The Thompson-Nicola Regional Library has announced its first-ever writer-in-residence.
Deryn Collier will serve a three-month term at the library from Sept. 16 to Dec. 15.
She will spend half her time providing writing assistance to other writers and half her time working on her own personal writing projects, and also host workshops and public readings.
Collier will also have a role as a guest author at Words Alive Kamloops, the annual writers’ and readers’ festival presented by the Kamloops Society for the Written Arts, which will take place this fall from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22.
Her work includes mystery novels Confined Space and Open Secret, published by Simon and Schuster Canada. Both follow coroner Bern Fortin and are based in the Kootenays, where she lives in Nelson.
Confined Space was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel and was the One Book One Kootenay selection of the Kootenay Library Federation.
Collier is currently working on a new series of mysteries set in Montreal in 1947, using an ancestor of hers as her latest character.