Dorothy Perkyns was a teacher in England before coming to Canada in 1969. She began writing in the early seventies, contributing many articles to Canadian magazines and broadcasting regularly on CBC Radio. Her work was also published in the United States and in England.
Since 1986, with the publication of her first book, The Mystery of the Hemlock Ravine, Dorothy has established herself as a writer of mystery/adventure novels for young adults. Her books are predominantly set in Nova Scotia and, in addition to their fast-moving plots, are rich in details of many aspects of life in the province. Rachel’s Revolution and Signal Across the Sea have meticulously researched historic backgrounds. Several of her books have been approved by the Nova Scotia Department of Education for inclusion on its Authorized List of Learning Materials. Other education authorities have also recommended her work.