Stefanie Van Steelandt

Author and Speaker


An independent scholar and blogger who spent the last twenty years studying biography, Stefanie grew up near Belgium’s Liberty Road, which General Patton and his Third Army followed during WWII.

After graduating from Berkeley College with a degree in Business Management and Marketing, Stefanie spent several years in fashion before pursuing her passions: history and art. She managed The Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition Eastern Region for over a decade, helping young singers realize their dream of making it to the most famous stage in the world, and became a well-respected proof-and-beta reader specializing in nonfiction.

Currently living in New York City and working on her second book, Stefanie spent nearly four years researching and writing Lady of the Army. Whenever she isn’t writing or marketing, she likes to go for a run, cook up a storm, or immerse herself in the art world.


2023 Silver Winner – Benjamin Franklin Award (Biography & Autobiography)

2023 Silver Medal – Military Writers Society of America (Memoir/Biography)


“A masterpiece of seminal research, Lady of the Army: The Life of Mrs. George S. Patton is an extraordinary, detailed, and unique biography of a remarkable woman married to a now legendary American military leader in both World War I and World War II. This exceptionally well written, organized and presented biography is informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a four page Family Tree, forty-four pages of Notes, a six page Bibliography, and an eight page Index … Lady of the Army is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library 20th Century American Biography and World War II History collections.” Midwest Book Review

“A unique book in the military biography field, Van Steelandt does a masterful job detailing the life of Beatrice Ayer Patton, General George S. Patton’s wife. More than just the wife of a famous general adding to George’s career and reputation and maintaining it after his death, Beatrice was also a successful writer and sportswoman of her own. Lady of the Army is an enjoyably readable book about an important woman of the 20th century, as well as an academic book with extensive references and background.” Ross Rojek, Manhattan Book Review

General George S. Patton is one of the most studied military leaders in history. Dozens of books, hundreds of articles, millions of words have been written about his exploits in war, but now comes a unique book that completes the story of Patton the man and the warrior. Written by Stefanie Van Steelandt, Lady of the Army is the remarkable history of Beatrice Patton, wife of General George S. Patton, a true renaissance woman and backbone of the famous military family … It is not an exaggeration to write Lady of the Army is the most complete study ever undertaken to chronicle the life and times of Beatrice Patton and owing to Van Steelandt’s extensive research, it will also rank as a first-rate look at the life and career of General George S. Patton. This book is magnificent and a literary triumph!” ―Brian M. Sobel, Author of The Fighting Pattons (Full Review)

“Reading Lady of the Army was like reading an encyclopedia! It was not only that there was so much material, but that it was all interesting, informative, and relevant. Stefanie Van Steelandt brought Beatrice Ayer Patton back to life as a multifaceted person with so many talents that she could not be appreciated fully if she were only known as “Mrs. George”. Although she makes very clear that Beatrice was most dedicated to supporting her husband and his stature, there was much more to her than loyal devotion. I consider Stefanie’s book to be a triumph, for taking on a worthy subject as no other author or researcher has, and for having the courage to do it as a first-time writer.” —Joanne Holbrook Patton

“A magisterial recounting of the life of George S. Patton’s wife Beatrice, Stefanie van Steelandt’s LADY OF THE ARMY offers a frank and sympathetic portrait of the woman behind the general.” —Craig Jones, for IndieReader (Full Review)

“Contrary to most biographies of military men and women, WW2 and George S. Patton’s role in it…didn’t become the book’s sole focus. Instead, the author aims to show Beatrice Ayer Patton as a separate individual who was much more than the wife of her famous husband. With a passion for her heroine, the author describes Beatrice’s struggles of consciously living in the shadow of an ambitious yet diffident man like George Smith Patton.” Reedsy Discovery

“George S. Patton needs no introduction. He was a towering figure, so much so that his wife and her role in his greatness have been quite overshadowed. Van Steelandt, an independent long-term scholar of biography, has produced an impressive and exhaustively researched work that corrects this anomaly.” ―Anne Green, Eating My Words

“I am speechless and overjoyed at the level of detail and description you [Stefanie Van Steelandt] provide in this incredible body of work. I enjoy reading biographies, but your work is simply unparalleled against today’s writings. Thank you for all of your research and writing. I can’t wait to read more!” ―Andrew Becher


The Ernie Pyle WWII Museum Podcast

The Authors Show – April 3, 2023

WWII Podcast – August 10, 2023

Conversation with Dana P. Rowe (Narrator) – October 30, 2023


A Freak Accident, a Devoted Wife, and the Death of General Patton – >34,000 reads since December 2022 and over 1.5 million impressions on Facebook.


Redwood Library – Author Talk & Signing
June 14, 2023 – Newport, RI

Wolfgang & Luke – Author Talk & Signing June 30, 2023 – Great Falls, VA

Wenham Museum/ Patton Homestead – Author Talk & Signing September 23, 2023 – South Hamilton, MA

General George S. Patton Memorial Museum – Veterans Day Celebration November 11, 2023 – Chiriaco Summit, CA

Lady of the Army: The Life of Mrs. George S. Patton