Born in Indianapolis in 1979, Gabriella Messina grew up in Northwestern Pensylvania. Homeschooled through graduation, she first applied her writing skills to screenplays, completing her first script in 2005 and taking 3rd place in the Big Apple Screenplay Competition that same year.
A trip to London during her sophmore year at college planted the seed the grew into the Yard Work Mysteries series and, after garnering high review marks and honors on zoetrope.com, the pilot script reached the semi-finals of the Page International Screenplay Competition. In 2012, the Yard Work pilot episode, "The Memory of Trees", was reworked into story form and published online.
Currently, Gabriella is working on a novelization of her first script, "The Devil Inside".
In addition to her creative writing, Gabriella writes freelance articles for an online firm based in the UK. She has published original articles and poetry through the Yahoo Contributor network. When not writing, Ms. Messina enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.
The Bloodline (formerly The Devil Inside) Horror ⋄ Fantasy A young Manhattan detective becomes infected by a werewolf, learns the truth about her unique lineage, and must work together with friends both old and new as she goes on the offensive against the Nazi-inspired werewolves wreaking havoc throughout the city.
Yard Work: The Memory of Trees (a Kate Gardener mystery) Crime ⋄ Drama On a crisp September morning, a jogger stumbles upon a horrific scene in a London park…When forensic photographer Kate Gardener steps in for her injured supervisor, the brash young American finds herself at the scene of a brutal murder. The body of university student Daniel Norton has been found at the edge of Regent’s Park – naked and castrated. Gifted with a “photographic” memory, Kate is uniquely suited to capturing the details of a murder scene, and reading the shadows and light of her crime scene photos. But this crime scene is different… As the investigation proceeds, the victim is linked to a decade-old crime, the murder of Helen Flynn. Then, a second body is discovered, the crime scene more brutal than the first. After crime scene photos go missing – and a coworker’s strange behavior takes center stage – Kate fears that the murderer may be very close… and about to strike again. Kate’s instinct for solving crimes have always been spot-on… could this killer really be one of their own?
The Road to Elmwood Historical ⋄ Western In 1892, five men rode into Coffeyville, Kansas, and attempted to rob two banks simultaneously. Fifteen minutes later, eight men lay dead, a small town had earned an infamous place in American history, and the last great bandit gang of the Old West had become legends. They were the Dalton Gang.
The Sleeping Detective Film-noir A narcoleptic private eye seeks redemption while investigating the murder of a nightclub singer in 1950's Tampa, Florida. -- in progress --
"The Devil Inside", Official Selection, Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival
Third place, Big Apple Screenplay Competition for "The Devil Inside"