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Jerry Graffam was born and raised on the rugged coast of Maine and began sailing with his family at an early age. After spending his teenage years living in London, England, Jerry returned to the U.S. and enrolled at Babson College where he studied business menagement. Three semesters and numerous short stories later, Jerry decided that financial accounting was far too monotonous for his tastes and he transferred to the University of Maine to study English.
After graduating from the University of Southern Maine in 2003 with a degree in English Literature, Jerry decided to forgo the life of corporate America and concentrate his time learning the craft of the novel. Fortunate to study with the likes of Dennis Lehane and Tom Perotta at the Stone Coast Writer's Conference for two straight summers, Jerry completed his first novel, The Lighthouse Society.
Jerry lives in greater Portland, Maine, with his wife and their 13-year-old cat, Fatty. Jerry spends his weeks working in risk management for a disability insurance carrier and spends most non-working days skiing or sailing.