Sherry Knowlton, award-winning author of the Alexa Williams suspense novels, Dead of Autumn, Dead of Summer, Dead of Spring and Dead of Winter, developed a lifelong passion for books as a child. She was that kid who would sneak a flashlight to bed at night so she could read beneath the covers. All the local librarians knew her by name.
She spent much of her early career in state government, working primarily with social and human services programs, including services for abused children, rape crisis, domestic violence, and family planning. In the 1990s, she served as the Deputy Secretary for Medical Assistance in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The latter part of Sherry’s career focused on the field of Medicaid managed care.
Now retired from executive positions in the health insurance industry, Sherry runs her own health care consulting business. She is also “rewriting retirement” by turning her passion for writing into a new career. She draws on her professional background and global travel experiences as inspiration for her novels. She also uses her writing as a platform to shed light on social issues affecting our world today.
Sherry and her husband, Mike, began their journey together in the days of peace and music when they traversed the country in a hippie van. Running out of money several months into the trip, Sherry waitressed the night shift at a cowboy hangout in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Mike washed dishes in a bakery. Undeterred, they embraced the travel experience and continue to explore far-flung places around the globe.
Sherry lives in the mountains of South Central Pennsylvania, where the Alexa Williams suspense series is set. She has a B.A. in English and psychology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.
Sherry and her Alexa Williams suspense series have been featured on Good Day PA, WITF (PBS) Smart Talk, The Big Thrill, among other notable media outlets. In November 2016, The New York Times featured Sherry’s story about how her dream to become a Senate page was shattered because she was a female. Read the article here.