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Deborah Serra

Deborah Serra is an experienced writer, although until now, not in the world of fiction. Her credits and credentials in the sphere of screenwriting however, are legendary and make for impressive reading.

I was introduced to her writing following a visit to a virtual book tour and giveaway, by the lovely Vicki, over at ‘I’d Rather Be Reading At The Beach’, where Deborah’s debut novel ‘Primal’ was being featured.

Being a great fan of the crime/thriller genre, it didn’t take much to tempt me into taking part in Vicki’s giveaway offer and to my amazement, I won!

The premise for ‘Primal’ is real edge-of-the-seat stuff, so if the story itself is of the same high standard, I am sure to be happy!

Introducing – DEBORAH SERRA

Picture of author Deborah SerraDeborah Serra has been a screenwriter for twenty years and was recognized by the Writer’s Guild for her long term continuous employment. On assignment, she has written ten TV movies and numerous TV episodes, including two years as a staff writer for NBC.  She has sold two original feature films, completed two more on assignment, and optioned two others.  One is currently in active development.  She has been hired for production polishes on several films.

A complete biography of Deborah’s extensive and comprehensive work in the field of screenplay writing, for both the large and small screen, can be found here.

Deborah has taught writing at the University of California, San Diego, Wofford College, and continues to teach at writers’ workshops and conferences nationwide.

She has now turned her attention to writing novels and was a recipient of the 2012 Hawthornden Literary Fellowship, whereby she was invited to spend a month in residence in Scotland, writing.  Her first novel was a semi-finalist for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Award, given by the Faulkner Society in New Orleans, LA.

Although born and raised on the East Coast, Deborah has lived for many years in Southern California with her husband, three children, and several family dogs. She is currently working on two other books — a humorous travelogue about trips she has taken with her sister, and a literary novel that ties into her passion for science, exploring such themes as consciousness and free will.

The language, metaphor, and imagery of the prose matters a great deal to me. Some fiction writers rely solely on plot to carry their audience and I know that works for them. For me, there is nothing more important than a perfectly pitched image that you feel, that makes you grin, or cringe, or choke; this is what adds depth to the experience of a novel, and I always strive to create a sentence, or to a clothe a moment, with words that convey an emotion on their own – so the journey is richer.



With everything at stake, what are you capable of?  What if the worst happens and you are not a policeman, or a spy with weapons training and an iron heart?


In this gritty crime thriller a family vacation takes a vicious turn when a fishing camp is invaded by four armed men.  With nothing except her brains, her will, and the element of surprise on her side, Alison must kill or watch her family die – and then things get worse.


I did discover in my research that ‘Primal’ had started out as a screenplay, the rights for which were purchased by the legendary director / producer, James Cameron, before growing into a novel.

Primal started as a screenplay and grew into a novel. The original story was written as a protest. When I started in screenwriting there was a tacit understanding that women couldn’t write hard action. If you wanted an action, thriller, or a gritty story you needed to hire a male writer. Well, that just annoyed me. I could write anything. So, I wrote Primal and I had my agent send it out under gender neutral initials so producers and studios would not know it was written by a woman. And, guess what? I had numerous offers. It really helped to break that glass ceiling of stereotypes.

As this is a competition win, a PDF download of  ‘Primal’, was sent to me free of charge, by its author, Deborah Serra.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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    • Hi Tracy,

      This is Deborah’s debut fiction book, but I have a feeling that it won’t be her last.

      I haven’t had the opportunity to read a good crime thriller for some time now, so I am really looking forward to this one … It sounds quite sinister!!

      Thanks for stopping by, I haven’t had the opportunity to be online much lately, however I always appreciate your comments

    • Hi Vicki,

      I am really looking forward to reading ‘Primal’, although it is still some way down my list.

      My reading has taken a real nose-dive over the last few weeks, as I have been away from my desk, (actually we are in your neck of the woods in Orlando, Florida), so I am looking forward to getting back to normal in just a short time.

      It has taken me some time to find a few moments to catch up with my email, however I do appreciate the time you take to stop by and leave a comment.

    • Hi Naida,

      Primal is one that I am expecting to enjoy a lot. I haven’t read a good psychological thriller for ages and as it is one of my favourite genres, I am looking forward to reading it.

      I guess the possibility for turning Primal into a film is there, as Deborah certainly has all the requisite connections and a great reputation for screenplay writing. Perhaps once I get her to take a look at the review material I eventually come up with, I shall be in a position to float the idea and see what she says …. Watch this space!

      Great to hear from you as always. I hope that you had a great Christmas and enjoy your New Year celebrations.

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