1) What is your book about?
Primal is a thriller about the maternal instinct to protect. It is the dramatic story of a gentle loving mom who goes on a fishing trip with her family and becomes trapped in a violent world where she must kill to save them. And then, having returned home, she finds she has changed in more ways than she knew, and the nightmare continues. Ultimately, it is everything she knows about being a mother, and running a home, that saves her.
2) What’s one thing you want a reader to know about you?
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.
3) How can a reader connect with you?
I think a range of readers can connect with my work. While Primal has some strong, rather gritty, male characters, I do predict that mothers especially will connect with this story because it speaks to the very core of what it means to love your family without boundaries. What I found engaging while creating Primal was constructing two families who were polar opposites: one average, loved and loving, and the other psychopathic and violent, but still families with an unbreakable bond. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of those two families, both of whom would fight to the death for each other.
4) How long have you been writing?
Writing began as something I did as a child and I simply never stopped. Even when I was working as a writer full-time in TV & film, I still wrote on the side for myself. I have known and worked with so many writers in my life, and I can say, that is the dividing line between someone who writes as a job and a writer: a writer is someone who writes even when they know for certain no one else will read it.
5) Where can a reader find your book?
Primal can be found at most online retailers in either paperback or as an e-book. The link can also be found on my webpage along with a bio and credits: www.deborahserra.com
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Deborah has been a writer for twenty years, initially in television and film, and now novels. Her screenplays have been produced by Showtime, CBS, NBC, Lifetime, Sony and others. She has worked on staff, and as a freelancer, for producers, directors, and actors, including: James Cameron, Meg Ryan, Beau Bridges, and Robert Cort. She has written on assignment eleven TV films and numerous episodes.
When time permits Deborah teaches screenwriting at the University of California, and at workshops nationwide. Born and raised on the East Coast, Deborah now lives in Southern California with her husband and three children.