Based in Burbank, CA, I’m an award-winning novelist, produced screenwriter, and trained digital film editor.
I studied classics and sociology at Stanford (B.A.) and applied linguistics at San Jose State University (M.A.). This led me to a varied career in the publishing industry and then to teaching academic writing.
In my spare time I teach myself new software programs and moderate a writing challenge group called Survivor Island Writers.
AWARDS DEANNA HAS WON
Presidential Scholar in the Arts
National Recognition and Talent Search Award
Bank of America Fine Arts Award
Apprenticeships in Fiction, sponsored by the Arts Council England
Purchase Prize Award, International Artists Book Show, Art Institute of Chicago
First Place, James D. Phelan Literary Award
First Place, Romancing the Novel Award