About Me

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Woah! Visitors!

{Hold on, let me pull my hair into a ponytail.}

Much better. Now, let’s talk!

First of all, thanks so much for stopping by! The internet is a territory teeming with distractions, and I appreciate you coming here.

My name is Kerry and I’m a child of God, wife, Mom, sister, daughter, friend, writer, reader,  animal lover, and chai tea addict.

I married the handsome blond teenager who teased me over the Whopper board at Burger King twenty-two years ago. He was really efficient making whoppers back then and he’s a structural engineer now, but I promise his bridges don’t taste like burgers. We have two beautiful boys who won’t stop growing. One even dares to tower over me now. They critique my stories free of charge and give the best hugs ever.

Stories inhabited my mind and heart from childhood on. I wrote my first best-seller in 5th grade, aptly titled Attack of the Killer Onions after the pulse-pounding 80s movie of a similar name.

Growing up in rural New England, I spent hours traipsing through the woods and creeks behind our home, inventing characters and making up stories while building forts of stick and stone. I may or may not have danced with a tree (or two).

I earned my B.S. in English Education from the University of South Florida, and taught remedial reading and Drama to 6th-8th grade before becoming a stay-at-home wife, mom, and writer. I’ve been published in Granola Bar Devotionals, Creation Illustrated, and was a regular contributor to Tampa Bay’s Overflow Magazine from 2011-2013.

At some point my love of stories burst into a heart’s desire to write my very own. I have two adult fiction manuscripts complete, but once I wrote my first middle grade story, two years ago, I was a goner. The idea for The Golden Orb came from my older bookworm son, and his input was invaluable in the writing process.

“Mom, make sure the boy rescues the girl, too. Not just the girl rescuing the boy.”

“I only want to know the main character’s thoughts and what he knows, not any other characters.”

Okay. Got it!

I *love* writing for kids because I treasure the straightforward & honest way they view the world. Their individual uniqueness and bubbly enthusiasm. They are each precious, important, and valuable.

My middle grade story, The Golden Orb, is a finalist in ACFW’s (American Christian Fiction Writers) Genesis Contest, which is pretty cool and such a huge honor. I hope to share more exciting writing and publishing news very soon!

I wish you could tell me your favorite stories, and why. Talking books is the best!

Favorite childhood stories? Ooh, *rubs hands together.* That’s easy.

  • Misty of Chincoteague
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • The Tripod Series by John Christopher
  • Where the Red Fern Grows (Summer of the Monkeys was great, too)
  • All of the Black Stallion books (basically anything Walter Farley wrote, I read.)
  • Call of the Wild & White Fang
  • Little House on the Prairie series

If you’d like to reach me, my email is candidkerry@gmail.com.

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9 thoughts on “About Me

    • Hi Holly,
      I apologize for the delayed answer. I’ve finished my first book, but I’m still editing through it. It’s never-ending. 🙂 I’ll write a synopsis then will be sending it off to agents and publishers. Nerve-wracking but the Lord is so good and He’s lead me this way.
      Thank you for asking and stopping by to comment!
      God Bless ~ Kerry

  1. I’ll definitely be checking out your blog more closely. I also write, and how it is to the glorification of God. I’ve kind of told Him that if he wants to show up in my writing that is fine, He simply put Himself there. And He has, from time to time. I just ask that He don’t make me sound preachy, because I don’t want to sound preachy.

    It’s nice to find another writer with similar writing goals.

  2. Hi Kerry: I love your site and your writing. I’m looking forward, along with Rick Christensen and others, to meeting you soon at one of our Brandon Christian Writers group meetings. Feel free to invite friends and if you have questions, my e-mail is cherylbethjohnston@mac.com. I write for Focus Magazine. Congratulations on two published books and the article in Overflow, too! I plan to purchase.

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