Michael John Sullivan is the creator of the SockKids. Constantly searching for his socks, he wondered whether the missing foot comforters had found another pair of feet to warm. So he searched and searched, until he discovered these elusive socks likely time traveled.
Before his interest in socks, Michael started writing his first novel while homeless, riding a NYC subway train at night. After being rescued off the train, he spent much of the past two decades helping raise two daughters while working at home in New York.
Michael eventually returned to his subway notes in 2007 and began writing Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness (Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books imprint). Library Journal named Necessary Heartbreak one of the year’s best in Christian fiction for 2010.
His second novel, Everybody’s Daughter (Fiction Studio Books, 2012) was named one of the best books of 2012 by TheExaminer.com. He completed the trilogy by having The Greatest Gift published by The Story Plant in 2015.
Michael has written articles about the plight of homelessness for CNN.com, The Washington Post.com, Beliefnet.com, the Huffington Post, and America Online’s Patch.com service. He is a former board member of the Long Island Coalition For the Homeless.
Howard Leib is an intellectual property and entertainment attorney and consultant with his own practice in both New York City and Ithaca, NY. Leib acts as attorney for many companies and individuals in the entertainment industry and as a consultant for individuals and companies seeking an understanding of the children’s entertainment market and where it is going.
As an entertainment lawyer and consultant, Leib has built a specialty for himself in the field of children’s entertainment. Over a decade ago, while at one of our country’s top entertainment law firms, Leib became involved in the children’s entertainment industry. He has represented such acts as Raffi, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Lightyear Entertainment (producers of the award-winning “Stories to Remember” series), Kid Rhino, and Bob McGrath of “Sesame Street.”
Howard represents the SockKids as an agent and consultant.
Michael Maurer is a professional Film & TV writer/story editor/developer specializing in kids and family entertainment for both animation and live action.
In FILM: Michael has been commissioned to write or has optioned 10 feature films. His most recent projects include an animated feature for Toonz Animation, based on the classic “Speed Racer” franchise, and a live-action feature that Michael is currently writing for Rizvi Films.
In TV: Michael has written over 300 animation and live-action scripts, story edited series and developed series bibles for companies such as Disney, Universal, Warner Brothers, and a dozen international companies. His most recent projects include scripts for The Hub series “Secret Millionaires Club”, the Disney XD series “Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures”, and “Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab”, soon to air on Netflix.
Michael is one of the lead writers for The SockKids.
Susan Petrone lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband, her daughter, and two silly dogs. When she isn’t writing SockKids stories, she writes novels and short stories (her work has been published in Glimmer Train, Featherproof Books, The Cleveland Review, Muse, Conclave, and Whiskey Island) writes about her beloved Cleveland Indians at ItsPronouncedLajaway.com for ESPN.com’s SweetSpot network. Her most recently, Throw Like A Woman, was published by The Story Plant in 2015.
Shelley Larkin performs many tasks for the SockKids. She develops ideas, co-writes books, and is the marketing and promotions director. She has spent a lifetime of wondering where her missing socks go. The SockKids are grateful to finally solve this mystery for her.
She loves that children and their parents are drawn to the diversity of the SockKids family and the universal and timeless lessons they teach: don’t be afraid of new experiences; treat others as you would like to be treated, and of course, beware of the spin cycle! In addition, she is dedicated to finding the right soap for Sudsy.
Shelley is also a passionate child advocate, working with a variety of cause-driven organizations such as Destination Imagination, Up & At It!, Child Abuse Prevention Council, 3 Strands, the International Bullying Prevention Center, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters Youth Organization. Shelley has developed a keen sense of awareness of what children experience today in dealing with such important issues including bullying and recognizes the importance of putting into place the type of value-added programs that will effectively strike a nerve in preventing our youth from losing their way to a safe and productive future.
In her spare time, she is an event planner and resides in California.
Alexandra /SugarSnail dreamed of becoming an illustrator since childhood, even though she didn’t know the profession actually existed. She later graduated from college with an MFA in graphic design.
She never gave up on her dream, so she decided to do what she loved best – become a children’s illustrator. SugarSnail’s beautiful artwork can be seen in many children’s books.
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