D. Allan Kerr's own stint in the U.S. Navy was highlighted by four years at sea aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Guam (LPH 9), which took part in the invasion of Grenada and two tours off the coast of Beirut. He has since been employed as a dishwasher, deckhand, road crew laborer, factory worker, and newspaperman. He spent seven years unloading lobster boats on northern New England docks, including two years on an island off the Maine coast.
He is currently employed by the U.S. Treasury Department.
Kerr graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Hampshire and earned his master's degree from the school's graduate fiction program. He resides in Kittery, Maine, with his amazing wife, Nicole, and between them they have four challenging and remarkable children spanning two decades.