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June 2, 2016

I know my readers are as fascinated by history as I am, so there’s tons of tidbits and trivia to be found on my website that go beyond the books. I invite you to explore these profiles, essays, and extended reading lists.

About Stephanie’s Heroines

Further Reading

Essays on the Founding Mothers

The Women Behind Thomas Jefferson - Fri, 03 Jun 2016
Cross-posted from DrayKamoie.com Thomas Jefferson was the voice of the American Revolution, the author of the Declaration of Independence, the founder of the University of Virginia, and the third president of the United States. But he was also a man famously ruled as much by his heart as by his head. He was a man […]


Essays on the World of Cleopatra Selene

Would Cleopatra Selene Really Have Considered Herself Egyptian? - Mon, 03 Mar 2014
    One of the criticisms sometimes leveled at my Nile series is that because the Ptolemaic Dynasty considered itself Macedonian, the emphasis I place on Egyptian culture–and Cleopatra Selene’s awareness of it–is somehow historically inaccurate or anachronistic. I believe this criticism is made primarily by people who correctly understand that Cleopatra the Great, Selene’s […]

Why Do You Hate Ancient Romans So Much? (And Other Frequently Asked Questions) - Thu, 23 Feb 2012
A few years ago, I was enraptured by the life story of a nine year old Egyptian princess who was taken prisoner by the Romans, dragged through the streets in chains, and yet went on to be the most powerful queen in Augustus’ empire. I decided to write some books about her, the most recent […]

My Choices in Song of the Nile - Thu, 02 Feb 2012
The life of Cleopatra Selene is a story so unlikely that magic sometimes seems like the only explanation. But that isn’t why I chose to include magical realism in my book. I included my heroine’s ability to commune with her goddess through bloody hieroglyphs and some dominion over the wind, because I wanted my novels […]


See Also:

The Story Behind the Nile Trilogy