About Me

Stephanie Burgis

Stephanie Burgis

Like Kat (the heroine of my first three novels), I come from a big, noisy, loving family, and I’m really close to my siblings. I grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, hopelessly addicted to books. My dad read me both The Lord of the Rings and Pride and Prejudice when I was less than ten years old, so I learned to love fantasy adventures AND 19th-century romantic comedies!

Now I’m both American and British, which feels pretty magical to me. I was born American and still am, but I spent seven years living in Yorkshire, England (where A Most Improper Magick/Kat, Incorrigible is set) and now I live in Wales and have dual US/UK citizenship. I live with my husband, fellow writer Patrick Samphire, our two sons (known online as “Mr Darcy” and “Toddler X”) and our sweet old border collie mix, Maya.

Steph at 6, setting a pattern for the rest of her life...
Steph at 6, setting a pattern for the rest of her life…

Before I became a full-time writer, I won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Vienna, Austria, earned a Master’s degree in music history, and spent three years researching a PhD in music history, specialising in late-eighteenth-century opera and politics in Vienna and Eszterh├íza – research which directly inspired my (wildly romantic and operatic) adult historical fantasy novel, Masks and Shadows! I also had a variety of different jobs, including teaching English to teenagers in Vienna, temping in a Senatorial office in Lansing, Michigan, and editing the website of an opera company in northern England.

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