circle, a New Jersey-based creative writing center where she regularly teaches aspiring and accomplished writers from ages 8-80. Learn more at