About Colleen

I knew when I was young that I wanted to be a writer, but somewhere along the road of life I lost my connection to that passion. Then, when I was in my early twenties, I became increasingly dissatisfied in my job as a secretary for the Canadian Government and decided to go back to school to become an engineer. I wasn’t at the top of my class, but I was doing pretty good. I had momentum. I enjoyed school. Then, as I was nearing the end of my studies, I lost it all. The sudden death of my brother completely upended my life and made me reevaluate everything. 

Out of that very difficult period came a very strong desire to write, reconnecting me to my early passion, and ten years later I published THE LAST FALCON (which is dedicated to my brother). Along the way, I finished school, graduating in 2003 with a degree in physics, and spent seven years as a criminal intelligence analyst for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (primarily in federal drug investigations and homicide). Side note: one day, I may try my hand at thrillers!

I was born in Vancouver, BC, grew up in North Vancouver, and am currently living in Chilliwack, BC. When I'm not writing, plotting, or otherwise occupied with the business of being an author, I am usually reading, watching movies, walking in the park, or hanging out with friends. I also dabbled in genealogy years ago and you can check out my old family tree research here.

If I had to sum myself up in just one image, I’d probably choose this one:

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I am also presently an Author Member of The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), a non-profit professional association for authors who self-publish their books.

Banner Photo Credit: Norman’s Photographic

© Colleen Ruttan 2016