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.

Katie Furze


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When she was at school, Katie was crazy about books. Determined to become an author one day, she spent endless hours writing, drawing and putting together her creations. But somewhere along the way she forgot about her childhood ambition. She became busy doing other things like studying, working, traveling, and raising a family. 

It wasn’t until decades later, when reading to her three youngsters, Katie realised she loved children’s books even more than she loved adult’s books. And then she remembered she’d always wanted to write them ... so she started writing and hasn’t looked back!

Katie's first picture book manuscript was shortlisted for a major award in her home country of New Zealand (The Joy Cowley Award 2011). In 2012, she received a mentorship through the New Zealand Society of Authors. Since then many of her stories have appeared in the New Zealand School Journal and The School Magazine in Australia, and she’s written picture books and plays for educational publishers. In 2015, her original fairytale Michael and the Magic Tree was published in an illustrated collection and her middle grade manuscript, The Doll’s House, was shortlisted for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award. Currently, Katie is completing a Master of Creative Writing at Auckland University of Technology.

When she’s not writing or reading Katie likes spending time with her family, running (slowly), tramping, pottering around in her garden, and cooking for family and friends. She also loves traveling and scuba diving – both things she hasn’t done nearly enough of in recent years.

Katie lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband and her three school age children.