About Steph

The Unladylike Adventures of Stephanie Burgis, writer of the Kat books

Photo of Steph by Gail Hammond

Credit: Photo by Gail Hammond.

Like the heroine of my novels, Kat, 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! Writing the Kat books was my chance to finally combine the two kinds of stories I love best.

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 is set) and now I live in Wales and have dual US/UK citizenship. I live with my husband, Patrick Samphire (who is both a writer and a web and ebook cover designer), our crazy-sweet border collie mix, Maya, and our wonderful toddler son, known as "Mr. Darcy".

Before I became a full-time writer, I was a college student for a LONG time. I won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Vienna, Austria, earned a Master's degree in music history (specializing in late-18th-century opera), and got my Bachelor of Music degree in French Horn Performance and Music History. I also had lots 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.

You can find out more about me by reading my interviews, check out my author page (with Q&A) on the Simon & Schuster website, or keep me company on my blog (either on this site or on my livejournal, whichever you prefer). Please do say hi when you stop by!