Author Stevens, Serita
Her first published book This Bitter Ecstasy, a historical romance from Pocket Books was her introduction to the film industry when she was asked if she could write a treatment of the book for possible adaptation. She continued doing several historical romances including Tame the Wild Heart – a story of James II’s foray into Ireland; Daughters of Desire – about the daughter’s of the king in French Canada, Lightning and Fire – a dramatized biography of Judge Deborah, the prophet (Judges 4/5- now in script form and finalist in the Geller foundation competition for best Jewish writing and Karios for best Christian writing.) She then Serita turned her attention to mystery and suspense – The Bloodstone Inheritance, Unholy Alliance (a young adult mystery nominated for Best Book for the Reluctant Reader from the American Library Association,) Deceptive Desire (best western romantic suspense from Romance Writers of America – now in script form as Logan’s Land,) Red Sea, Dead Sea and Bagels For Tea (the Fanny Zindel novels) and many more, including ghosting and adaptations.
Her book, Cagney and Lacey, is the prequel for the successful TV series. Her award nominated short story, The Unborn, about an unborn child who experiences her mother’s murder and vows revenge on the killer – her father, has been produced as a short and now being written as a feature (An Unborn Witness.). In all, she has published more than 33 books and short stories. Her newest book, based on years of teaching at universities, come s out from Motivational Press. It's The Ultimate Writer's Workbook for Books and Scripts. Written both for novice and established writers, it has exercises that have helped Serita through her many writings.
Currently, she is working on several book/film deals -The Mark of the Dragon - for True North Publishing with Sean McNamara, directing the film, and The Heist: the Charles Allen Story. The later was ghostwritten from the notes of one of the perpetrators of the FBI's biggest art theft. The two books were featured at the BEA - Book Expo America - in May 2015.
She has also just written a historical true drama The Master's Will about three pre-Civil War slaves who inherit their master's plantation and must fight for their rights in the reconstructionist South, which is receiving major buzz and will soon be a book, as well.
Her recent book, The Ultimate Writers Workbook For Books And Scripts (Motivational Press) is based on her teaching at various universities and conferences. She is a frequent speaker at conferences on the craft of writing and adaptations and continues to mentor writers and teach on various subjects like mystery writing and script vs book writing.
Against Her Will, a teenage drama based on Serita's experiences as a psychiatric nurse, was published with 'True North Press and the script is now being considered at Lifetime.
Saving Spirit, an
original script for
Champagne for Two –
Lilac Dreams - Warner Home Video
The Unborn - Pupperazzi Productions (short)
Promises Maid - Just Us Productions (short)
Dragon Seeds – Best screenplay the Cinema City International Film Fest
Murder Me Twice – Finalist ISA award, Best Screenplay Cinema City International Film Festival, official selection of SF Film Festival. PAGE semi finals, Circus Road Films - semi finalist
Mother in Law –
The Unborn – award nomination for short story; Talentville award for script; numerous festivals
Match Made in Heaven – Best Screenplay, Cinema City/ Best comedy Broad Humor Festival, Geller Festival finalist, Beverly Hills Film Festival Official selection.
Golden Murders - a TV spec dramady - based on her Fanny Zindel mystery series - Broad Humor Festival, Geller Festival
Lightning and Fire– Best Biblical Romance RWA (now a screenplay.); Geller Festival and Karios finalist
Deceptive Desires – Best Western Romantic
Promises Maid - finalist at the 168 Film Festival written for JustUs Productions
Unholy Orders – McCavity and
Gangsta - Writers Boot Camp Fellowship Award, Talentville Best of the week
Flip Kids/ Simon Sez- finalist - International Family Film Festival
The Unborn Witness – semi-finalist – Page Awards, semi finalist Table Read My Screenplay
Award from University of Illinois College of Nursing for contributions to nursing with her book, The Forensic Nurse ( St. Martin's Press.)