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.