About the Author

Stephanie Storey’s debut novel Oil and Marble is a Los Angeles Times bestseller, was named one of Hudson Booksellers’ Best Books of 2016, and was called “extraordinarily entertaining” by The New York Times. She has a degree in Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University and attended a PhD program in Art History—before leaving to get her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She has studied art in Italy and been on a pilgrimage to see every Michelangelo on display in Europe. She has also been a television producer for over 15 years in Los Angeles for shows like Tavis Smiley on PBS, The Arsenio Hall Show for CBS, and The Writers’ Room for Sundance Channel. When not writing novels or producing television, she can usually be found — with her husband, an actor and Emmy-winning comedy writer — traveling the world in search of her next story.


From the author:

“You are no longer an aspiring novelist,” my best friend told me when I received an offer of publication for my debut novel, Oil and Marble. Since I was seven years old (when I wrote and illustrated my first little book, Horty the Hog Goes to School) I have dreamed of being an author.

Along the way of pursuing this dream (and writing every day – in the mornings, at night, while my husband is at Improv or Tae Kwon Do), I have studied art and art history at Vanderbilt University, gotten an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, and produced over a thousand episodes of television. I have celebrated a birthday with Candice Bergen, helped Sandra Bullock navigate a dark, cable-snaked floor in three-inch stilettos, and recreated 1776 Philadelphia in a white-walled conference room so a comic could sign the Declaration of Independence. I have talked world affairs with Salman Rushdie, had Maya Angelou console me with stories of tigers under her bed, and helped Barack Obama navigate quickly through convention security when he was still just an unknown Senator from Illinois.

And after all of that, I write. Because if I didn’t, the stories that flood my head would wash me away.

Oil and Marble is the product of my twenty-year obsession with the Italian Renaissance and the creation of art. For even more information about the author go to www.stephaniestorey.com

16a Steph at Versailles


8 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Just finished reading Oil and Marble. The highest compliment that I can think of: “I did not want it to end.”

    I learned so much while I was totally captivated by your “historical novel.” I intend to visit Florence (and David) in 2017, God willing. I’ll also go back to Rome and visit The Pieta for a second time.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Jerry L. Morris Vero Beach, FL 32960 VU ‘BE ’64
    P.S. Learned of your book from Vanderbilt Magazine Fall 2016.

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    1. Jerry, Thank YOU so much for reaching out. You have no idea how much notes like this mean to me. And thrilled that you learned about it in Vanderbilt Magazine (go Dores!). Enjoy your trip to Florence this year. Say “hi” to David for me…


  2. I am obsessed with Michelangelo and could not put your book down till the Sun was coming up. Loved your style of writing and learned so much.
    I would like to arrange or find a small tour that would cover Michelangelo’s life, see the quarry where he was raised as a child, the mountain town where he was born, the area in Florence where he lived, walked and worked and see all his art around and in Florence. Do you know of any contacts that arrange something like that? Currently I am making notes of towns, streets, mountains, locations that are mentioned in your book and the “Agony and the Ecstasy” and getting maps of Italy and Florence to try to put this together but do not speak Italian and wondering if you have any ideas?

    Jeri Stoney, Plano, Texas


    1. THANK YOU so much for reaching out! I’m glad you enjoyed the read. You know, I need to find someone who gives tours like that because I keep getting this question! I have a couple of people I can ask… Hmmm. let me think. I will say that even if you don’t speak Italian, Italy is fairly easy to navigate. People are friendly and will do what they can to help. You have inspired me and I’ll write a little blog post about this topic this week and post it!


  3. I just finished reading your book (Oil and Marble). I hadn’t read about you yet, but as I finished the book, I thought to myself, “The author is an artist herself”.

    Your book is a piece of art itself. It is like an artist making sketches of the masters. Your not at the end of the book is like your synopsis of your art.

    You took me back in time, and I was mingling with Michelangelo and Leonardo, and I am sure that their intimate thoughts and feelings were exactly as you described – for an artist can look into another artist’s heart.



  4. Stephanie,

    Our Second Readers book club here in Little Rock loved Oil and Marble! And what an incredible treat to have you visit our club yesterday. You are absolutely mesmerizing. I hope everyone who has a chance to see/hear you will take advantage of it. We cannot wait for a movie version and for your next book. You aimed high, and you hit the mark!


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