About Steph

The Unladylike Adventures of Stephanie Burgis, writer of the Kat books and Masks and Shadows

Photo of Steph by Gail Hammond

Credit: Photo by Gail Hammond.

Like the heroine of my Kat, Incorrigible trilogy, 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 two wonderful sons, known on my blog as "MrD" (short for "Mr Darcy") and "Toddler X."

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 (specializing in late-18th-century opera), and spent three years doing PhD work at the University of Leeds. There, I studied opera and politics in late-eighteenth-century Vienna and at the Hungarian palace of Eszterháza...all of which directly fed into my wildly romantic historical fantasy novel for adults, Masks and Shadows!

I also had lots of different jobs along the way, 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, including a recent Locus interview that has been excerpted online, or keep me company on my blog (either on this site or on my livejournal), on Facebook (I'm always happy to friend my readers there!) or on Twitter. Please do say hi when you stop by!