Award-winning Publishers Weekly Best-selling Author

Growing up, I was better known as “Red” or “Carrot Top,” but ever since I picked up my first Nancy Drew book, I’ve always loved a good mystery. That’s when my love of writing took hold of my heart. I started writing my own “Mindy Dobson” mystery series! Unfortunately, the spark faded and life happened. I grew up and put my writing on the back burner.

Years flew by and after rough roads, I picked up my pen again. With the spark re-ignited, I joined a writer’s club (WWC – Women Writing for Christ, London, ON) and my passion for writing grabbed my heart. I knew God wanted me to write my story, but it wouldn’t happen right away.

I started taking writing courses through the Christian Writer’s Guild (CWG) to grow my skills and after a few years, I graduated from the Craftsman course. I’ve written devotionals, articles (personal experience, travel, inspirational), and short stories. I’ve attended writers conferences with Write Canada, CWG, and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

I began this blog to share my story. You can find it under My Story. Since then I’ve blogged about various lessons I learned from my mother under Mama’s Patchworkmy trip to Israel under Holy Land Highlights, how we can relate to God’s word under Still True Today, fun pictures under Picture Thisbook and movie reviews, and a series on women – Coffee & Conversations with Women of the Bible. Check out all of my categories and leave me a comment. There’s something for everyone! I’d love to hear from you.

I’m now living my dream of writing full-time. My debut book, Border Breach, released in April 2020 by Love Inspired Suspense–the inspirational division of Harlequin. I’m continuing to write books for LIS and loving every minute. I hope my readers will enjoy my stories and find that there’s suspense beyond borders.

I’ve experienced incredible journeys throughout my life. Some exciting. Others heart-wrenching. Even though I questioned “Why?” at times, I’m grateful God allowed them to happen. They made me stronger. God is good. All the time.

I pray you will travel with me on this journey. Laugh with me. Cry on my shoulder. Give me your thoughts.

God bless, Darlene

P.S. I’ve remarried since the journey I blog about under the category My Story. I’m currently living in London, Ontario with my husband Jeff.

Represented by Tamela Hancock Murray



  • Safe House Exposed – 2023 HOLT Medallion Winner – Short Inspirational
  • Fatal Forensic Investigation – 2023 Director’s Choice Winner – won third place – Romantic Suspense/Suspense category
  • Explosive Christmas Showdown – 2023 FHLCW Reader’s Choice Award Finalist – Romantic Suspense
  • Abducted in Alaska – 2022 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence Finalist – Short Novel 
  • Abducted in Alaska – 2022 Selah Finalist – Romantic Suspense
  • Lethal Cover-Up – 2022 Selah Award – won third place – Romantic Suspense category
  • Lethal Cover-Up – 2022 Director’s Choice Winner – won second place – fiction category
  • Border Breach – Winner of Canada’s 2021 Word Award – Romance Category
  • Border Breach – Placed third in the 2021 Selahs – First Novel and Romantic Suspense categories


  • Winner of the 2019 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, Inspirational Unpublished category
  • Finalist of the 2019 ACFW Genesis contest (Romantic Suspense category)
  • Finalist of the 2019 TARA writing contest (Romance Writers of America)
  • Finalist of the 2018 ACFW Genesis contest (Romantic Suspense category)
  • Winner of the 2017 ACFW Genesis contest (Romantic Suspense category)
  • Placed third in the 2017 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, Inspirational Unpublished category
  • Placed third in the 2017 Great Expectations contest – North Texas Romance Writers of America Chapter (Inspirational category)
  • Winner of the 2016 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, Inspirational Unpublished category


  • American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)
  • Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Faculty
  • Faith, Hope & Love Christian Writers
  • Advanced Writers & Speakers Association (AWSA)
  • Romance Writers of America
  • Kiss of Death (KOD) Chapter of RWA
  • Apprentice/Journeyman alumni of the Christian Writers Guild
  • Craftsman alumni of the Christian Writers Guild
  • Sisters in Crime

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