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.

 Twitter:  @GretchenDeahl   •  Website:

Twitter: @GretchenDeahl  •  Website:

Gretchen's parents lit the fire of her imagination when they read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, to her and her twin sister at the impressionable age of six. Of course, she initially imagined Bilbo Baggins as an overgrown rabbit in clothes, but that must have been because of his large furry feet. 

Books became her creative outlet. All kinds of books -- especially her father's collection of slim white American Heritage volumes. Many happy days were spent sitting on the floor surrounded by piles of them, scanning their pages for fascinating images and making up stories in her head. 

Gretchen loved to draw and fortunately, her parents encouraged her. Her dad, in particular, stoked this combined love of reading and drawing. When she was sick with the mumps, he brought her The Little Brute Family by Russell and Lillian Hoban, for consolation. Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are followed. By then there was no turning back.

Eventually, all this lead to a BFA with honors, the Illustration Department Faculty Award from the Philadelphia College of Art and The Starr Foundation Award from The Society of Illustrators Annual Student Competition in 1982. Upon graduating, she worked as a graphic designer and illustrator at various advertising agencies, in-house creative departments and finally, as the Creative Director of a web design & hosting company that she ran, along with her husband, for ten years.

Later, Gretchen created a world of monsters, including baby monsters, secretive monsters and an entire alphabet of Guardian Monsters. She also illustrated several picture books about the adventures of a clever little bird living on the African plains, and another about a little girl heading into the Amazon rain forest for a picnic with her two companions - her favorite ragdoll and grumpy purple tapir.

Gretchen is both honored and excited to continue her creative journey into new realms of the imagination, with the Storm Literacy Agency. 

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