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Though Kerry was born in northwestern Ohio to a farmer and a schoolteacher, he was never meant for a farm. Or anywhere near hay, shelled corn, ragweed or any number of things that threatened to constrict his airways.

Because of this, he spent much of his childhood summer months indoors, where he developed a love of reading, technology, outer space and later, writing. (His mother still discovers fragments of lost stories.)

Kerry attended a rural high school that specialized in none of the above subjects, nor even had a class dedicated to them. The solitary computer class was just a half year long and illustrated how a punch card worked, without ever having to actually feed one into a machine.

Thankfully, there was a college near where Kerry lived that did have classes in things like literature, astronomy and computer science. Consequently, college was a better experience than high school. Tougher, but better. Aside from working one—and sometimes two—part-time jobs, Kerry applied himself to his studies. (Perhaps because he was paying for them?) He graduated with honors, earning a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a minor in Science.

Only two days after graduation, Kerry started work for a small software company called Fox Software. It was the late eighties, an unparalleled time in the computer industry. An exciting time, a crazy time. Fox produced a niche database product called FoxBASE+—a work-alike "clone" of another highly popular database named dBase.

A few months after Kerry started, Fox was sued by Ashton Tate (dBase's owner) for infringement of their copyrights. The lawsuit was groundbreaking, not only because it alleged infringement of dBase's "look and feel" but also the development language inherent to the product. (The first time anyone had claimed ownership of a language.)

What happened next was a roller-coaster ride, partially because of the hurdles Fox was trying to jump—shipping products while combating litigation—but also because of the diverse personalities involved. At the end of nearly four years, the lawsuit was resolved in Fox's favor. It, along with Fox's product FoxPro, brought the company much attention. Ultimately, Fox was sold to Microsoft. And, in some respects, so was Kerry...

Kerry moved two thousand miles from Ohio to Washington State, alone, aside from workmates and a dog named Cassi.

For the next seven years he coded away at Microsoft. Much of it was productive time—a good time. The first four years he worked on FoxPro (bringing his tenure on that product to eight) and grew in both responsibility and knowledge. Unfortunately, he grew exceedingly restless with computer programming. Longed for a new direction...

Thinking a different product might help (and amidst rumors that FoxPro was soon to be canceled) Kerry changed groups at Microsoft. All that did was make Kerry the newbie in another group, and frankly, it wasn't much fun. So, Kerry tried another group at Microsoft. That was more fun, but still something was missing...

In the late nineties while on a plane trip from Ohio to Washington, Kerry happened to sit beside an elderly (and proudly published) author. When Kerry mentioned that he always wanted to write, the man said "Well, start early. You might get published before you die."

Those words stuck, and barely a year later Kerry left Microsoft to start a career in writing. It took four years, but in 2003, Kerry's memoir of his life at Fox Software—FoxTales—was published.

FoxTales was readily embraced by the active community of FoxPro users. It received many positive reviews on Amazon, via private emails sent to the author, and on reader's personal blogs and forums.

Meanwhile, Kerry continued to write, query publishers and send manuscripts for review. He got lots of rejections—common for even the best of writers, as the number of novels published every year is roughly one forth that of non-fiction books like FoxTales. Then in 2008, Kerry sent the right book to the right place...

Kerry's first novel was published in 2009—a speculative story destined to break new ground in our perception of the future. Entitled A Star Curiously Singing it was the first of the DarkTrench series and was followed by two sequels,The Superlative Stream and Freeheads. Kerry's latest novel, Amish Zombies from Space, is now available.

Kerry again resides in Ohio with his wife and three children.

 

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