Abra Deering loves creating worlds in fiction. She recently completed the first novel in her historical mystery/thriller series with a strong female sleuth set in 1901 San Francisco. She earned her MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA, and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing.
She is a current member of Sisters in Crime and the Historical Novel Society. Her love of mysteries were born at a young age, she inherited her mom’s Nancy Drew “tweeds” at the age of five and traded Agatha Christie’s and Dick Francis mysteries with her mom and sister. At fifteen, she spent an entire summer reading up on ancient history. She loves historical research. Her short story about Sherlock Holmes’ daughter, “Bohemian Soul,” appeared in the Pushcart publication special Holmes edition Jersey Devil Press. Her essays and freelance columns have appeared in The Wrap, Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, SheKnows.com. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in various literary journals. She’s worked as a Story Analyst for United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills and a Film Analyst for the film studios. She attended NYU’s Tisch and received her BA in English Literature from the University of Minnesota. She is an advocate for women's equality in film, media, and publishing. She co-wrote, produced and directed an original animated test film for Amazon Studios / Warner Bros which won awards. She co-wrote and developed a screenplay, The Baby Whisperer with Fox/Davis. Most recently, she co-wrote a screenplay which placed in the Top 20% of the Academy Nicholl Fellowship screenplay competition.
When she's not writing, reading, doing historical research or spending time boating with her family and walking their goofy border collie & listening to their parakeets chirp, she hikes, reads, sometimes bakes, goes antiquing, paints furniture & watches really good historical TV shows and mysteries. She loves historical research and ancestry genealogy research. She grew up in the theater, once worked as a snake dancer, has flown a Cessna when it was snowing, founded a successful blog that interviewed celebrities and even got a toe on the red carpet, and worked as a professional researcher. She has lived and worked in Manhattan, Europe, Minneapolis, and California. She does not miss the drought. She loves old movies, Wonder Woman, good reads, great coffee, and the rain! She believes in working creatively between drop-off and pick-up and in hard work, luck, & blessings.
Whew! That about covers it, well not really. Did I mention I like French soaps and coconut drinks? That I believe the greatest novel ever written is Anna Karenina or Jane Eyre? That I love Dickens and Doyle? That the places I love most on earth are bookstores? Like, I walk in and feel “I’m home.” That once, while in a vintage bookstore in Los Angeles I overheard the strangest conversation (Wilshire Books is no longer there, alas) but this dude claimed to have once been Howard Hughes’ pilot and referred to oil as “black gold” and was going on about why we have Hughes and Nixon to blame for going off the gold standard and they knew each other and he somehow related this as a deep conspiracy. That people always ask me for directions and often (like always) tell me their life stories? That I used to be an actress? That I studied philosophy in college? That, as my sister once told me, “the strangest things happen to you.” Okay, I left that out of my bio. I also left out my most important role: mom, or as the Brits say, “mum” or as the Danes say “moa.” I’m a writer mom and I love it. Someone I’m very close to is a “super recognizer.” This means that they have insane, mad facial recognition skills. There’s actually a test you take for this skill. These are some of the traits I put into my female sleuth. Last but not least, I have a sense of humor and love the adventure of life!
I love mysteries, historical mysteries, cozies, thrillers, and noirs. Here are a few of my favorite authors:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four
Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot & Miss Marple
Rex Stout, Nero Wolfe
Sue Grafton Kinsey Milhone series
Jacqueline Winspear Maisie Dobbs series
Ruth Ware Woman in Cabin 10 and Death of Mrs. Westway
David Liss, A Conspiracy of Paper
Diana Gabaldon, Outlander
Mickey Spillane & John D. MacDonald
Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina