Meet The Author
Michael G. Frino

    Michael Gabriel Frino was born in Forked River, New Jersey and grew up in Naples, Florida. Michael graduated with B.S. in Business and Marketing from Florida Southern College in 1999 and has worked for three Fortune 1000 sales companies over the last 11 years. He completed his MBA with a Specialization in Leadership, through Nova Southeastern University in 2005; he then went on to Barry University and completed his Ph.D in Educational Leadership and specialized in Human Resource Development. 

    Michael is married to a very special lady Lori and has two beautiful daughters, Gabriella and Gianna. Michael has always had a creative side and throughout High School and College, he always dabbled in story and poetry writing.  Whatever the occasion, everyone went to Michael to either write a farewell poem or congratulatory verse for an event coming up.  It wasn’t until he began reading endless books to his daughters that he realized his time had come to sit down and put his creative side to work.  

    Waycool School was an idea that came about after creating the character Jackson Myside. Everyone needs someone to be on their side and Jackson Myside was the perfect character to take you on adventures and fill you in on some everyday happenings while always being, on your side.  Hence the name “Jacks on my side.”  Michael is also our wonderful son and we are proud to have this honor of writing this author page. Good luck with Jackson Myside and the Waycool School Series. As a teacher for 37 years I KNOW teachers will love reading this book to their class and following Jackson’s adventures.

Mom and Dad

Meet The Illustrator

James Hungaski

    James Hungaski Jr., was born in Norwalk, CT. He currently resides in Anoka, MN. James has loved cartoon art since a young age. He graduated from Franklin Pierce College with a degree in graphic design and spent fifteeen years working as a graphic artist in New York City and Los Angeles. His passion has always been for humorous illustration. In 2000, he moved to the Twin Cities in order to pursue his lifelong dream. Since then, his illustrations have been featured in numerous publications, on clothing and novelty items and in a variety of advertising campaigns. His award winning illustrations for Nationwide Insurance’s “Life Comes at you Fast” ad campaign have been published in TIME, People, Men’s Health and Golf Digest magazines. Waycool School is his first venture into children’s book illustration. James recently became a father and loves spending time with his little buddy, Lucas, his wife, Kelly and his shoe eating dog, Maxx.

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