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

10 Times American Politics Were Worse Than Now

American politics is rough right now. You might’ve lost friends on Facebook. You might’ve lost friends in real life. You might’ve even ended up in a food fight over Thanksgiving dinner with your drunk uncle. And I don’t want to make light of that, because our challenges are unprecedented and terrifying,…

Write Something Else

From time to time, readers and fellow authors email me asking for advice or sharing with me their own stories about obstacles that come between them and the stories they want to write. This past summer, I received the following letter from aspiring African American writer Shawntel Jones. Stephanie, I…

Presentation: Thomas Jefferson as a Father

Given by Stephanie Dray, or jointly by Stephanie and her co-author Laura Kamoie, this talk focuses on how Thomas Jefferson evolved not as the Founding Father we know him to be, but as an actual father. Both to his eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph, as well as to the children he…

 
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