Stephanie Thornton is a writer and history teacher who has been obsessed with infamous women from ancient history since she was twelve. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alaska, where she is at work on her next novel.
"Stephanie Thornton's Theodora is tough and intelligent, spitting defiance against the cruel world of the Byzantine Empire. Her rise from street urchin to emperor's consort made me want to stand up and cheer. Her later years as empress are great fun to read, but it was her early struggle as actress and courtesan that really had me roaring: either with rage at the misfortunes heaped on this poor girl, or with delight as she once more picked herself up with a steely glint in her eye and kept on going."--Kate Quinn, author of Empress of the Seven Hills
"Loss, ambition and lust keep this rich story moving at top
speed. Stephanie Thornton writes a remarkable first novel that
brings a little known woman to full, vibrant life...A sprawling and
irresistible story."--Jeane Westin, author of The Spymaster's