About Kerry Peresta

Me and my granddaughter, Violet, Thanksgiving, 2021
My writing buddies, Agnes & Felix

I left the world of advertising and embarked on an adventure with my husband in 2008. In the space of seven years we moved from Little Rock, AR to Pierre, SD, Baltimore, MD, and landed for good in Hilton Head Island, SC. Ocean, palm trees, southern hospitality and the beauty of the Lowcountry…it is truly paradise and we are blessed to live here! We enjoy kayaking, beach time, long walks through the palm trees. I love to have a glass of good wine and watch the shorebirds and deer around the Lowcountry marsh in our backyard.

My publishing credits include the Olivia Callahan Suspense series, starting with, The Deadening, in 2021, book two, The Rising, released in Spring of 2022 and book three, The Torching, released April, 2023. Books four and five release in ’24 and ’25. See more info about my books on the ‘Books’ page. My new suspense standalone, Back Before Dawn, releases May, 2023. My early writing credits include the Capital Journal, Pierre, SD, as a regular weekly humor columnist; The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan Publishing Group, Yankton, SD and various regional weeklies and dailies under this group as a guest columnist; NAABW (National Association of Boomer Women), an online magazine, as guest columnist; Empty Nesting Online as a guest columnist; CCMWA (Carroll County Maryland Writer’s Association), short story contributor for anthology, Rock, Roll, & Ruin, Tri-State Sisters in Crime Anthology, and available on Amazon; various articles in “The Bluffton Breeze” and “Island Events” magazines, 2017, where I worked as an editor and proofreader; contributor to “Lady Lowcountry Magazine, and “Local Life Magazine.”

I am a past chapter president of Maryland Writer’s Association, and a frequent attendee of writers’ conferences and workshops. I enjoy author talks for the Pat Conroy Literary Center, and am a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, South Carolina Writers Association, and Island Writers Network.

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