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Stephanie Storey Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Oil and Marble (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Raphael, Painter in Rome (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

When she was younger, her family would drive around in a motor home from one coast to another. Stephanie would go to Europe at the age of eighteen as part of a traveling choir. She has continued traveling, having snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef and gone to Iceland, hiking to a south coast glacier. She has also traveled in an attempt to witness every displayed Michelangelo in Europe.

Storey went to Lakeside High School located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She would graduate in 1993. She attended Vanderbilt University, where she got her B.A. in fine arts and graduated cum laude. While she was there, she would also go abroad and study Italian and art as part of a semester at Universita di Pisa.

Storey would also go to Washington University to go to a PhD program specializing in art history. She would then attend Emerson College to study creative writing, graduating with her Master of Fine Arts in the subject of creative writing. She has also gone to UCLA Extension, where she took classes focusing on literature, fiction, and screenwriting.

Stephanie has also done her share of acting and taking acting classes. She has been part of the Actors Creative Workshop, Actors Workout Studio, and Elephant Theater. She’s also studied improv comedy with the Groundlings and at the University of California in Berkeley.

In addition to being an author, she has also worked as a television producer. Working out of Los Angeles, she has worked on a number of shows over the years. This includes PBS’s Tavis Smiley, The Arsenio Hall Show on CBS, Sundance Channel’s The Writer’s Room featuring Jim Rash, and ABC’s The Alec Baldwin Show.

When she is not busy producing television shows or writing, she is usually hanging out with her husband of traveling somewhere in the world looking for another story. She is married to Mike Gandolfi, who is a comedy writer and an actor.

Stephanie Storey’s first novel to come out was the historical book Oil and Marble. It is the story of Leonardo and Michelangelo and was published in 2016. It was a best seller on the Los Angeles Times and named as one of the Best Books of 2016 by Hudson Booksellers.

The novel has since been translated into multiple languages. It was also optioned by Pioneer Pictures to become a feature film.

Oil and Marble is the debut historical novel from author Stephanie Storey. If you are interested in history or art or both, then be sure to check this book out! Storey brings Florence in the early sixteenth century to life.

This is where the author goes into the minds of two different masters of the Renaissance. The result is a thriller with tons of art history for the reader to enjoy. For four years from 1501-1505, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci were both residing in Florence and working there as well. But while they were in similar situations, they were also very different and at different stages in their lives.

Leonardo was fifty years old and known to be not only handsome but charming as well. His career was at its peak. Meanwhile, Michelangelo was in the middle of his twenties, a sculptor with a temperament, and wanting to make his own name where he had not yet. When he comes back to Florence, Michelangelo is not known at all. But there he wins a commission with the task of carving out David, which is destined to become one of the top famed sculptures of time.

Michelangelo wants to help to support his poor family, even though they do not approve of him being an artist. He spends time at the foot of the marble block until he starts to see what the stone is saying to him. He has a tough deadline to meet, but begins work immediately, carving at the stone right away.

At the same time, Leonardo is seeing the downfall of his life. He has lost the commission on the David sculpture. Meanwhile, he’s having a tough time finishing projects. He can’t seem to get any of them done. He’s also obsessed with the flying machine that he’s invented. He comes close to dying in war and the engineering designs that he’s come up with fail.

He’s also enraptured by a woman he noticed in the market, the wife of a merchant. When he gets a commission to paint her, she morphs into his muse: Lisa. Now having known of Michelangelo, da Vinci does not care for him. He dislikes his youth and considers him unsophisticated. Meanwhile, the younger artist is as impressed by the genius of da Vinci as much as he is envious of it.

This is the story of the rivalry between two great artists of the time. Read the compelling Oil and Marble for yourself to get every bit of their history and find out the full story!

Raphael: Painter in Rome is the second novel to come out from Stephanie Storey. It was published in April of 2020, which lines up with the five hundred year anniversary of when Raphael died. It’s a historical art thriller from Storey that will have readers enchanted.

When it comes to the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo, it’s one of the most recognized and famous Renaissance masterpieces. This is the story of how it was created as seen from the point of view of the greatest rival Michelangelo would have.

Raphael is a great painter, and he is young and attractive as well. He became an orphan at just eleven, but made a promise to his father on his deathbed that he would become history’s greatest artist.

However, it’s a tall promise to fulfill. Raphael wants to be the best, but to do so, he must surpass the best out there. And that would be Michelangelo, the creator of David. When both artists are called to Rome by Pope Julius II, they go to battle. Michelangelo paints the ceiling, and Raphael is allowed to decorate the private apartments of the pope.

Raphael battles demons as he tries to achieve perfection. From his ambition to fearing imperfection and his isolation, he has plenty to conquer. He also falls for a young woman who will end up becoming his muse. Check out this incredible book to get the full plot and fall into a slice of history!

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