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About meI'm a science geek and history junkie. Before becoming a novelist, I worked as a lifeguard, paralegal, systems analyst, human resources executive, and college professor. It's not that I can't keep a job; it's that there always seems to be something new to learn. Writing allows me free range of curiosity.

My first historical novel, Selene of Alexandria, is now available through, any online bookstore, or order from your local bookstore. My second book, Twilight Empress: A Novel of Imperial Rome, won first place in the Historical category in the Maryland Writer’s Association contest. I'm currently working on two new novels—both set in the time of Imperial Rome and featuring strong female protagonists.

My award-winning short stories and poems have appeared in such publications as Circles in the Hair, Alternate Realities, and Beyond Science Fiction and Fantasy. I've published over fifty articles in venues such as, Writer's Digest (cover article,) The Writer and The Copperfield Review. I've interviewed such award-winning authors as Anita Diamant, Ursula K. Le Guin, Nancy Kress, and James Morrow. I'm a frequent contributor to Strange Horizons, Associate Editor for Space and Time Magazine and a co-founder of a twenty-year-old writer’s workshop.

I write in my historic land-marked home “The Suffragette House” in Brooklyn, New York where I live with my husband, daughter and the required gaggle of cats. For fun, I like to dig in the dirt—my garden and various archaeological sites.

About my libraryIn my personal library I have a HUGE number of research books and non-fiction. My on line library tends to be fiction and is heavy on the classics, historical fiction, and SF. I'm an active member of which advocates moving books off your shelves and out into the world through trading, give-aways, and "wild releasing" (leaving a book in some public space where another can pick it up and continue its journey.) So my fiction shelves constantly churn. I've listed books here that I'm keeping for some reason, but that doesn't mean they won't disappear later.

GroupsAncient History, Historical Fiction, History Fans, Hobnob with Authors, Mythology, Writer's Brag and Rag Bag, Writer-readers


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Real nameFaith L. Justice

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Member sinceNov 12, 2007

Currently readingNorth and South (Penguin Classics) by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney

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Bad news.
Ian Hughes, author of AETIUS etc, has been diagnosed wiht prostrate cancer.
I stopped by his blog the other day and was sorry to hear his bad news, hopefuly
they caught it early. He's still plugging away on his latest volume (THe Patricians).
Stop by his blog for more info:

Stumbled on your page via your review of Maria Dzielska's book on Hypatia. I enjoyed it too and agree that the other reviewers who slammed Dzielska were being unfair. How exciting to find another ancient history nut! Do you keep a thread in any of the reading challenges groups?
YW, couldn't wait & ordered mine fm UK. FYI, his next wrok will be THE PATRICIANs.

IMPERIAL BROTHERS: Valentinian, Valens and the Disaster at Adrianople now available on Amazon.UK if you're interested.
VOlume one is now available for preorder....
fm Amazon

Looks like they're slowly going to print his doctoral thesis:

The age of Hippotoxotai : art of war in Roman military revival and disaster (491-636) / Ilkka Syvänne.
ISBN:9514459180 (pbk.)
Published/Created:Tampere : Tampere University Press, 2004.
Physical Description:535 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.

holy cats! Five volumes!
YW! BTW, did we ever discuss Defending Rome: The Masters of the Soldiers (edition 2011)
...covers the ground that O'Flynn's GENERALISSIMOs covered, in an expanded way. I have a review on LT or Amazon. I see on, editions running $46-$50. Not sure your budget/interest level.
Regards, A

Ian Hughes has 2 new Late Roman books in the works...Cheers, A

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MG, Thanks for the tip on the books on Stilicho and Aetius. I was impressed by their accomplishments as well in Peter Heather's book.

MG, I can't say when I became interested in Hypatia but it has been for some time. I think I first heard about her from a BBC podcast, "In Our Time", or Australia's "Philosopher's Zone". Not sure... Anyway, I became interested in learning more about Hypatia and Neoplatonism so she's on my radar screen. I saw the movie, Agora, as well and liked that though it was painful to watch. I hate unhappy endings. The rating I gave your book on Hypatia reflects your balanced, insightful writing of Hypatia herself as well as the sources you were able to use. You're not an apologist for the Christian church, mobs, etc, but are able to put the mob and politics into perspective. You also don't put a halo on Hypatia and are honest in showing that she only taught the elites. What can you say? Hypatia was a woman of her times and her attitudes are noted but cannot take away from her overall contributions.

What you said in your book about late Roman politics matched a point Peter Heather made in his book, "The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians", being that involvement in politics was a high stakes blood sport. He also discussed (briefly) Galla Placidia, so my interest in her is piqued as well. I look forward to reading "Selene" as I've really enjoyed the Medicus historical series by Ruth Downie. Downies' series are very good because of her believable characters. As you said in "Hypatia", the herione is well done because she seems (as far as I can tell) to reflect a woman of her time. Oh, and Downie's male characters seem plausible as well. So, I highly recommend them if you haven't read them.

Well, this has turned out much longer than I planned but I wanted to be more specific than I was in this morning's post. Again, I wish all the best and hope your agent can get you a good book deal on your latest effort.
MG, Just read your eBook, Hypatia: Her Life and Times, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading your historical novels.

Hi M:
Theodoric was written in 1901, so I'll probably donate to one of our charities (purple prose etc)
Still waiting on
Elizabeth James, Stephen English
Mike Roberts, Bob Bennett
ROMAN BRITAIN: A New History 55BC - 450AD
Patricia Southern
I have AETIUS on preorder w/AmazonUK. Ian Hughes told me some time ago that he has a contract for several books; various military histories of the Late Roman era. Hope to see them some day.
Ian Hughes emailed me this week, AETIUS, delayed, expect it in MARCH. Cheers, A
PS. See also his website "ianhughesma"
That's kind of funny - I'm originally from NY (upstate) and moved to Indiana. Always nice to find someone with an interest in LA - it seems like there aren't a whole lot of us or maybe it's a guilty pleasure or something.
Hey Faith, I saw your pretty face pictured as a spotlighted author on the LT homepage--congrats! Was wondering if you liked the movie "Agora" with Rachel Weisz? Your lovely novel on Selena gave me a strong background to the filming of the city of Alexandria and as a result I enjoyed the setting all the more.
Hi Faith,

I thought this new topic might interest you:

D. A. Blankinship
Love to be friends. I just responded to your posting in the writing group...

No, nothing written yet. I came late to this game. I set up all the little on-line identities (here, at Books & Writers Community on CompuServe, at Writers Digest, Twitter, Facebook) as part of my "If you want to be a writer you have to act like one" philosophy. Thinking of myself as a psychologist first and novelist wannabe/hobbyist second didn't seem like the right approach. And I hope to get out a related short story over the winter just to kind of prime the pump.

As far as the book itself goes, I have bunches of prep done--plot lines, character sketches, some fragments of scenes, even, and I've been reading for background research and genealogizing on line like mad. However, never having done anything remotely literary before--never mind a huge, sprawling historical novel--I'm also still reading how-to books! And all that part time into the bargain.

Given that I'm no spring chicken, I fear that my estate may be publishing this thing. I'm already thinking about where I want them to donate the proceeds.

But I hang in there, albeit grimly, and find myself maniacally swinging from what's-the-use despairs to omigodIhaveanideaforascene! attacks. This morning, in the parking lot at work, for example.

Oh! Thank you! Brackets are easy. I hunted through the LT instructions but clearly missed this key point. Do not worry about when you mail the book--I'm buried under ARCs I have committed to read and then I have a bunch of writers I've really wanted to read and review for my own knowledge and writing interests. So many books to read, so little time and then there's that pesky trying to find time to actually write. The other place you'll see me popping up is Historical Fiction Online. That is my newest exploration, thanks to your recommendation. You've been a good online friend in lots of ways!
Hi Faith,
Thank you for the nice note. I started on librarything a bit ago. I'm finding it harder to sort out, but I'm enjoying the people I'm meeting. By the way, is there some quick way to include book titles that connect to the actual book? It appears to me that I have to add an html link each time (entirely possible but slow)--and to what source do you then link--amazon? I've been ignoring this issue and just typing unlinked titles, but I hate that when other people do it because frequently I can't figure out what book exactly they meant of a few possible same titles or whatever. So, I'd love some advice to be a better Librarything citizen!
Thank you for writing to me. My holidays were wonderful, but hectic, and I'm looking forward to getting back to my books. My nerdy fan question has to be, Any plans for a sequel? Take care and I wish you a Happy New Year.
Hi there, yes it is the same me from HFO. Nice to see you here too!
Hi Faith!

Nice to meet another LT author and...a Bookcrosser!

Thanks for the Hypatia biography recommendation!
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