Debra Purdy Kong
Debra Purdy Kong’s volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and various jobs, inspired her to write mysteries set in BC’s Lower Mainland. Employment as a campus security patrol and communications officer provided the background for her first novella, Dead Man Floating as well as her Casey Holland transit security novels, The Opposite of Dark, Deadly Accusations, Beneath the Bleak New Moon, and The Deep End. She has also released two white-collar crime mysteries, Taxed to Death and Fatal Encryption.
Debra has published short stories in a variety of genres as well as personal essays, and articles for publications such as Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul, B.C. Parent Magazine, and The Vancouver Sun. She assists as a facilitator for the Creative Writing Program through Port Moody Recreation, and has presented workshops and talks for organizations that include Mensa and Beta Sigma Phi. She is a long-time member of Crime Writers of Canada. Look for her blog at http://writetype.blogspot.ca More information about her books is at www.debrapurdykong.com
Winner, NeWest Review's Late Bloomers Contest, 1998, for "The Taste of Peppermint"
Winner, Literary Network's Short Fiction Contest, 2000, for "Songs the Graveyard Sings"
Second Place, FundsForWriters Success Wanted contest, 2002, for the essay "Success and the Worthy Cause"
Honourable Mention, Storyteller's Award Category at the Surrey International Writers' Conference, 2007, for "Some Mother's Child"