Devon Pearse was born and raised in St. Augustine, Florida. As a child, she was surrounded by classic literary works and grew to love and cherish them as dear old friends. It was only natural that she would dream of one day being an author and joining the ranks of the creators of these other worlds, unforgettable characters and thought provoking prose. Also an accomplished poet, Devon honed her skills while reading the poetry of Thoreau, Whitman, Longfellow, Byron, Shelley, Frost, Poe, and many others. She credits her family with instilling that love of the written word deep within her soul. Devon's writing has been described as "Deeply moving and exquisitely lyrical" and she strives to draw her readers into her often heartbreaking and emotionally charged world. A Lighter Shade of Gray, her debut novel, is set in her hometown of St. Augustine. Her honest and compelling writing draws from events that not only altered Devon’s own life, but the lives of those closest to her, including the tragic death of a childhood friend. see more