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Accomplished Rancho Santa Fe screenwriter publishes first novel, ‘Primal’

By Joe Tash

After 20 years of writing screenplays for movies and television shows, Deborah Serra decided she wanted more creative control over her work.

Serra’s career decision resulted in the publication of her first novel, “Primal,” in May.

Switching from scripts to books wasn’t the only major departure for Serra, a Rancho Santa Fe resident — challenged by the prevailing sentiment in Hollywood that women writers were best suited for comedies, romances or children’s stories, she determined that her first book would be a crime thriller.

“Primal,” which is available as an e-book for both Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes...