Stephanie and Laura have spoken at hundreds of events to audiences of all sizes over the past several years. They have appeared by themselves, together, and on panels including multiple authors. They have given more traditional book talks, on the history behind and writing of their novels, as well as provided key note addresses. Stephanie and Laura are often invited to speak to a variety of groups about their novels, the craft of writing, and history and they’d love to hear from you. Please contact them to learn more about speaking fees, scheduling, and other considerations.

  • To browse their upcoming appearances and events, visit here.

  • To browse some of their past appearances and events, visit here.

  • To watch/listen to video/audio of them speaking, visit here.

  • To contact Stephanie & Laura, fill out the form here. Depending on the nature of your request, you may be referred to the HarperCollins Speakers Bureau.

Speaking Topics:

My Dear Hamilton book talk – focusing on the history behind and the writing of the novel

America’s First Daughter book talk – focusing on the history behind and the writing of the novel

Revolutionary Women – focusing on the experiences and contributions of women during the revolutionary era

Remembering the Ladies – focusing on the research and writing challenges of telling women’s histories

Collaborative Writing – focusing on the process and craft of co-authoring a book, from conception of an idea to writing to marketing

Silver Linings & Reinvention (Laura) – focusing on her author journey from history professor to full-time author, including discussions of my traumatic brain injury, changing careers at mid-life, and lessons learned

Bad Girls of the Ancient World (Stephanie) – focusing on the women of Stephanie’s ancient-world-set novels

History & Historical Fiction (Laura) – focusing on what she learned about the past, research, and writing as a historian who became a novelist

Other book, writing craft, or historical topics may be mutually agreed upon – please inquire


Some prior hosts and venues include:

  • Museums and historical societies: Smithsonian Museum of American History, Margaret Mitchell House (GA), Historical Annapolis, Cutts-Madison House (DC), Menokin Foundation (VA), Captain Avery Museum (MD)
  • Book festivals: Decatur, Morristown, Baltimore, Virginia, Annapolis, Gaithersburg, George Mason Fall Festival of the Book
  • Bookstores: Politics & Prose (DC), Ivy Bookshop (Baltimore), Penguin Bookshop (Pittsburgh), Lake Forest Bookstore (Chicago), Anderson’s (Chicago), Tattered Cover (Denver), Wellington Square Bookshop (Exton, PA), Browseabout (Rehoboth Beach, DE), Bethany Beach Books (DE), A Likely Story (Sykesville, MD), Turn the Page (Boonsboro, MD), One More Page Books (Arlington, VA), Byrds Books (Bethel, CT), Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza (Albany), Book Passage (San Francisco), Curious Iguana (Frederick, MD), Barnes & Noble (multiple)
  • Libraries: St. Louis Library (MO), Corona (CA) Public Library, Carlsbad City (CA) Library, Brookfield Library (CT), Cuyahoga County (OH) Public Library, Delaware County (OH) District Library, Anne Arundel County (MD) Public Library, King County (WA) Public Library
  • Community Reads Selections:
    • Brookfield, CT One Town One Read (My Dear Hamilton)
    • Lebanon County (PA) Reads (America’s First Daughter)
    • Pennsylvania DAR (My Dear Hamilton)



STEPHANIE DRAY is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today bestselling author of historical women’s fiction. Her award-winning work has been translated into eight languages and tops lists for the most anticipated reads of the year. Before she became a novelist, she was a lawyer and a teacher. Now she lives near the nation’s capital with her husband, cats, and history books.


Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today Bestseller, LAURA KAMOIE has always been fascinated by the people, stories, and physical presence of the past, which led her to a lifetime of historical and archaeological study and training. She holds a doctoral degree in early American history from The College of William and Mary, published two non-fiction books on early America, and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing forty novels in multiple genres, including historical fiction, which allows her the exciting opportunity to combine her training in and love of history with her passion for storytelling. Laura lives among the colonial charm of Annapolis, Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and monster German shepherd, Schuyler.