C. Allyn Pierson
Iowa physician Carey A. Bligard writes fiction under her pen name, C. Allyn Pierson, and has practiced Dermatology in Fort Dodge, Iowa, for the past twenty-three years. She grew up in Oregon and Hawaii and earned a bachelor's degree in biology at the University of Oregon. She attended medical school at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and specialized in Dermatology at Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has traveled on medical mission trips all over the world and has been the medical director and physician for 9 missions to Nicaragua in the past 6 years.
Carey is married to Dr. Eric W. Bligard, an eye surgeon and avid tennis player, and they have two sons. Their eldest is in medical school at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis working toward both MD and PhD degrees. Their younger son has severe autism and is nonverbal and lives in a group home in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The Bligards share their home with three dogs, Muzzy, a 7 year old Newfoundland of immense size, Kai, a Yorkshire Terrier of immense character, and Genghis, a Shih-tzu mix of immense charm.
In writing her novels, C. Allyn Pierson returns to an early love of writing and history and draws inspiration from the works of her favorite author, Jane Austen. She is currently working on two additional sequels to "Pride and Prejudice" and a modern mystery. When she is not writing, Carey enjoys playing the piano and violin, crocheting her original designs and (of course) reading.
C. Allyn Pierson is represented by Nicholas Croce of The Croce Literary Agency and is listed on the Iowa Center for the Book Iowa Author list. She is a contributor to the Austen Authors blog (www.austenauthors.com) She is a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) and The Republic of Pemberley (www.pemberley.com). She is also a proud member and contributor to the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (www.spogg.org)