Stephanie Dray

About me

Stephanie graduated with a degree in Government from Smith, a small women’s college in Massachusetts where–to the consternation of her devoted professors–she was unable to master Latin. However, her focus on Middle Eastern Studies gave her a deeper understanding of the consequences of Egypt’s ancient clash with Rome, both in terms of the still-extant tensions between East and West as well as the worldwide decline of female-oriented religion.

Before she wrote novels, Stephanie was a lawyer, a game designer, and a teacher. Now she uses the transformative power of magic realism to illuminate the stories of women in history and inspire the young women of today. She remains fascinated by all things Roman or Egyptian and has–to the consternation of her devoted husband–collected a house full of cats and ancient artifacts.

From my website

Historical Fiction Books I’m Reading

I tend to be reading many books at the same time. Here are some of the ones that I’m learning from and enjoying right now. I think you might like them too. Check them out!


When I decided to write a mainstream historical fiction book about Thomas Jefferson’s daughter Patsy, it was in part, because of my continued frustration with people in our country who refuse to believe, even with DNA evidence, that Thomas Jefferson initiated sex with his slave, Sally Hemings, most probably when…

Let’s Help Out A Family That Lost Everything

The kind and talented historical fiction author Kate Quinn and her heroic servicemen of a husband (aka. Overseas Gladiator) suffered a house fire this week. Everyone, including the dog, was lucky to escape alive, but Kate was hospitalized briefly after having been blown down the stairs in a backdraft. She’s recovering now but the…

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