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About Kerry Peresta

Kerry was raised in an Air Force family and lived in Germany, Japan, New York, Nebraska, and Little Rock, Arkansas, where her family retired from the military. Since then, she raised four wonderful kids in Arkansas, remarried and moved to South Dakota, Colorado, Maryland, and finally, Hilton Head Island, SC. Whew! That's a lot of geography! She worked for 30 years in advertising and marketing, and started writing full-time in 2009.  She enjoys kayaking, reading, hiking, bicycle riding, a good red wine, vintage jazz, and getting together with friends and family. Kerry and her husband, Jim, have lived in Hilton Head since 2015 and Kerry's grown kids and grandkids visit often. Writing is a full-time job, and she is typically at her desk by 9:30 and writes for three-four hours. Her goal is 1500-2000 words a day. The rest of the time is spent marketing her books, scheduling appearances and signing events, and enjoying life in the Lowcountry. 

Kerry’s publishing credits include a popular newspaper and e-zine humor column, “The Lighter Side,” (2009—2011); and her debut novel, The Hunting, women’s fiction/suspense, Pen-L Publishing, 2013. 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. Her new standalone suspense novel, Back Before Dawn, released May, 2023. She spent twenty-five years in advertising as an account manager, creative director, editor, and copywriter. 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. Kerry is the mother of four adult children, and Gigi to a flock of grandkids. She and her husband moved to Hilton Head Island in 2015. For more information, go to

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