About Me

Stephanie Burgis

Stephanie Burgis

I come from a big, noisy, loving family, and I’m really close to my younger brothers, so it’s not a surprise that so many of my books are about families of one sort or another. I grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, hopelessly addicted to books – and luckily, my family visited the library every week. 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 very early in my life 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 “Mr X”) and our extremely vocal tabby cat, Pebbles.

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 as a doctoral student researching late-eighteenth-century opera and politics in Vienna and Eszterháza – 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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Note for teachers, librarians and bookclubs: If your class or bookclub has read one of my books, I’m always happy to do a fifteen-minute Q&A Skype visit for free. Just contact me to set it up!

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