Invite the Author

Warwicks HTMCV teachers“When Stephanie Storey speaks, her generosity fills the room.”

“Her enthusiasm, quick-wit, energy and intelligence quickly captured everyone’s attention.”

“The crowd was enraptured by Stephanie’s storytelling.”

“She gave attendees the courage and inspiration to commit to their dream projects and tackle inevitable challenges.”

To invite Stephanie Storey to speak at your event, contact Allison Dykstra at

To request a review copy or to book an interview or other media appearance, contact Allison Dykstra at or Alexandra Hess at Arcade Publishing,

For business inquiries, please contact literary agent Barbara Braun.


IMG_6375“Stephanie Storey easily distinguished herself as one of the best speakers that the Springfield Art Museum has hosted in recent memory. She took the time to ask questions about our groups’ particular interests, understand the Museum’s collection, and to consider what format would be most engaging. She didn’t just present her ideas and research, she created a dialogue with the audience. Like a viewer of Michelangelo’s Pietà, the crowd was enraptured by Stephanie’s storytelling.” –Joshua Best, Development and Marketing Coordinator for the Springfield Art Museum

IMG_5092“Stephanie Storey’s expertise brought my writing to the next level. Her understanding of what motivates readers, as evidenced in her own work, makes the difference between an abandoned novel and a beloved one. Stephanie’s funny anecdotes and warm heart kept the powerful information at manageable levels. This is not your average writing class. It’s one to write home about.” – Kathryn Culpepper, The Writing Barn, attendee/student

Chapters Book ClubWhen Stephanie Storey speaks, her generosity fills the room. Stephanie’s talent for inspiring new writers to action transformed our casual open mic into a salon of heartfelt encouragement and wise advice. Her approachable style, mentorship, and excellent Q&A responses made a professional contribution beyond expectation.  I have already recommended Stephanie Storey to other organizations as both an artist and a speaker. – Jennifer Dorner, Writing Fellow, Attic Institute, Portland, Oregon

image2 copy 3“Stephanie sparkles!  Her talks about Leonardo and Michelangelo combine solidly researched information and imagination, presented with engaging style.  She paints a vivid picture of the rivalry of these two great Renaissance giants–equals in genius, opposites in personality–working almost elbow to elbow in Florence for several years.” – Carolyn Watson, Art History Professor at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina

IMG_4028“Stephanie Storey engages everyone in the room in her creative journey. She weaves her magic while imparting craft tips which are helpful to all writers. She presented one of the best workshops we have offered in recent months.” – Susan Williamson, Program Chair for the Winston-Salem Writers’ Workshop

IMG_3880The Asheville Art Museum enjoyed hosting Stephanie on her book tour for Oil and Marble! Although we don’t collect Italian Renaissance art, Stephanie tailored her discussion of the novel to include material on how Leonardo’s and Michelangelo’s masterpieces relate to our collection focus: 20th- and 21st-century American art with concentration on the arts of Southern Appalachia and Western North Carolina. No small feat, but she made it seem effortless and like the most natural thing in the world! Stephanie brings great energy and passion to her presentations, and her love for the subject matter is quite contagious. –Kristi McMillan, Adult Programs Manager at the Asheville Art Museum

IMG_5133“Author Stephanie Storey captivated the attention of her audience of around sixty Heber Springs residents keeping them spellbound as she spoke about her debut historical novel, Oil and MarbleHer enthusiasm, quick-wit, energy and intelligence quickly captured everyone’s attention and left the group feeling a part of her creative process… Stephanie’s passionate and animated presentation brought to life the historical important of these important works of art and the drama between these two masters as they created them. Stephanie encouraged each person to keep developing their own creative endeavors.” –Marilyn Wright, The Sun-Times, Heber Springs, Arkansas

image1“Stephanie Storey is a vibrant and engaging teaching artistwhose presentation strikes the perfect balance between author’s talk and instructional lecture—she opened a window into her own writing world for Writing Barn attendees while giving them practical tools for improving their process. Most importantly, she gave writers the courage and inspiration to commit to their dream projectsand tackle the inevitable challenges that come with writing and editing a book. Stephanie’s unique perspective as a producer enables her to speak candidly about making bold edits and brave character choices while staying true to the author’s voice.” – Claire Campbell, Program Manager at the Writing Barn

IMG_3790“With Oil and Marble, Stephanie Storey made Leonardo and Michelangelo come alive for art history students at The University of Mississippi.” – Nancy L. Wicker, Professor of Art History, The University of Mississippi, Author of Gender and the Archeology of Death

She is a fascinating individual whose passion is stimulating even for those of us without an artistic state of mind.” – Steve Vassallo,

image3-2 copy“Stephanie Storey gave an enthused and interesting presentation to my English class with a focus on her novel and the process of writing.  Students were most positive in their feedback, and Ms. Storey’s story was both fun and inspirational.  A nice yet relevant break in the daily curriculum.” – T.G. Fink binder, APEX English teacher at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, MD

image1 copy“Stephanie brought her passion for art history to our students at Lakeside High School. It was very inspiring to hear her talk about her journey to learn about Leonardo and Michelangelo!” – Stony Evans, Library media specialist at Lakeside High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas



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

16a Steph at Versailles


9 thoughts on “Invite 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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