Roz Nay

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Roz Nay
Nationality Canadian
Occupation writer, teacher, social worker
Known for Award winning author

Roz Nay is a Canadian writer.[1][2]

Personal life

Nay and her husband moved to Canada when their two children were young.[3]

Writing career

Our Little Secret, her first novel, started as a short story she wrote when she took a creative writing course, at Selkirk College, in 2012.[4] It was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award and a Kobo Emerging Writer Award, and it won the Douglas Kennedy Prize for best foreign thriller.[1][2][5]

In an interview with the Vancouver Sun Nay said she was a former high school teacher, and her teaching experience was one of the inspirations for Our Little Secret.[6] Following her work as a high school teacher Nay worked in child protection for the British Columbia Ministry of Families.[3] Her work in child protection served as an inspiration for her second novel Hurry Home.[7]

According to the Boundary Creek Times the success of her first book earned Nay a two book deal.[8] They wrote that Nay expected to publish Hurry Home in 2018, but she found she was still learning how to write thrillers, and it took much longer. The Nelson Daily wrote the novel revolved around "two estranged sisters, who share a dark secret".[9]

The Boundary Creek Times wrote the manuscript for her third novel, set in Africa, was essentially complete.[8] It was inspired by her extensive travel in that continent, in her 20s, and took her just eight months.

Nay's third novel, The Hunted, was published in the summer of 2021.[10] It is a continuation of her first two novels. Nay describes it as a travel thriller, loosely based on her own travels, when she was young, and adding thriller elements. She said is currently working on her fourth novel, which will also be a travel thriller, attributing the popularity of the sub-genre to readers inability to travel, due to the Covid 19 epidemic.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jane van Koeverden (2017-07-27). "How happy-go-lucky author Roz Nay wrote a very dark debut thriller". CBC News. Retrieved 2020-07-08. "In May, she travelled to Paris to pick up the Douglas Kennedy Prize for best foreign thriller." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "12 Canadian books coming out in July we can't wait to read". CBC Books. 2020-07-07. Retrieved 2020-07-08. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mike Yawn (2018-06-22). "In 'Our Little Secret,' a love triangle gets tangled up: A conversation with Roz Nay about her new thriller". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2020-07-08. "Originally released in France, it won the Douglas Kennedy Prize for "best foreign thriller" and soon won acclaim from U.S. critics, who have called it "mesmerizing," "deliciously complex" and "expertly crafted."" 
  4. Will Johnson (2015-10-26). "Roz Nay sells psychological thriller: Nelson writer will publish Our Little Secret with Simon and Schuster.". Nelson Star. Retrieved 2020-07-08. "Three years ago Nelson writer Roz Nay signed up for a Selkirk College writing class—she felt like she needed a hobby to sustain her through the winter—and ended up writing a 2,000-word story called “Your Wife is a Psycho”. Last month she sold the novel-length version of that story, Our Little Secret, to Simon & Schuster." 
  5. "Nelson author nominated for two national awards: Roz Nay’s mystery novel Our Little Secret has made two shortlists". Nelson Star. 2018-05-15. Retrieved 2020-07-08. "The psychological thriller, which was released in Canada in June 2017, has been shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best New Crime Award. Nay’s novel is also up for the Kobo Emerging Writer Award for mysteries." 
  6. Aleesha Harris (2017-06-22). "Author Q&A: Roz Nay talks Our Little Secret". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2020-07-08. 
  7. Tyler Harper (2020-06-30). "Thriller Queen: Nelson’s Roz Nay gets personal in Hurry Home". Columbia Valley Pioneer. Retrieved 2020-07-08. "When it came time to find inspiration for her latest novel, Roz Nay’s day job provided all the horrors for a plot she would need. The Nelson writer’s latest thriller Hurry Home, which comes out July 7, is based on Nay’s experiences working in child protection services. One of her protagonists, Alex, also works in child protection" 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Tyler Harper (2020-06-30). "Thriller Queen: Nelson’s Roz Nay gets personal in Hurry Home". Boundary Creek Times. Retrieved 2020-07-08. "Writing Hurry Home has also been a personal breakthrough for Nay’s development as a novelist. She just finished the first draft of her third book, which took just eight months to write." 
  9. "The Meadow Edition comes to Elephant Mountain Literary Festival". The Nelson Daily. 2020-08-06. Retrieved 2020-08-07. "Hurry Home (Simon & Schuster), is a suspenseful thriller in which estranged sisters are desperate to keep their darkest secret where it belongs — in the past. A gripping look at the inescapable bond between sisters and the devastating cost of a single mistake, the novel keeps readers guessing as to who is telling the truth until the last page." 
  10. Sarah Lord (2021-11-18). "Daily Dose — Nelson Author Roz Nay Completes her Legend Trilogy". The Nelson Daily. Archived from the original on 2021-11-20. Retrieved 2021-11-20. "'I’ve discovered that I like writing travel thrillers, so combining adventures I had in my twenties and turning them into thrillers. It seems to be a good combo for me. The fourth book is another travel thriller. Those are quite topical at the moment because nobody can travel as much as they want to, so people are starting to do it more through books.'"