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author_pic1-2012_colorI probably have a book you’d like. I’m a science geek and history junkie, which explains the slightly schizophrenic nature of my writing—my short stories are mostly science fiction and fantasy while my novels are all (so far) historical fiction. Throw in a non-fiction collection of essays on historical topics and an illustrated middle-grade chapter book set in 14C Japan (the first in my Adventurous Girls series) and I pretty much cover the gamut. Except for mysteries. I read ’em, but don’t write ’em. Click on the Books menu above and see if anything strikes your fancy.

On this site I have additional content I hope you find useful: articles and posts on history and conducting historical research, book reviews, guest posts, interviews, and much more. Browse. Ask a question, make a suggestion, or leave a comment.  Writing is a lonely business and I love interacting with readers. If you want to contact me directly or learn more about me and my writing process check out the About page. Enjoy!

—Faith L. Justice


What’s New in 2018

  • Yay! A review of Twilight Empress made the February print Issue of the Historical Novel Society’s print review magazine:
  • “…this is solid historical fiction, with full marks for a little-used time period and setting. It totally gets extra points for giving us a female lead character who’s not written about to death (I’m looking at you, Anne Boleyn!)”

  • The Kirkus Review for Twilight Empress came in a winner!

“…the prose is tight and clean throughout, and the characters’ missions are always clear despite the complexities of the situations. A fun, fast read…”

“It was outstanding! You are swept away not only by the beautiful storytelling, but also the wonderful illustrations. [It’s] a remarkable illustrated middle-grade book that is incredibly inspiring and touching. I highly recommend reading it!”


Newest Books:

Tokoyo the Samurai’s Daughter

Most noble-born girls of Tokoyo’s age learn to sing, paint, and write poetry.

Not Tokoyo.

She’s an adventurous girl! Tokoyo is the daughter of a samurai in fourteenth century Japan. Her father trains her in the martial arts. When he is away, she escapes to the sea where she works with the Ama—a society of women and girls who dive in the deep waters for food and treasure. But disaster strikes her family. Can Tokoyo save her father using the lessons she learned and the skills she mastered to overcome corrupt officials, her own doubts, and a nasty sea demon?

Author:  Faith L. Justice
Illustrator: Kayla Gilliam
Print ISBN:  978-0692677087
Library of Congress Control Number: 2017930973
Length:  122 pp
Genre: Historical Fantasy/Illustrated, middle-grade, chapter book
Price:  $6.99 (Print-discounts vary), $2.99 (eBook), $5.95 (Audio book-discounts vary)
Available at:

Amazon.com (worldwide) US, UK, Canada, Australia
Audible (audio only)
Barnes&Noble 
CreateSpace (print only)
iBooks (eBook only)
iTunes (audio only)
Kobo (eBook only)
Smashwords (ebBook only–all formats)

For links to full reviews, interviews, and posts go to the book page.


Twilight Empress: A Novel of Imperial Rome

One woman battles the coming Dark Ages.

Twilight Empress tells the little-known story of a remarkable woman: Placidia, sister to one of the last Roman Emperors. Roman Empress and Gothic Queen, Placidia does the unthinkable: she rules the failing Western Roman Empire. A life of ambition, power, and intrigue she doesn’t seek, but can’t refuse; her actions shape the face of Western Europe for centuries. A woman as well as an empress, Placidia suffers love, loss, and betrayal. Can her intelligence, tenacity, and ambition help her survive and triumph over scheming generals, rebellious children, and Attila the Hun?

 

Author:  Faith L. Justice
Print ISBN:  978-06922460511
Length:  392 pp
Price:  $13.99 (Print-discounts vary) $3.99 (ebook)
Available at:

Amazon.com (worldwide) US, UK, Canada, Australia
Barnes&Noble (print and ebook)
CreateSpace (print only)
iBooks (ebook only)
Kobo (ebook only)
Smashwords (ebook only)

For links to full reviews, interviews, and posts go to the book page.


Recent Blog Post:

A Day at the Pompeii Arena

 

gladiator mosaicIt’s a sunny day in Pompeii on April 8th in this first year of the reign of Imperator Titus Caesar Vespasianus Augustus (AD 79). The crowds surge toward the amphitheater for the games given by D. Lucretius Stater Valens, a lifelong priest to the cult of the deified Nero Caesar Augustus. The placards pasted on the walls in the forum promise, “ten pairs of gladiators owned by his son D. Lucretius Valens and wild animal hunts, as permitted by law. The seats will be shaded with awnings.” Pompeii’s is the oldest stone amphitheater in the empire. For one hundred-fifty years it has proudly hosted games and religious festivals, but it’s looking dated next to the modern Flavian Amphitheater which will open next year in Rome. The frescoes of gladiatorial combat and beast hunts decorating the walls surrounding the sand are fading, but the patrons come for the blood sports, not the art.

The spectators pass into the open spaces surrounding the arena where merchants and food vendors hawk their wares. The scent of fresh bread, roasted meats, and sour wine waft through the crowd to mingle with the odor of sweat and hair pomade. People look at their wooden tickets and enter the appropriate gate to spread throughout the amphitheater: the front rows reserved for the leading citizens; the middle for the lesser knights and merchants; and the top for the poor, slaves, and women. Some resent the class divisions at the arena. At the chariot races in the hippodrome, it’s open seating (except for the emperor, of course!) and women mix with the men.  (Read more.)

Ten most recent Historian’s Notebook blog posts listed in the sidebar.