First-time author Johnny Storm is from Northville, Michigan. He is the second oldest of five and comes from a sports-oriented family where he learned teamwork. The determination to succeed was the foundation of everyday life.
He graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1991 with a degree in Business Administration. He married an Upper Peninsula gal several years later. They have three grown children and currently reside in Howell, Michigan, in the Hartland school district. Johnny has been in the insurance industry for more than three decades but is still a child at heart. His wife always says she doesn’t know if she was raising three children or four. Running around the house playing tag, wrestling with the boys, playing games of all kinds, distracted at times, and running from one activity to the next without a care in the world. That’s Johnny, she says. He can make people laugh to get them out of their comfort zone, likes making faces to get children to smile.
Always on the go, Johnny loves to write rhyming stories, draw, and listen to piano music to relax. His children’s picture book, Upper Peninsula Fun in the Sun: Hooray for Camp Days, is about all the fun activities his family did as children and as adults at the family’s summer home called the “Camp.” The Camp is on the Keweenaw waterway (Portage River Canal) on the Keweenaw Peninsula, which is the northernmost part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Johnny spent hours on the water and on land exploring the Keweenaw Peninsula.
The book's illustrations by Larry Ruppert bring the words to life. Many children and adults will recognize the landmarks in the story. We hope you enjoy this story about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula fun in the sun.