Storm Literary Agency

Boutique literary agency representing quality children's literature from exceptional authors and illustrators

First, there 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. The children loved the pirate stories; they also loved the cats. They wanted more stories with pirates and cats. They also wanted an adventure! And the stories gave them so many adventures! And that is that: Storm Literary Agency came about because it needed to. The children requested it. And so did the 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.

Christine Smorek Laforet

 

Chris Laforet’s first taste of creative writing was in the fifth grade. She picked a story starter card from the plastic box the teacher kept on the windowsill and stayed up hours past her bedtime putting the ideas that swam through her head down on paper. She loved placing familiar characters in unfamiliar scenes and adding plot twists with a touch of humor.

Chris always remembered her teacher’s comments: Great idea! How creative! You’ll be a writer one day! Those simple words meant the world to her, and, as a teacher, she hoped to encourage her own students and make a difference in their lives.

Growing up, Chris’s favorite books were Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel and George and Martha by James Marshall. She fell in love with a new generation of characters while reading with her children, flooding her brain with her own story ideas.

After years of studying the craft and too many rewrites to count, Chris is thrilled to work with Storm Literary Agency.

Chris’s classroom experience and children provide inspiration for her stories which often involve friendship. If one of her characters helps a young reader solve a problem, it will be her dream come true.

Chris holds a Master of Arts in Education and taught elementary and middle school students for ten years in the Cleveland area before raising a family. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and enjoys being involved in critique groups. She lives with her husband, three children, and two dogs in Avon, Ohio.