About Jorrel

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Yes, my name is Jorrel. Yes, I am Superman’s dad…just Google it. Next question?

Okay, no, I’m not really Superman’s dad, but I am a school psychologist and the author of my debut chapter book, Gus & Major: Obedience School. I was born and raised in Tampa, FL and live with my wife and two children. 

Growing up, if I wasn’t playing sports or video games, you would probably find me running around my house wearing a homemade cape, pretending I was Batman. I eventually grew out of it when I got married…just kidding. 

In elementary school, narrative writing was my jam! I loved writing funny stories and entertaining my classmates. The school nurse actually had to be on standby with inhalers after my stories were read. This is probably where my love for storytelling began. Then, there was that awful time we were introduced to the five-paragraph essay, a.k.a. the creativity killer, but I don’t want to talk about that.

During my senior year of high school, I applied for a summer job at Dairy Queen. After not getting a call back for an interview (which I’m still bitter about), a family friend recommended that I work in a local after-school program. It was there that I could, once again, use my creativity to tell stories. Usually, I’d start a story with a few kids, and before long, I’d hear off in the distance, “Mr. Jorrel’s telling a story!” Very quickly, my small group turned into a much larger group of eager listeners. And no-filter critics. After years of training with the coldest, plot assassins, my skills sharpened, ready to be employed at an opportune time. 

As the 2019-2020 school year came to a close, parents were trying to figure out what to do with their kids since summer camps were closed. It seemed like the right time to write the next great American novel. Originally, I thought of creating a storytelling podcast while writing a book simultaneously, but my pregnant wife laughed as she passed off our toddler who needed a diaper change. Okay… that’s not quite how it went down. But a simple picture book seemed most feasible. I wrote it but had much more I wanted to add. So, a picture book didn’t make sense, especially since I tend to be like a long-winded preacher when telling stories. That’s when I decided to write a chapter book, and the rest is history. 

Fun fact: I started rapping in 2010 and quickly became one of the most unknown rappers in the world!