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STEPHANIE DRAY is an award-winning, bestselling and two-time RITA award nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Her critically acclaimed series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into more than six different languages and won the Golden Leaf. Her focus on Ptolemaic Egypt and Augustan Age Rome has given her a unique perspective on 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. She’s also fascinated by the founding of the American Republic and its roots in ancient Rome. It’s her mission to illuminate the stories of women in history and inspire the young women of today.

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Stephanie Dray One night over dinner at a writer's conference, my friend Laura Kamoie and I got to talking about our mutual interest in Thomas Jefferson. At the…moreOne night over dinner at a writer's conference, my friend Laura Kamoie and I got to talking about our mutual interest in Thomas Jefferson. At the time, Laura was a professor of history teaching seminars on Jefferson at the United States Naval Academy. She'd never written historical fiction before and though I've always been interested in the foundation of the American Republic, most of my early historical work was set in ancient Rome. The prospect of tackling a new time period was a bit daunting, but we had the brainchild of combining our experiences to write a story about Jefferson from an angle we hadn't seen before--the perspective of his daughter. We knew what Thomas Jefferson was like as a Founding Father, but we wanted readers to get to know him as a father. We were so excited that we raced back to my hotel room and started researching the fascinating life of Patsy Jefferson that very night and kept researching until the wee hours of the morning. We committed, then and there, to writing the book. It was, in retrospect, a mad act of hubris, but we're so grateful we took the leap!(less)
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message 26: by Ana

Ana I'm missing your blog posts but I understand that work comes first. I've had a crazy couple of months at the office working with crazy deadlines too so I know the feeling. I'm sure all the hard work will pay off in your next book. I can't wait!

Take care!!!


Stephanie Dray Ana wrote: "Hi Stephanie! How have you been?"

Good, except for the crazy deadlines!


message 24: by Ana

Ana Hi Stephanie! How have you been?


Stephanie Dray Chrystal wrote: "I received "Song of the Nile" today and I'm very exited to read it! I glimpsed and glanced and peeked at it already and definitely intrigued. Can't wait to settle down with it."

Yay!


Chrystal Grcevich I received "Song of the Nile" today and I'm very exited to read it! I glimpsed and glanced and peeked at it already and definitely intrigued. Can't wait to settle down with it.


Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog) Hey Stephanie,Thanks for the friend-vite. =D


message 20: by Cheryl

Cheryl Hi Stephanie,

Thanks for friending me!


message 19: by Darynda

Darynda Jones Hey Stephanie! So nice to see you here! ~D~


Stephanie Dray Becca wrote: "Hi Stephanie :D Thanks for your friendvite...look forward to chatting books with ya!!"

Ditto!


message 17: by Becca

Becca Hi Stephanie :D Thanks for your friendvite...look forward to chatting books with ya!!


Stephanie Dray I definitely do not think she was a prostitute. I think she was tarnished because she was a woman.

I agree. And it makes me think of some events happening today :P My favorite Margaret George book was Memoirs of Cleopatra, but that can't be surprising :P


message 15: by Jenny

Jenny Howell My favorite book by Margaret George so far is Mary, Called Magdalene. It is funny, because I am not religious at all. It got me researching the Gnostic Gospels and anything about Mary I could get my hands on. I definitely do not think she was a prostitute. I think she was tarnished because she was a woman. I also loved Mary, Queen of Scotts. I really dislike Queen Elizabeth since I read that one. What about you? What's your favorite George book?


message 14: by Stephanie (last edited Mar 01, 2012 11:25AM)

Stephanie Dray Kristi-The Book Faery wrote: "Hi Stephanie! I started d reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series 15 years ago just as I finished nursing school! To this day it remains one of my dearest companion series! We have extremely good taste :o]

Yes, yes we do! ;) Last night I think I startled my husband awake by shouting, "Jack Randall, you bastard!"


message 13: by Kristi-The Book Faery (last edited Mar 01, 2012 11:16AM)

Kristi-The Book Faery Hi Stephanie!

Thanks so much for your friendship and your book recommendation!

I started reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series 15 years ago just as I finished nursing school! I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next installment fast enough! To this day it remains one of my dearest companion series!

We have extremely good taste :o]


Stephanie Dray Lindsey wrote: "Just found out you are going to be at Conbust, which I also JUST FOUND OUT EXISTED. Where has it been all my life?! Must.go."

I'm eager to see you there!


message 11: by Lindsey

Lindsey (Babies, Books, and Beyond) Just found out you are going to be at Conbust, which I also JUST FOUND OUT EXISTED. Where has it been all my life?! Must.go.


message 10: by Vicky

Vicky Stephanie Dray wrote:"I see we're both fans of Margaret George! Naturally, the Memoirs of Cleopatra are my favorite but I also have a soft spot for Mary Queen of Scots. I look forward to chatting books with you."

Yes! She is wonderful and she's coming out with a new one in March. I'm excited!

Thanks for the friendship!


Stephanie Dray Jessi(ca) wrote: "I am in LOVE with Lily of the Nile & Song of the Nile. Are you coming out with another or was that the end of the series? I'm currently reading any Egyptian historical fiction that I can find!"

I'm in love with you for loving them ;) Thanks so much for your kind remarks. I'm writing the third and final book in the trilogy right now. I hope you'll do me the additional kindness of reviewing my novels and telling friends about them! (Goodreads is fantastic, Amazon is even better, but really anywhere that's convenient for you and I'm grateful even if you don't have the chance.)


Stephanie Dray Gabrielle Carolina wrote: "Steph-

So many of my friends added Lily after I sent out a mass "book Rec!" I was so excited to see how many hadn't heard of it before, but now must read it! Because they must read it. *nods head,..."


Don't suppose you could do it again for Song? :P


Stephanie Dray Lindsey wrote: "I just finished reading the scene the night before Selene leaves Rome. !!!!! I was SHOCKED. And now my nook is dead and my charger is missing so I have no idea what happens next. Hopefully B&N gets..."

Lots of very shocking things happen in this book so I hope B&N fixes your Nook right away! ;)


Allison  Macias Merry Happy Late Release Day!!!


Lindsey (Babies, Books, and Beyond) I just finished reading the scene the night before Selene leaves Rome. !!!!! I was SHOCKED. And now my nook is dead and my charger is missing so I have no idea what happens next. Hopefully B&N gets me my new charger soon so I can finish it!


Stephanie Dray Hannah wrote: "Thanks for the add Stephanie! I love your work -- I practically devoured your first book in one sitting. And I'm eagerly awaiting 'Song of the Nile'.
Thank you for creating an exciting story to ste..."


How kind of you to let me know! I'm so nervous about what people will think of this sequel!


Hannah Thanks for the add Stephanie! I love your work -- I practically devoured your first book in one sitting. And I'm eagerly awaiting 'Song of the Nile'.
Thank you for creating an exciting story to step into :)


message 2: by Ana (last edited Jul 02, 2011 08:31AM)

Ana Hi Stephanie! I found an article about Cleopatra in the National Geographic Magazine website. Here's the link: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/201...

There's also a trivia. It's more about the movies than about the history, but I thought you'd be interested. Here's the link: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/201...


G.C. Nash Steph-

So many of my friends added Lily after I sent out a mass "book Rec!" I was so excited to see how many hadn't heard of it before, but now must read it! Because they must read it. *nods head, nods head!*

So... any new news about that *thing* you showed me?

;)

G.C.

AKA Selephanie's biggest Cheerleader!


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