Sean Kerr is a graduate of the Professional Writing diploma program at Algonquin College (Ottawa, 2009). He has a keen eye for grammar, and in his geekiest of moments, he enjoys discussions about commas, semi-colons, subordinate and independent clauses and the like.
Following graduation from college, Sean worked for the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples for close to six years, working to advance the rights and interests of off-reserve Indigenous Peoples living throughout Canada. At the organization, he held a number of roles and portfolios which included Communications Coordinator (2009-2011), Assistant Project/Communications Coordinator (2011-12), Project Coordinator (2012-15) and IT/Help Desk Coordinator (2009-2015).
Sean found his love of writing at the age of 10 when he released his first miniseries via Duo-Tang folder to his family and friends. He has been writing creatively ever since.
Sean is enthusiastic, imaginative and easily excitable.
In June 2015, Sean and his husband, Glen, embarked on a journey to discover what life would be like as Gentlemen Farmers with the goal of becoming self-sufficient. They live in Bristol, Quebec, Canada, with their dogs, Suzie, Maxwell and Walker; their goats, Tyrion and Arya; their llamas, Shadow and Angie; and a small flock of chickens.
One of the major motivators for moving to the farm was Sean’s dream to write his first novel, currently with the working title Life at the Death House. In November 2017, he signed his debut novel with NineStar Press. The novel is scheduled to be released in August 2018. He is working on draft one of a second novel and has outlined an additional four.
Sean grew up as the middle child in a military family, offering him the opportunity to live in various areas throughout Canada, most notably the Ottawa Valley and rural Saskatchewan. He and his husband are ever-curious to experience the world and, before they made the decision to become Gentlemen Farmers, they traveled often. Domestically, he has traveled all over Canada and to many States around the US. He has traveled to Cuba a number of times. He has also visited Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Ireland, Thailand, Cambodia, England and Scotland. One day, he hopes to continue his travels around the world with his husband Glen to find new ideas and inspirations.
Sean writes a wide range of genres with a particular focus and interest in literary and upmarket fiction. He specifically enjoys writing stories that deal with how people react to hardships, exploring how they come through it for better or for worse. Common themes include addiction, mental health, sexuality, grief and hope.
His favourite stories are about people experiencing and surviving life. He likes when characters evolve whether for the better or worse. It’s the experiences and choices that change people that intrigue him the most.
In December 2016, Sean launched the Pontiac & Ottawa Valley Writers Circle (POVWC) under the umbrella of the Pontiac Artists Association (PAA). In November 2017, he became a member of the Board of Directors of the PAA and continues to coordinate the efforts of the POVWC.