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.

Gloria Mwaniga Minage Odary

 

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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 favorite 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. Her first short story Boyi was shortlisted for the 2016 International Writivism Short Story Competition and subsequently published by the South African publishing house Black Letter Media in the Anthology titled Sundown. She has also been published in the Johannesburg Review of Books. Gloria, who is a 2017 Ebedi Residency Fellow, had her creative non-fiction book proposal shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship.

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 favorite 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.