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

A Little Presidential Humor

Some of these jokes are as flat and humorless as the presidents who uttered them, but some of them made me snort and howl. What do you think? Here’s an excerpt to get you started. George W. Bush, at the 2006 White House correspondents’ dinner “Cheney’s a good man. He’s got…

Free Read–The Gingerbread Princess

Once upon a time, I wrote a heartbreaking little tale that got lost in the shuffle of my writing career. Even as I juggled bigger projects, I never stopped thinking about this story—which explores many of my own trademark themes about sacrifice, and the tensions between duty, womanhood and family…

How to Start a Local Chapter of the Historical Novel Society

As currently structured, the Historical Novel Society is open to readers, bloggers, and authors. It alternates conference years in the United States and England. This often means two years between seeing friends and colleagues, pitching to editors, and otherwise keeping track of the state of the Historical Fiction genre in…

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