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About Brenda

I've been writing for as long as I can remember. In college, instead of following my dream of becoming a fiction novelist, I elected a more "practical" career path. I earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin and promptly embarked on a successful 20-year corporate marketing and communications career. My writing has been published in countless brochures, flyers, trade magazines, newspapers, websites, newsletters and other media across several industries. 


But that little voice in my head, the one that knew best what I truly wanted to be when I grew up, never let me lose sight of my passion. And the ideas never stopped coming.


I've attended creative writing classes, conferences, and writers' workshops periodically over the years, at institutions including the Minnesota Writer's Workshop, The Loft Literary Center, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and North Hennepin Community College (from which I earned a Certificate in Creative Writing in 2004).


I specialize in mystery/crime fiction with a pinch of paranormal thrown in. My protagonists are typically female and deeply flawed -- but relatable and redeemable. Mostly, though, I'm just in it for the stories.

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Jennifer DeVries, aka Brenda Lyne, lives just outside MInneapolis, Minnesota with her two busy kids, two cats, two fish, and probably a partridge in a pear tree. Influences include Stephen King (her hero), Peter Straub, John Sandford, and P.J. Tracy. She believes that it is never too late to follow your dreams.


Her debut novel, CHARLIE"S MIRROR, hits the market on December 8, 2020. She is currently drafting her second novel.