Kerri Maher Author

About Kerri Maher

Hi! So great to meet you here. If you’ve followed me from my old site, thank you. If you’ve just found my page, welcome.  My debut novel, The Kennedy Debutante, will be out with Berkley on October 2, 2018! I am just over the moon and so, so grateful to my fabulous agent Margaret O’Connor of Innisfree Literary for making my novel dreams come true.  I am also the author of This Is Not A Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World (Writer’s Digest Books), and the Founder of YARN, both under the name Kerri Majors.

If you’re into social media, I’m most active on Instagram, as kerrimaherwriter. Please follow me there, and on Facebook. I’ll post about my life, books, and the things that interest me–like the writing life, strong women coming into their own, and chocolate.

And in case you’ve been following me here from the beginning, The Kennedy Debutante is not a YA novel, but Kick is 18 when the novel begins, and I’m certain that YA devotees will really appreciate her story of love and loss, and her quest for independence.

To use the sage word of one of my writing heroes Elizabeth Gilbert, Onward.

Here’s a bit more information about me, but really—if you want to know more, the best place to look is my book, This is Not a Writing Manual, since it’s a memoir of my writing life, starting in middle school. There are loads of stories in there about me and writing, like how much I learned from eavesdropping and watching soap operas, how I was inspired by SARK and Dead Poets Society, and how I used to hate my writer friends who were more successful that I was (don’t worry, I learned to get over that—and myself). Of course I tell you how I came to get published, and start YARN, my award-winning YA literary journal.

So I won’t bore you with all of that here.

What I will tell you here is that, I live in Massachusetts just west of Boston but I’ll always identify myself as a California girl because my parents are native Californians and live there still, and I spent the formative years of sixth grade through college in the state.  But the truth is, I’ve actually lived more of my life on the East Coast, which is still partly my parents’ fault for living the first eight years of my life in Dover, MA. I also lived for six years in Brooklyn, NY, where I ate really well, and cheaply, and shopped at awesome thrift shops (sigh; I still miss it sometimes). During those New York years, I also got my MFA at Columbia, and my first teaching gig as a grad student instructor in the Undergraduate Writing Program there.  I taught writing for eight years, starting as a grad student, then as a lecturer at Fairleigh Dickinson University in NJ, before moving to MA and having a baby and changing my life yet again.

These days, I write full time and hang with my daughter Elena.  Together, we love taking advantage of everything the Boston area has to offer–trips to the Museum of Fine Arts, apple picking, traipsing around the Boston Common, and soaking up the history in Concord and Sturbridge Village.  I also love to cook and eat, so you’ll likely see a sprinkling of delicious dishes in my Instagram feed!

I look forward to getting to know you better at live events and on social media.  Thanks again for stopping by.

–Kerri