• Describe your latest book My latest book as Stephanie Dray is "Song of the Nile," which is a RITA-award nominated historical fiction novel about Cleopatra's daughter and is also up for the Golden Leaf award in October. My latest book as Stephanie Draven is "In Bed With the Opposition," a contemporary romance about two rival campaign managers in Maryland who fall in love during an election year. Zany antics ensue. • Why write? What makes writing a book worthwhile? I love telling stories that start a conversation or provoke a debate. • How has growing up and/or living in the Baltimore area influenced your writing? Maryland is a wonderful state that I've fallen in love with since I moved here 16 years ago. It has been the setting for a number of my books, including the most recent one. I drew inspiration from the Maryland Primary election of 2006. • Is the written word in trouble? Are authors an endangered breed? Nope. More books are being written now than ever before in history. If anything, there are too darned many of us. • What's your next project? My next project is an erotic romance novel set in the 1920s. Think "Fifty Shades of Grey," but in the Roaring Twenties. Prohibition, flappers, and social change meet kink. What more can you ask for?