“…the book is an addictive, fun, fast read. Justice chooses her key moments wisely, weaving a decades-long narrative about Placidia’s layered life as she rises to eventual leadership.”
Sword of the Gladiatrix
“Readers will care very much about both these women—fans of Roman historical fiction should not miss this title."
— The Historical Novel Society
Selene of Alexandria
“Readers will be captivated. Fans of Gillian Bradshaw’s classic The Beacon at Alexandria may especially enjoy Selene and find a promising new historical novelist who shares the same gift for wonderfully researched, vividly evoked, good old-fashioned storytelling.”
—The Historical Novel Society
About the Author
Faith L. Justice has worked as a lifeguard, paralegal, systems analyst, human resources executive, college professor, freelance writer and novelist. It’s not that she can’t keep a job; it’s that there’s always something new to learn. She writes in her historic land-marked home “The Suffragette House” in Brooklyn, New York where she lives with her husband, daughter, and the required gaggle of cats. For fun, Faith likes to dig in the dirt—her garden and various archaeological sites.
Her most recent novel, Twilight Empress: A Novel of Imperial Rome, is out from Raggedy Moon Books and is available in print and pixels at all the usual places. TE won first place in the Historical category in the Maryland Writer’s Association contest. Her debut novel Selene of Alexandria was a finalist in the Global eBook Awards in 2011. In addition, Faith published a 1C “lesbian gladiator” novel in 2015 titled Sword of the Gladiatrix. She is currently working on sequels to Twilight Empress and Sword of the Gladiatrix.
Faith’s newest venture is a series of middle-grade, illustrated chapter books featuring stories of adventurous girls inspired by traditional folk tales. Tokoyo, the Samurai’s Daughter is out now through Raggedy Moon Books in print and eBook.
Faith’s short stories and poems have appeared in such publications as Alternate Realities, The Copperfield Review and Beyond Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her story “Better the Devil” appears in the Circles in the Hair anthology and garnered honorable mentions in both The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Nineteenth Collection and the Writers of the Future Contest. She’s collected some of her best short stories in three volumes: Time Again and Other Fantastic Stories, Slow Death and Other Dark Tales and The Reluctant Groom and Other Historical Stories. All are available in print, eBook, and audio book at all the usual places.
Faith collected her articles about Hypatia, Lady Philosopher of Alexandria (and a major character in Selene) in Hypatia: Her Life and Times, available in print and ebook. In addition, she’s published numerous non-fiction articles in venues such as Salon.com, Writer’s Digest (cover article), The Writer, and Bygone Days. Her creative non-fiction piece “A Child Like Me” appears in A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism. Her complete list of writing credits are available here.
Faith is Chair of the New York City Chapter of the Historical Novel Society, Associate Editor for Space and Time Magazine, a frequent contributor to Strange Horizons, and co-founded a writer’s workshop more years ago than she cares to admit.
On a more personal note…
Some readers like to know more about their favorite writers; something personal or inspirational about their lives or work. I don’t know why, because most of us lead very dull lives. But in the interest of sharing, here are:
“Five Fun Facts about Faith”
- My sister’s name is Hope, and if there had been another girl, she would be named Charity. Hope is extremely grateful there were boys born between us. Mom always wanted to have three girls to name Faith, Hope and Charity. She just happened to marry a man named Justice. I don’t think she thought through the consequences of her naming scheme.
- I was voted “Most likely to be first woman on the moon” by my junior high graduation class. Even then I had my head in the clouds.
- I’m active in the feral cat community: conducting and supporting TNR (trap, neuter, return), feeding and sheltering community cats, and fostering cats and kittens until they find forever homes. I am not a crazy cat lady.
- I have country girl roots (from a village of 103) but love living in the big city where I don’t have to drive and everything is delivered. I satisfy my green thumb by growing vegetables and herbs in my yard and on my deck.
- There’s another Faith Justice out there. Or there used to be. Someone called me (mumble, mumble years ago) when I served as president of the local chapter of the National Organization for Women, to ask if I was the same Faith Justice who used to be the president of a NOW chapter in Michigan. Something about the name?
If that isn’t enough for you, here are some additional links to essays and posts where you can learn more about me and my process. To connect with me online, use the social media buttons in the footer.
- The Life of an Unintentional Writer (biographical essay)
- Friendly Fire (article on working with a critique group)
- My Hair! A Birthday Adventure (a funny post on my most recent Monday birthday disaster)
- And this is how I get my hair done. (Just kidding, but I love Janet Stephen’s YouTube channel.) Check out the “Hair Style Archaeologist” and find out exactly how all those elaborate dos from Roman and Medieval times were done.