Steve Hartley is the classmate, third boyfriend, and later husband of Theresa Sullivan.
Norman Boutin said in an interview that Steve Hartley was the most challenging character in Empress Theresa to write.
- What would the average husband do upon learning that the girl he had married turns out to be the world’s most powerful and important person? This could have gone in many directions. I decided to make Steve the loyal husband demanding nothing for himself. Isn’t that what a good Catholic man would do?
Role in the Story Edit
Steve's role is to be Theresa's biggest supporter in everything she does. He has almost no role or personality outside of his relationship with Theresa. The quintessential underdeveloped love interest character, even though a male.