Gerri grew up in the rural South, received an undergraduate degree from Florida State University, and completed a Master’s of Social Work degree at the University of Maryland. During her forty years of social work practice, she worked with children and families in a variety of settings. Little did she realize through all those decades of writing evaluations, social histories, and investigative reports that she’d write creative nonfiction books after she retired.
Joining Toastmasters International in 2009, Gerri has grown into an enthusiastic, high-energy speaker who has competed on club, area, division, and district-level stages in Humorous Speech, International Speech, and Evaluation contests. She appeared on the stage at the Florida Storytelling Festival in March 2017. She now speaks to groups about writing and RV travel.
Gerri’s stories reveal her struggles with retirement, aging, and an ever-changing world. While not an easy battle, Gerri’s search for the courage to change will inspire readers to follow their own dreams, whether it involves RVing or some other lifestyle change.
Almand, Gerri. The Reluctant RV Wife
Brown Posey Press, the Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction imprint of Sunbury Press, August 5, 2019.
Almand, Gerri. Home Is Where the RV Is
Brown Posey Press, the Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction imprint of Sunbury Press, September 25, 2020.
Almand, Gerri. Running from Covid in our RV Cocoon
Brown Posey Press, the Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction imprint of Sunbury Press, May 2021.
Recognitions & Awards:
- The Reluctant RV Wife was one of six FINALISTS in the 2020 International Book Awards in the Travel category
- The Reluctant RV Wife placed #17 on the Independent Book Reviews’ “30 Impressive Indie Press Books from 2019
- The Reluctant RV Wife received the 2019 Sunny Award from Brown Posey Press for being the most notable nonfiction book of 2019
- Royal Palms Literary Award (RPLA) Annual Competition sponsored by the Florida Writers Association: The unpublished manuscript of The Reluctant RV Wife received the 1st Runner-Up Award in the 2018 Book-Length, Unpublished Manuscript category.
Retired in July 2010 following a 40-year career as a social worker.