First, methods of teaching children writing mysteries was a teacher who loved books almost as much as she loved little children. Then, there was an artist who loved pirates, almost as much as he loved cats. As it turns out, that artist could also write, and that teacher loved the pirate stories he wrote.
And she shared those stories with the children she taught. They wanted more stories with pirates and cats. Storm Literary Agency welcomes submissions from unique and talented authors and illustrators, those who are not afraid to embrace their capacity to teach, to entertain, to engage and to honor young people who, hopefully, will be changed by the work represented here. Gloria Mwaniga Minage Odary grew up in a blue house full of books, music, siblings and stories. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Nairobi, she set out to teach and thus hang out with her favourite crowd in the world, children and teenagers. Gloria splits her time among three towns, Kabarnet where she teaches Geography and Business Studies, Kakamega, her muse town and the place where she gets to listen to family stories and Nairobi where she visits so as to keep tabs with her literary friends and the publishing community. She writes regularly for the Arts and Culture pages of two of Kenya’s leading newspapers, The Saturday Nation and The East African.
Gloria has also published two children’s books with Moran Publishers East Africa. She enjoys reading a wide range of books among them creative non-fiction, children’s literature, contemporary fiction, classics, biographies, Young Adult Fiction and Short Stories. Her favourite writers include Okwiri Oduor, Euphrase Kezilahabi, Wole Soyinka, Toni Morrison, Chimamanda Adichie, Marjorie Holmes, Katherine Mansfield, Sandra Cisneros, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce and Truman Capote. When not writing, reading or teaching, Gloria loves traveling to the East African Coast of the Indian Ocean and to far off new places where she can learn new cultures and eat strange foods. She hopes to one day grow a flower garden with Tiger Lilies and orange Nandi Flames and pink Bougainvillea bushes. Melanie lives on the shores of the beautiful Lyttelton harbour and fits writing in around two energetic kids, a handful of chickens, a growing brood of guinea pigs, and a backpack that’s always ready to head to the mountains.
Her books, The Witch Catcher and Mud Boy, have both been shortlisted for the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award and she has had short stories and flash fiction published and anthologised internationally. Originally from Wales, Melanie studied Biology and Environmental Change at university. She worked for the BBC Natural History Unit and BBCi as a researcher and writer before moving to the other side of the world in 2002. Melanie loves nothing more than hiking with her family, some of her favourite trails include the John Muir Trail, the GR20 and the St James Walkway. Melanie enjoys reading across a wide range of genres including contemporary fiction, creative non-fiction, and children’s books, she is inspired by writers such as Kate Atkinson, Margaret Atwood, Eleanor Catton, Marcus Zusak, Susan Cooper, Cornelia Funke, and Roald Dahl. She has a long-standing interest in environmental and wilderness writing and often likes to put her characters in wild places. Melanie also loves music and plays the oboe, violin and ukulele all equally badly.
Melanie is a graduate of Hagley Writers’ Institute and a tutor at the School for Young Writers, as well as a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors and the Christchurch Story Collective. When Melanie’s not writing she’s usually planning her next adventure. You can follow Melanie on facebook. Having grown up in a creative and loving home between the city of Philadelphia and the rural beautiful New Jersey shoreline, Raven has written poetry since childhood. Atlantic Records in NYC as a songwriter, a greeting card verse writer, and a children’s poet. She writes poetry for a variety of magazines such as Highlights for Children, Ladybug, Stinkwaves, Fun for Kidz, Cricket, Spider, Hello Highlights, High Five, Babybug and Bumples. Raven’s work is included in a variety of anthologies and she has received awards for poetry from the SCBWI and Poetry Soup.
A member of SCBWI and ILA, she enjoys presenting children’s writing workshops, visiting schools and libraries. Raven lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, sweet terrier, Elsie, and their mischievous black cat, Lilac. Rebecca Mitchel loves children, books and art. In addition to raising three children, Rebecca ran her own preschool, and taught there for thirteen years.