Its a long story, let me sum up. Started writing in 1975 when I entered an accelerated writing class for gifted students. Wanted to write for a living. Shelved it for years. Did some writing here and there. Got serious in 2000 (yeah took wayyyyy too long). Now I am pursuing it seriously.
Have finished 2 novels (one received a contract), 11 screenplays (three for which I received a contract), and multiple shorts. I write sci-fi, drama, historical (westerns), action, comedy, and am forcing myself to do a RomCom. I have been told by two mentors, and other readers, that I an extremely strong on dialogue. One editor told me she could tell who was talking, by just the way they talked, that she didn't even need dialogue tags. I thought that a nice complement. Brian Lemmons (Terminal, Bibleman) has partnered up with me for production of an original screenplay that I authored (Learning to Crawl).
I can be reached at deengill (at) g mail. com.
Unique traits: Extremely strong on dialogue
Diary of a Black Girl Budget: $1M - $5M | Drama Two little girls meeting in 1969 in Jackson, Mississippi realize that the difference in their skin colors makes no difference to their friendship. As they grow into adults, amid hardships and blessings, they overcome a culture that sees their color, and not their hearts.
Learning to Crawl Budget: $100K - $1M | Drama Andrew, a billionaire heir who has been told "enlist or be cut off," begins a downward spiral that ends up with him homeless and fighting for his life on the streets of Portland, OR.
Cimmaron Rose Budget: $1M - $5M | Western Rose Pinn must endure racial prejudice, outflank her five bounty hunting brothers, and resist a forbidden attraction to gunslinger George Bittercreek Newcomb, if she is going to make anything of her life.
Danger Gorilla Budget: $100K - $1M | Action ⋄ Independent ⋄ Comedy Genius criminal Brainpan is formulating the perfect heist, but to pull it off, he needs a gorilla with a transplanted human brain- fortunately Brainpan is also a skilled neurosurgeon.
TRACE DICKEY & THE GOLDEN SCHNOZ CAPER Action ⋄ Comedy Hipster Portland Detective Trace Dickey already has his hands full battling the city's Rogues Gallery of villains, when his arch nemesis kidnaps the entire Portland professional soccer team, plunging the city into chaos.
CITY WITHOUT HEROES Budget: $5M - $10M | Action ⋄ Sci-fi ⋄ Thriller As a super-powered sociopath lays waste to Detroit, a war vet suffering from PTSD tries to overcome her fear and doubt and engage one more enemy.
OSTENSIBLE Sci-fi ⋄ Adventure While humans hide underground, robotic combatants on the surface fight World War 3. As the war ginds on, the robots send down progress reports. But the reports are lies, to keep the humans as prisoners.
VARIANCE Action ⋄ Sci-fi ⋄ Other Handyman Thomas Cole accidentally gets transported from the 20th century to the distant future, where just his existence threatens the entire galaxy.
> GREATER THAN Budget: $0 - $100K | Sports ⋄ Drama Bobby, a 15 year old freshman, informs his dad he wants to tryout for baseball. His dad's response, "but you're blind."
THE LEGEND OF BAT JOHNSON Budget: $100K - $1M | Action ⋄ Western Bartholomew Johnson is a black American cowboy, homesteading in 1880's New Mexico, when a stranger shows up at his ranch and offers him a “can’t miss” six-shooter. Now Bartholomew (Bat) must decide if his new gun (and his uncanny ability with it) defines who he is, or if his identity is determined in a higher purpose.
A Dearth in the Family Sci-fi He had a fantastic salary, great benefits, an excellent pension plan, and worked only 20-25 hours a week. It was the perfect job. Until Dennis found out he couldn't quit.
Only the Strong
Print by Virginia Pines Press (defunct) Received a contract for my YA Christian novel, Only the Strong