Kerri J. Roe

Writer of light and dark,

Sometimes beauty, and sometimes snark.

About me

Kerri J. Roe

Author Kerri J. Roe sitting on stairs in woods

Kerri J. Roe is a writer of lyrical historical fantasy and darkly humorous speculative fiction, both of which like to shapeshift as novels and short stories. Her pen has a mind of its own and often dabbles in poetry, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and, when it’s feeling especially brave, children’s stories. Always learning, Kerri is discovering how to embrace being both socially clumsy and social media awkward. She holds a BA in English and Psychology, an M.Ed. in Counselor Education, and is currently working on her MFA in creative writing. Kerri lives with her (very patient) family in Alaska, where she spends her time fangirling over books, eating chocolate, and being enticed by the magic of nature.

Kerri’s work explores human frailty; our relationship with ourselves, with others, and with nature; and the tenacious courage of hope.

Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in Feisty Felines and Other Fantastic Familiars, an anthology edited by Kevin J. Anderson and Allyson Longueira; Cirque: A Journal of the Northwest; Alaska Women Speak; and others. She is a nominee for the 2024 AWP Intro Award in Poetry and a 2024 Firecracker Fellow. 

I have been excited about writing ever since I learned how to put two sentences together in second grade. I read lots and lots of books growing up; even now, I have stacks of books I am reading by my bed, on my desk, and (unfortunately for my family’s dinnertime) taking over the kitchen table. I love how stories and poems can take you into another person’s world and make you feel what they feel, make you laugh and cry and scream and keep holding onto the belief that it will all work out, somehow, in the end.

As a writer, my goal is to use words to recognize the heartaches in life and to honor the hope and beauty in the everyday. I truly believe there is magic in the everyday. Whether humorous or dark, fantasy or literary, for children or adults, my stories and poems touch on those things that make the human experience worthwhile.

Age: Old enough to have grown kids, young enough to still love kids’ stories and YA books

Memberships/Activities: Current MFA student; Current editing intern at an independent press; Bookseller; AWP; SCBWI; Julie Hedland’s 12×12 Challenge; Active member of 2 critique groups; MGHM (Masters of Gray Hair of Motherhood)

Mom to 8, plus or minus a few.

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FAVORITE BOOKS

I am fascinated by how authors create such incredible worlds and intense emotion, and so I am constantly adding to my favorite books list. Some of my childhood favorites were:

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein; Heidi by Johanna Spyri; the Bomba the Jungle Boy books by Ray Rockwood; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor; and the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I also love fun picture books like Judy Schachner’s Skippyjon Jones, the great new book Knight Owl, and the details in Jan Brett’s books. And, of course, anything from Kate DiCamillo.

All-time fantasy favorites include Juliet Marillier’s books (especially the Sevenwaters series) and The Lost Queen by Signe Pike; the combination of fantasy, magic, and real historical information is otherworldly. Katherine Arden, Ken Liu, Fran Wilde, Holly Black, Leigh Bardugo…. All of these writers’ worldbuilding is so stunning that I actually stop and reread sentences just to burrow a little deeper into their luxurious scenes. And then there are whimsical books by T. Kingfisher, and Brandon Sanderson’s Tress of the Emerald Sea and T.J. Klune’s House in the Cerulean Sea, both of which make me laugh out loud. While I’m reading in bed. In the middle of the night. Resulting in waking up my husband. Oops!

TIDBITS FOR KIDS

Kerri will eat all kinds of chocolate but dark chocolate is her favorite.

She has driven ATVs and snowmobiles but was not very good at either.

When she was in first grade, Kerri wanted to be a ballerina. She drew a picture of herself with a pink tutu and it hung in the hallway at school.

Her favorite picture book to do voices for is “Piggie Pie” by Margie Palatini.

Kerri gets cranky when she’s hungry. Maybe you do too?

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Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light.”

– Kate dicamillo, the tale of despereaux

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