I am a first generation Canadian of Dutch parents. I was born in Nova Scotia, Canada but grew up in Toronto, Canada. I studied English Literature at Trent University and creative writing at Ryerson University.
I am a published poet, short-story author and an active member of SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada), having written the lyrics for a song which has now been recorded twice.
My debut novel, Family Business, was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, 2015. My strong Dutch roots continue to influence me while the love of my Canadian homeland with its beauty and freedom, flavours all that I do.
I live in rural Ontario with my Great Pyrenees and Chocolate Lab.
Twitter handle: @renny_degroot
Canadian Authors Association
The Writers’ Community of Durham Region
Sudbury Writers’ Guild
Regimental Advisory Council, 32 Signal Regiment
Canadian Netherlands Business and Professional Association