Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Spotlight on Faith L. Justice, author of Dawn Empress: A Novel of Imperial Rome (The Theodosian Women, Book Two)


As Rome reels under barbarian assaults, a young girl must step up.

After the Emperor’s unexpected death, ambitious men eye the Eastern Roman throne occupied by seven-year-old Theodosius II. His older sister Pulcheria faces a stark choice: she must find allies and take control of the Eastern court or doom the imperial children to a life of obscurity—or worse. Beloved by the people and respected by the Church, Pulcheria forges her own path to power. Can her piety and steely will protect her brother from military assassins, heretic bishops, scheming eunuchs and—most insidious of all—a beautiful, intelligent bride? Or will she lose all in the trying?

Dawn Empress tells the little-known and remarkable story of Pulcheria Augusta, 5th century Empress of Eastern Rome. Her accomplishments rival those of Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great as she sets the stage for the dawn of the Byzantine Empire. Don’t miss this “gripping tale” (Kirkus Reviews); a “deftly written and impressively entertaining historical novel” (Midwest Book Reviews). Historical Novel Reviews calls Dawn Empress an “outstanding novel…highly recommended” and awarded it the coveted Editor’s Choice.


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Faith L. Justice

Some Fun Facts 
(You may or may not already know!)

My younger sister’s name is Hope, and if there had been another girl, she would be named Charity. Mom always wanted to have three girls. Hope is extremely grateful there were boys born between us. She just happened to marry a man named Justice. I don’t think she thought through the consequences of her naming scheme. Here’s Hope (on the left) and me in our younger activist days. 

I was voted “Most Likely to be the 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. Here’s Black Jack, one of my feral porch cats. 

I have country girl roots (Whisler, OH population 103) but love living in the big city (Brooklyn, NY population 2.6 million) where I don’t have to drive an hour to the grocery and everything is delivered. I satisfy my green thumb by growing vegetables and flowers 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 Stamford CT 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? 

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Faith L. Justice

Faith L. Justice writes award-winning historical novels, short stories, and articles in Brooklyn, New York where she lives with her family and the requisite gaggle of cats. Her work has appeared in Salon.com, Writer’s Digest, The Copperfield Review, and many more publications. She is Chair of the New York City chapter of the Historical Novel Society, and Associate Editor for Space and Time Magazine. She co-founded a writer’s workshop many more years ago than she likes to admit. For fun, she digs in the dirt—her garden and various archaeological sites.

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting today's blog tour stop.

  2. Thanks for hosting me, Mary Ann! If your readers have any questions, I'd be happy to circle back and join a conversation. All the best, Faith.