Based in southern California, I’m a produced screenwriter with comedy and mystery credits in Germany.
I studied classics and sociology at Stanford (B.A.), where I acted in theater productions and a student film. After working in publishing and odd jobs, I returned to school to study applied linguistics at San Jose State University (M.A.).
A passion for stories led me to write comedic novels under the pen name Gwen Ellery and fantastical suspense as Imogen Bold. As for screenplays, I write them as me, myself and I: Deanna Carlyle. On moving to SoCal, I became active in a development lab for screenwriters and actors called Deadline Junkies, a series of table reads in North Hollywood theaters.
In my free time, I hike, read, and study animation and video editing techniques. I’m proficient in After Effects, AVID and Premiere Pro.
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