Author Guest Post With D.A. Serra

D.A. Serra, has kindly agreed to guest post about her inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of her debut release, Primal.

 About The Author:

Serra was a screenwriter for twenty years and recognized by the Writer’s Guild for her long term continuous employment. She has written ten TV movies, six feature films, and numerous TV episodes including two years as a staff writer for NBC.  She has taught writing at the University of California, San Diego, Wofford College and at writers’ conferences nationwide.  Serra has now turned her attention to novels, and she was honored as a recent recipient of the prestigious Hawthornden Literary Fellowship, and as a semi-finalist for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Award given by the Faulkner Society in New Orleans, LA. 
Born and raised on the East Coast, Serra has lived for many years in Southern California with her husband, three children, and several family dogs. 

Her interests include: ballet, music, The Science Network, and Tequila.  She travels extensively including: trekking the Gorillas in the Congo, observing the British Columbian Kermode Bear in situ, whale watching, dog-sledding, and helicopter skiing, among others.

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 Guest Post:

            When I am asked about my inspiration for a specific story or character I can usually trace a creative line back to the original spark.  When I am asked about my inspiration for becoming a writer I have a tendency to tell a joke:  “well, I failed at every other job, so sitting alone in a room was all that was left.”  Okay, not completely true.  It is true that I have always written and told stories.  I was a consummate little liar as a child, and not really because I was looking to deceive, but mostly because I was constantly living out stories, and angles, and pretending to be different characters  – the line between the real world and my imagination was fungible.  And I loved words.  I just loved them.  I loved them the way the neighbor boy loved baseball, and the way the girl across the street loved the neighbor boy.  And when I finally fell for that neighbor boy myself, I had all of the morose heartbreaking melodramatic poems any teenage girl could need at my fingertips.
            I can’t be certain how many other jobs I’ve had.  Keeping count was demoralizing.  Initially, I didn’t see writing as a means to make a living, but as a part of me, like my hair or my armpits, and I certainly wasn’t going to make a living with either of those things.  There was, however, a particular day when I realized – hey, I can do this – for real. 
            At the time, having been “downsized” (humiliating at best), I was living on unemployment in a basement in New York City.  If there ever were a you’ve-nothing-to-lose moment this was it.  I packed up, moved to Los Angeles, and started writing scripts.  I knew the consistent work for writers was in L.A. and I had come to understand, on a very practical level, just exactly how important a job was.  I started working for a temporary help agency and wrote and wrote and threw out more scripts in the first year than I can remember.   I thought I was doing the right thing, and frankly, it occurred to me that I had no idea how to do anything else.  With time, and work, and persistence, I began to sell things.  Friends started calling me a stem cell writer because I could and would write anything:  children’s, live action, drama, thriller, adaptations, true stories, half-four, episodic, two-hour, I wrote it all.
After twenty years writing for television and film, I wanted a change.  I wanted more creative freedom and I moved to novels.  Primalis the first of three ongoing projects to be available. It is a gritty crime thriller with a female protagonist. This is a story that I wrote first as a screenplay, which I sold to James Cameron, who at that time had a deal at FOX.  It has been sitting over at FOX for a few years and I really wanted to play around with the story some more, so I asked them for the novel rights and they agreed. 
If Primal  happens to find an audience, and does well, I have another thriller outlined and sitting on my desk.  All it needs is my attention and a few hundred pages.  I have learned two remarkable things about the thriller-reading audience:  they’re voracious and independent – encouraging qualities for a purveyor of stories like me.
Currently, I am writing two very different projects.  The first is a humorous travel memoir that I am writing with my sister, and the second is a more literary novel exploring consciousness and Free Will.  Neuroscience is a hobby of mine – yes, I know that sounds ridiculous, but I’m an autodidact.  Nomadic intellectually, I attended six different colleges before I graduated, and I have never stopped studying.  I read whatever interests me.  I write whatever interests me.  Please take a look at Primal – just don’t do it in the woods.



Title: Primal

Author: D.A. Serra

This thriller story, originally purchased by one of America’s most popular storytellers, James Cameron, is now a novel!

What if the worst happens and you’re not a policemen, or a soldier, or a spy with weapons training and an iron heart. What if you’re a schoolteacher – a mother? 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 gets worse.

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Happy reading until next time!