Kerri Bennett Williamson was born and raised east of the Canadian Rockies and has spent the latter half of her life west of the American Rockies. U.S. and U.K. descent, with a little European lineage as well, she’s fervently in touch with whatever personal ancestry and country that any current research, novel in the works, or mood strikes.
Her heart belongs to North America, especially from the Western Prairies to the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, and to a simpler old-fashioned life out in the country, away from the hustle bustle of cities. With horses, dogs, cats, little lambs and all. She’s long been inclined to wish she was born a couple hundred years ago when horse power meant something else.
Kerri’s childhood included a rich creative playground on especially her grandparents’ and cousins’ ranch and farm. She grew up active: hiking, camping, running, swimming, skiing, and horseback-riding in Alberta. She vacationed from Canada’s Jasper, Banff and Waterton National Parks to Montana’s Glacier National Park, as well as taking trips into British Columbia, Idaho, Utah and Washington States.
Beginning in her teens, Kerri worked as a freelance artist in various mediums, and continued honing her varied styles on both commercial and commissioned works until, as a wife and mother, she became so busy nurturing and teaching her young children that she began to put away her pencils, pens and paints in exchange for intermittent literary experiments and employment in the writing field. Always an artist and then an author of several non-fiction books, Kerri took another artistic and literary turn by settling into writing fiction.
Deeply connected to her British, European, pioneer, early and Native American ancestors, and greatly inspired by favorite classic English literature, she found her personalized feminine genre niche in the romantic historical-setting realm. Kerri has numerous novels to her credit and is most always intermittently working on the next, with an abundance of story outlines in the works.
Long immersed in eighteen hundreds literature, her old soul craves reading and writing novels from that century. Romantically inclined but not exactly inclined towards modern romance formula, her stories offer less of conventional romance than relationship and human-nature threads. Her novels are women-centric, while featuring men and children in the mix. Families, follies and the fun that happens when people get together, and especially when ladies and gentlemen tangle.
Beyond life experience itself, Kerri’s novels are generally inspired by Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Elizabeth Gaskell as well as Charles Dickens. Other fictional works that inspire her are such as Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Little House on the Prairie and Larkrise to Candleford. She aspires to emulate what she loves to read. She writes what she loves.
Wife, mother and grandmother, Kerri resides with her husband and family in a creative sanctuary amid the American Rocky Mountains. Though still an occasional painter of canvasses, Kerri has found that painting with words seems her more favored art medium.