I am from Toledo, Ohio.
After graduating from Whitmer High School in the Washington Local School district, I attended Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Southfield, Michigan. While completing that education, I started working as a producer for a News/Talk Radio station. After tumbling around a few local television and radio stations, I decided it was time to explore.
To do so, I started working as a flight attendant. Insert joke here. But the travel discounts and flight benefits made so much available to me, I can’t express my gratitude and love of the job enough. I have lived in Toledo, various spots in Michigan and also spent three years in Maui, Hawaii. Those years in Hawaii would not have been possible without my position at the airline.
In 2012, I was approached by Joe Kelley. His 11-year-old young nephew was being bullied in school. Joe knew that I had a passion for writing… so we began batting about ideas about writing a book for children. Eventually, we decided on Pete the Popcorn. His name was Pete for a reason…
Joe and I believe we need to teach children to encourage each other every single day! So P.E.T.E. actually stands for Pursuing Excellence Through Encouragement! It’s our goal and dream to teach kids how to be nice to each other, accept each other and encourage each other.
Since the release of Pete the Popcorn, we’ve read our stories to over 100,000 schoolchildren in 25 states. At these visits, we are constantly approached by teachers, parents and children about ideas for future books. We’ve expounded on those ideas, thrown in some more of our own… and have released more titles including Casey and Callie Cupcake, Crusty Cupcake’s Happy Birthday, Gilbert the Grasshopper and Murdick’s Mackinaw Mystery. Pete the Popcorn has three books in the series currently– with a few more on the way. We even have our first chapter book, The Trashy Hootenanny.
Please visit our website, www.PeteThePopcorn.com to purchase our books today. Your support is appreciated. The difference you make in a child’s life through the gift of reading is unexplainable.
And please keep reading here for details about the constantly evolving life of Nick Rokicki and Joe Kelley.