About Lori Keesey
About Lori Keesey: Her Writing Inspiration
Lori Keesey discovered her passion for writing at age six, when she wrote and illustrated a very short story about three puppies lost in a hatbox. Her first-grade teacher loved it and encouraged her to continue writing. That’s how important teachers are!
Many years later, the study of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird in high school rekindled her interest. So captivated by Harper’s young protagonist, Scout, Lori wanted to create characters just as engaging as this spunky little girl. Lori read hundreds, if not thousands, of novels before she realized her goal. Her publisher, Mascot Books, hopes to release her debut novel in late 2023.
In addition to launching her blog, The Accidental Blogger, Lori has authored two short stories, “Robert’s Prayer” and “The Note.” Both stories are free to those who follow her. She has also become a guest commentator on the nationally syndicated Price of Business. The show is in radio markets coast to coast and on virtually every major streaming podcast platform.
About Lori Keesey: Her Professional Experience
Lori Keesey considers herself one of the lucky ones. Recently retired, Lori enjoyed a 40-plus-year career as a writer and now has time to pursue her childhood dream of writing fictional characters who make a difference.
She’s written for daily newspapers and trade publications and her freelance work has appeared in regional and trade magazines, specifically those specializing in space exploration. Yes, Lori was a space junkie, and worked for NASA in public outreach for nearly 20 years.
She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a B.S. in journalism. There she met Kevin Berry, whom she married in 1980. She is the mother of three boys and one dog.
A devout porch sitter, nothing makes her happier than looking at her view of the Chilhowee Mountains and Smoky Mountain National Park.
Born in Washington, D.C., Lori now calls Walland, Tennessee, home.