SALT LAKE CITY, UT May 16, 2017
An award-winning playwright also acclaimed for her short stories, Joanell Serra has a love for writing… just not novel writing. At least that was the case, until her characters practically begged her to bring them to life in a full length novel.
Serra says, “The characters [from my short stories] kept popping up in each other’s stories. After one editor read my stories, she gave me the bad news: it really needed to be a novel! I dug back in and rewrote the story, tying all the storylines together.”
As a family therapist, Joanell Serra has keen insight into the theme of identity within the family, a theme she explores in her writing. She also draws on her love for her home region in Sonoma County, California. Serra states, “I love the interesting layers of community here, across cultures and socioeconomic divides. The landscape is so lush and stunning, it literally inspires one to create.”