Adaeze Pharel Okoli is a senior in highschool. She currently resides in Fresno California with her mom and two cats (Haylie and Bandit). Adaeze’s passion for writing started in the fifth grade with the encouragement of her mom, her 5th grade teacher, and the after school care teacher. Her fifth grade teacher saw that she had a talent for writing and storytelling. Each Friday she would go last when it was time to share and tell the stories written by the students, and her stories were what the teacher and students always looked forward to. Adaeze started writing her now debut novel: For the Love of Peter Jones in seventh grade. While she was writing this story, she suffered the loss of many family members and decided to put her pen down for awhile. It wasn't until freshman year of high school that she picked up her pen and continued writing and finished the novel during her sophomore year. Adaeze wrote to express the pain she dealt with as a adolescent and teenager. Trust issues, anxiety and depression are problems she faced along the way. Adaeze plans to continue on her writing journey, while incorporating real life situations into the stories that she tells. She's only just begun.