Dr. Andrea Stehle is a Latin teacher at John Paul Stevens High School in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her BA in Latin with a minor in classics from the University of Texas in 1989. Classical mythology has been one of her great passions her whole life. As a sponsor of a chapter of the National Junior Classical League Magistra Stehle has sponsored Myth Camps for elementary, middle school & high school students many times during her quarter of a century teaching career. Besides writing the Gods of Arcadia series, Dr. Stehle researches and writes articles on Latin Vocabulary Acquisition and Retention.
The world of Arcadia began as a "what if" conversation my daughter, Monica. We both loved how Rick Riordan's books had brought mythology to the modern world and we wondered what a futuristic world controlled by the Greek gods would be like. The hypothetical discussion reminded me of a old Star Trek episode called "Who Mourns for Adonias?" where the god Apollo had tried to force Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise to worship him. I couldn't stop thinking about the possibilities. The next day as I was giving the Spanish AP test, I found myself sketching a map and outlining the powers and followers of each Olympian. Thus the world of Arcadia was born and five years later I am proud to finally share it with my readers.
Dr. Stehle in front of the replica of Stone Henge in Ingram, Texas.