Darlene Ryan was born in 1958. As a university student she studied biology and education. She has also worked as a radio producer, journalist, and copywriter. Her first teen novel, Rules for Life, began in a workshop with young adult novelist Kevin Major. In 2006, she was named the poet recipient of the Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Early Childhood Literacy Award for her work supporting the literacy development of children under the age of five. Ryan also writes under the pseudonym Sofie Kelly. She resides in Fredericton, NB.
Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Early Childhood Literacy Award, 2006