Justine Bowen-Jones was born and raised in Ashland, Oregon. She graduated from Portland State University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English. In 2008, she moved back to Ashland, and in the spring of 2009 began her memoir Almost Finished. She is an avid reader and tennis player, and enjoys spending time with her family.
While battling pancreatic cancer, James (Jim) K. Bowen, a poet and English professor, began writing letters to his young daughter, Justine. With the prospect of his probable passing, the collection of letters was intended to accompany her as she grew in adulthood, helping to answer questions and offer support at critical moments in her life. Jim passed away in 1990, when Justine was 6 years old.