Justine Bothwick grew up in Kent and Hampshire, and studied in London. In 2005, she moved to Italy and now teaches English in an international secondary school in Rome. She is married to a Roman architect. Together they have a flat in the city with a small balcony on which she grows her ever expanding collection of plants and watches the local birdlife.
Justine is a graduate of the Manchester Writing School’s Creative Writing MA programme and has short stories published in Fictive Dream, Virtual Zine, Confingo Magazine, and forthcoming in The Lonely Crowd, and with Nightjar Press.
In the Mirror, a Peacock Danced is her debut novel.
Of her deal with Agora Books, Justine Bothwick said:
‘I have always found solace in books, and writing is a natural extension of that. I love to be lost in a story, plotting and getting to know my characters, waiting for that moment when they come to life and take over. It feels like a conjuring trick to me. I started writing In the Mirror, a Peacock Danced over five years ago, and I am absolutely delighted that it is finally going to fly out into the world with Agora Books. I know it will be cared for, thanks to their enthusiasm and expertise. I can’t wait for people to read it.’
The Taste of Sand (in Virtual Zine)
Petrified (in Confingo Magazine)
A Spotter’s Guide to the Seashore (in Fictive Dream)
Behind Closed Eyes (in Virtual Zine)
Another Man’s Smile (in Bath Short Story Award Anthology)
Tenderness (in The Lonely Crowd)
Life Trickles In (in The Real Story)
Static (in Nightjar)