I was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but after a peripatetic childhood ended up in the Washington, DC area, where I attended college, married, worked a day job in finance, and raised three children.My first book, Tales of Byzantium, contains short stories taking place in the middle years of the Byzantine Empire. My second book and first novel, Imperial Passions – The Porta Aurea, introduces Anna Dalassena, the extraordinary mother of the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Comnenus, and an unstoppable force in her time.Please visit my website, eileenstephenson.com and check out my blog to learn more about the amazing Byzantine Empire, aka Eastern Roman Empire. If you enjoyed these books, you can find another one there, nicknamed The Missing Story, there. It tells of a true event in the early career of Alexios I Comnenus, and while she isn’t in the story, Anna Dalassena’s influence on her son is the real story. The official title of it is “The Blinding of Roussel”. Enjoy!
Maya Rushing Walker is a writer of both historical and contemporary fiction. She works from her 1780s farmhouse in northern