Kerri’s writing features unique structures, playful language, humor, tension, tenderness, simple text, and complicated characters. She has a good vision for how text and art can work together to tell a complete story. Kerri credits most of her story ideas to her ""fly on the wall” personality. This means she’s both a keen observer of social interactions and a nosey eavesdropper.
Kerri has a degree in psychology and sociology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and completed an advanced education certificate program in Writing for Children at the University of Washington.
Kerri lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, two children, and three dogs.
Why I Became A Children's Book Author
Simple. I've always loved writing and creating and kids are my favorite type of people.
My family had a tradition of my dad reading 2-3 Shel Silverstein poems to my siblings and I at bedtime. A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends are still two of my favorite books.
I consistently love books by Antoinette Portis, Mo Willems, Oliver Jeffers, Elise Gravel, Jon Klassen, Emily Gravett, Kelly DiPucchio, and Meghan McCarthy.
First of all, I’m a big believer that nobody needs to “be” any one thing in life. There are lots of jobs people can have, and I believe people should always be learning new things and having new experiences. Also, I don’t think I could ever stop writing even if I decided not to publish my stories. But to answer the question, if I were looking for a new career, I would probably start with jobs that still involved kids or creating because that’s what I love. I might like to be a reading specialist, or a speech therapist. Sometimes I fantasize about being a window designer for little boutiques or stores Anthropolgie. I already have an etsy store, Stitch Redux, so maybe I’d put more time into developing that business. Oh, and I love observing people, and am really good at digging up information on people online, I’d probably be a fantastic private investigator. But I feel very fortunate to be a children’s book author and I hope to continue doing it for many, many more years!
I like swimming- especially in oceans and lakes, leisurely bike rides, fitness boxing, and playing cards- especially gin and poker.
Model reading for pleasure yourself and surround your kids with books that match their interest. Leave them in the car, the bathroom, the kitchen table, etc.