Stephanie Renee dos Santos

About me

As a writer of historical fiction, the 18th century is my passion, along with art-related stories.

I have a B.A. in Studio Arts from Whitman College.

My forthcoming novel, CUT FROM THE EARTH…

In the Year of Our Lord 1755, Portuguese tile maker, Piloto Manuel Pires is committed to manumitting slaves and hiring them in his tile factory, a promise rife with problems. He harbors a secret tile designer, whose ongoing innovations of the the figura de convite, an invitation figure, puts the shop’s works in demand by Lisbon’s elite and at odds with a Jesuit priest. When a commission destined for the Amazon jungle must be altered, and an omen is disregarded, the shop plummets into struggle. Then on November 1, All Saints Day, with the city’s populace at church, disasters strike: earthquake, tidal waves, mass fire. Piloto’s life is forever changed and challenged as is his shop, tile making, and Portugal.

From my website

Love of Art in Historical Fiction Series featuring Maureen Gibbon of Paris Red

The artist and muse, the electric spark for high art, and in the case of Paris Red — high literature. This novel is artistic, poetic, exotic, and reflects deep care to reach perfection of prose, multi-dimensional characters and stimulating scenes. It’s as if this book was polished by a brunisseue, a…

Love of Art in Historical Fiction Series featuring Alyson Richman & The Mask Carver’s Son

The Mask Carver’s Son by Alyson Richman is poetic and stirring, with tender and revealing artistic, cultural, and historical details. The story begins in 1890 near the Daigo mountains within the walls of Kyoto, Japan just before the onset of a turning point in Japanese history. Richman takes us inside the…

Tile Works Tour of the Palácio Belmonte

Palácio Belmonte “Quem nunca viu Lisboa, não viu coisa boa”  He who has not seen Lisbon has seen nothing… I meet Lisbon tour guide extraordinaire, Mary H. Goudie online while attempting to sleuth the whereabouts and gather information about a figura de convite (a tile welcoming figure invented in the eighteenth century)…

 
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