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Back Before Dawn Book Cover - A gripping suspense novel by Kerry Peresta. The cover features a mysterious silhouette against a backdrop of dawn breaking over a rural landscape, evoking intrigue and anticipation.

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Kerry Peresta - Suspense Novelist and Author. A professional portrait of Kerry Peresta, featuring the author against a backdrop that reflects her passion for suspenseful storytelling and her connection to the Lowcountry.
My Story

Kerry’s publishing credits include a popular newspaper and e-zine humor column, “The Lighter Side,” (2009—2011); and her magazine articles have been published in Local Life Magazine, The Bluffton Breeze, Lady Lowcountry, and Island Events Magazine. She is the author of the Olivia Callahan Suspense series, and recently released The Torching, book three, by Level Best Books. Books four and five in this series are under contract and due to release in 2024 and 2025. Her most current release, a new standalone suspense novel, Back Before Dawn, released in the summer of 2023, by Level Best Books. She is past chapter president of the Maryland Writers’ Association and a current member and presenter of Hilton Head Island Writers’ Network, South Carolina Writers Association, Pat Conroy Literary Center, International Thriller Writers, and the Sisters in Crime organization.


After retiring from a career in advertising where she wore several hats, including copywriter, account manager, and creative director;  she and her husband  landed for good in Hilton Head Island, SC in 2015.  Kerry is the mother of four adult children. She and husband, Jim, enjoy kayaking, beach time, bicycling, road trips, and the scenic vistas of the Lowcountry.

Kerry Peresta with husband Jim - Author Kerry Peresta smiling alongside her husband Jim. The couple enjoys kayaking, beach time, and exploring the scenic vistas of the Lowcountry together.
Kerry Peresta with Her Four Books - Author Kerry Peresta stands proudly with her four suspense novels: The Deadening, The Rising, The Torching, and Back Before Dawn.
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My Books

The Deadening

The Rising

The Torching

Back Before Dawn


Back Before Dawn is a fabulous read with relatable, fascinating characters and a plot that zigzags between the struggles of a single mother with an online dating addiction and a diabolical murder that lands on her doorstep. This book will have you turning pages until its very satisfying conclusion! PERESTA’S BEST BOOK YET! –

Susan Crawford, NYT best-selling author, The Pocket Wife and The Other Widow.

Upcoming Author Events - A dynamic background image showcasing a bustling book signing event with Kerry Peresta. Join us for an exciting lineup of upcoming author events featuring readings, signings, and engaging discussions.
Upcoming Author Events
  • Saturday January 6, 2024 | 3pm - 4:30pm | Bluffton Library, Bluffton, SC

    • Local Authors Q&A - A variety of local authors discuss process A.

  • Tuesday March 12, 2024 | 2pm - 4pm | HHP Women's Club, Hilton Head Island, SC

    • Large local women's group author presentation.

    • Discussion titled "The Secret Life of Authors."

    • Q&A afterward.

  • Sunday March 24, 2024 | 1pm - 4pm | Lafayette Square, Savannah GA

    • Local Authors Day

    • Savannah's most iconic local author event

  • Saturday June 29, 2024 | 1pm - 4pm | B&N Little Rock, AR - 11500 Financial Ctr Parkway

    • Author Interview and Signing

  • Saturday July 27, 2024 | 1pm - 3:30pm | B&N Hilton Head Island, William Hilton Parkway

    • Author Signing

  • September 26-29, 2024 | Sleuthfest Conference sponsored by Florida Sisters in Crime
    Hilton Bayfront Hotel, St. Petersburg, FL

    • Panel Presenter

  • Saturday, November 9 | 1-3pm | Bluffton Library, Bluffton, SC

    • Author Presentation, "Countdown to Top Ten Author Secrets."

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