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About Deryn

Deryn Collier has dreamed of writing mystery novels since reading her first Nancy Drew in the second grade. Her first novel, Confined Space, was nominated for a Best First Novel award by the Crime Writers of Canada. The sequel, Open Secret, was published soon after.

A Real Somebody, a historical novel set in Montreal in 1947, is her most recent work.

Deryn moved to Montreal as a teenager and instantly fell in love with the city, later graduating from McGill University. These days she lives in a small town in the mountains of British Columbia with her family and though she has lived there for many years, she still considers Montreal to be home.


Deryn Collier is the author of The Bern Fortin novels Confined Space and Open Secret. Her most recent novel is A Real Somebody. Originally from Montreal, she is a graduate of McGill University. After a very short career as a federal bureaucrat she ran away to the mountains of British Columbia where she has been for over twenty years. She lives in Nelson, BC with her family.