Later Kass began work on her Ph.D. in "Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean World" at University of Pennsylvania with Robert Kraft. Various circumstances kept her from completing the degree although she had done much of the preliminary work on her proposed dissertation topic, Alexander the Alabarch.
Because of her educational background, all of Kass' historical fiction addresses different aspects of religion in the ancient Mediterranean world. She hopes to bring an authentic sense of antiquity to her writing because of her years of training in the historical critical method and in ancient and modern languages (Classical and Koine Greek, Biblical and Modern Hebrew, Latin, Coptic, French and German).
Kass also has an M.Ln. (Master in Library and Information Management) from Emory University. She began work in university libraries but was eventually recruited to assist with information management in several university and government computer services departments. She designed and supervised the release of one of the most complex, standards-based digital libraries and one-stop information gateways in the U.S. while working full-time in the Office of the Chief Information Officer of the National Park Service.
Kass lives on a conservation area outside Tampa, Florida with her three energetic children Stormy, Beau, and the Doodle Boy. She loves to garden, collect ancient coins, read mysteries, visit the local science and art museums, and never misses an episode of CSI (the original of course.)
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