About the Author

Steph Low Res 311Stephanie Storey is a writer and art fanatic. 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. When not writing novels and screenplays, she works as a television producer and tries, but fails, to do headstands in yoga. She lives in LA with her husband, an actor and Emmy-winning comedy writer. Oil and Marble is her debut novel.


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 get quickly through security when he was still just an unknown Senator from Illinois.

SG Storey at Versailles

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.


20 thoughts on “About the Author

    1. Thanks! That’s nice of you to look around this little blog… and I can’t wait for you to be able to read my novel! It’ll be a fun day when it’s out.


  1. Stepanie, I hope you will schedule a signing in Little Rock when you come to Arkansas. I have sent your web address to several people, and we are all interested in your book.

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  2. My good friend from Little Rock, Betty Teeter Haydon, phoned to excitedly exclaim that your book is now available–a few days in advance of its original release date. Congratulations! I look forward to reading it and sharing it with my “bookie” friends in Arlington TX. Teeter said you might schedule a bookstore signing in Dallas or Fort Worth. If so, I hope to be there! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Gracie! Yes, Amazon shipped early to Prime customers– but it’s available everywhere starting a week from today– Tuesday, March 1st! I am currently scheduling Dallas — in May — so I will keep you posted (or make sure Betty does!)


  3. Greetings from the Ozarks! I high-tailed it to B&N today and grabbed my copy of your book. I plan to devour it–and look forward to getting lost in history, art, beauty, and brilliance.
    Also! I am beyond thrilled that you are coming to the Springfield Art Museum on March 20th. Many thanks!!

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  4. Bonjour, Stephanie! Remember your French teacher, Mme Roi/King at Lakeside?! We had the most wonderful conversations about European travel and art… you sat on the front row, right in front of my desk and shared with me all the exciting adventures from your first trip to Europe.
    I have inked in your book signing/reading at Garvan Gardens on 17 March in my appt book. (Oui, I still like my desk calendar)
    Today I found your website and have enjoyed catching up on what you have been doing with your life. You go girl!
    And, I discovered on this site that I don’t have to wait until the 17th to purchase your book. I’m headed to the bookstore now so I can read it before I see you next week. (P.S. It was published on my birthday…March 1 😊)
    I am so proud of you, so pleased that you have followed your passion. Can’t wait to read your novel Oil and Marble and to see you!
    Je vous aime, Mme King
    À bientôt!

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  5. Madame King!!!! I have been looking for you! Because I have wanted to tell you HOW much you inspired me. You are a wonderful teacher and I thank you so much for everything you gave me! I CANNOT wait to see you at the Gardens, sign your book and give you a giant hug of gratitude! A bientot!! 🙂 steph


  6. I just left a review on GoodReads that I hope makes everyone I know run out and get your book! It now rivals my former lonely favorite book (These Is My Words by Nancy Turner). I could see the movie play out as I read it and I hope one day that will actually happen. Thank you for this wonderful story of passion for something other than romance.

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  7. I have just finished reading your wonderful “Oil and Marble ” Can’t tell you how much I loved it. Couldn’t put it down. So you are to blame for my red eyes and bags. It was well worth it. This is sure a reread. Thank you for sharing your talent with us all.

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    1. Hi Linda! Thank you! I’m still writing the next one — here’s what I’m willing to say… It’s still art historical fiction (because I hope to be writing art historical fiction until the day I die). It’s set in the Italian Renaissance (not because ALL of the novels I want to write are set in the Italian Renaissance but because I’m not done with it… yet). AND if Oil and Marble is primarily set in Florence, the new one primarily takes place in… Rome…

      That’s all I’m saying for now. I’m working hard and making great progress — no pub date yet, but I will keep you posted 🙂


  8. Ms. Storey — I deeply enjoyed OIL AND MARBLE. I read it entirely in Italy. First in Spoleto, where on our first night the earthquake rocked Umbria. We were safe, but so many were not. I finished it just now in Ascoli Picena, where a state funeral was held for many of the earthquake victims on the day we arrived. While reading your book, I yearned for a moment to be in Florence, then realized I’d rather be in the Florence conjured by your words, filled in by my imagination, than the actual tourist mecca this last steamy week of August. I admire very much your singular ability to articulate the sometimes harrowing creative process — both Michelangelo’s and Leonardo’s. As a composer myself, I tragically relate both to Leonardo’s extreme difficulty in finishing things and to Michelangelo’s almost uncontrollable impulse to destroy them. It does sometimes feel as though tackling a new work of art is like going into battle against Goliath. I thank you very much for writing OIL AND MARBLE and for carrying on to the finish regardless of the obstacles.

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    1. THANK YOU Wayne! I’m glad you enjoyed the read! (I’m obviously just now getting to my recent website comments today and just saw your other comment, too!)… Wow, can’t believe you were in Spoleto for the earthquake. Glad you are okay… What kind of music do you compose? From your brief writing, I bet your music has enormous heart. Keep creating beautiful things. Art is power. Art is love.


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