Deanna Raybourn is an American author that writes historical fiction. She was born in 1968 in Fortworth, Texas. A sixth-generation native Texan, she attended the University of Texas.
Order of Lady Julia Grey Series
|1||Silent in the Grave||2006||Description / Buy|
|2||Silent in the Sanctuary||2007||Description / Buy|
|3||Silent on the Moor||2009||Description / Buy|
|4||Dark Road to Darjeeling||2010||Description / Buy|
|5||The Dark Enquiry||2011||Description / Buy|
|6||Silent Night (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|7||Midsummer Night (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|8||Twelfth Night (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|9||Bonfire Night (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
Order of Veronica Speedwell Series
|1||A Curious Beginning||2015||Description / Buy|
|2||A Perilous Undertaking||2017||Description / Buy|
|3||A Treacherous Curse||2018||Description / Buy|
|4||A Murderous Relation||2020||Description / Buy|
Order of City of Jasmine Series
|1||City of Jasmine||2013||Description / Buy|
|2||Whisper of Jasmine (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
Order of A Spear of Summer Grass Series
|1||Far in the Wilds (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
Order of Deanna Raybourn Standalone Novels
She grew up in San Antonio. It was also where she met her college sweetheart, marrying him on the same day she graduated. Having majored in English and History in college, she went on to teach the subjects at a high school level.
By the time she signed her book deal with MIRA books, she had spent fourteen years struggling to get her writing career off the ground, receiving numerous rejection letters along the way. Deanna doesn’t know when she decided to become a writer.
As far as she can remember, she was always telling stories. She attributes her passion for writing to her interest in reading. The author was four when she learned to read.
It changed her entire life because she could finally read by herself. At some point, she learned to write, realizing that she could finally put her stories on paper. It did not take her long to conclude that writing was her calling.
By the time she got to college, the author already knew that she wanted to pursue historical fiction. As such, it made all the sense in the world for Deanna to take English and History as majors. She saw this as the only rational route someone with her preferences could take if they wanted to write and publish historical fiction.
Her first novel was written at 23. She was already teaching by this point. During the summer break, she spent seven weeks writing a 120,000-word manuscript. Deanna Raybourn is a fast writer, capable of typing a hundred words a minute.
But she has never replicated the feat she achieved that summer, and she doesn’t want to. The novels she wrote at 23 was horrible and she could tell as much. None the less, it introduced her to the writing process and she became obsessed with starting and completing stories.
Her novels feature quite a bit of romance. However, they are historical mysteries first and foremost. The romance and the mysteries are intertwined so intimately that neither component can survive without the other.
She makes every effort possible to ensure that the mystery doesn’t suffer as a result of the romance. However, she also takes pride in the romance fanatics she has attracted to her mysteries novels by creating intriguing couples with complicated relationship dynamics.
Some people have described Deanna’s romance plots as slow burns. She spends a lot of time creating convincing reasons why her protagonists can’t be together.
Deanna does quite a bit of outlining. The process is necessary but she hates it. She also hates writing synopses. Not only are they hard to pen but she has a tendency to deviate from them.
Deanna Raybourn Awards
Deanna won the ‘Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice’ Award for ‘Silent in the Grave’. She has been nominated for Agatha and Last Laugh Awards.
Best Deanna Raybourn Books
Deanna has fond memories of the golf teacher that also taught her how to type because he gave her a skill that has served her literary career, with some of the best books in her bibliography including:
Silent in the Grave: Sir Edward Grey feared for his life. This is why he had hired Nicholas Brisbane, a private inquiry agent. Nicholas wasn’t there when Edward dropped dead in front of his wife and dinner guests. He arrived later, claiming that the man had been murdered.
Julia, his wife, initially rejected this notion, certain that Edward had merely succumbed to an illness. But then she found evidence that proved otherwise and quickly called upon Nicholas to aid her in her investigation to find Edward’s killer.
Silent in the Sanctuary: Lady Julia was determined to forget Nicholas Brisbane. But then she came home after a six-month trip to Italy to find that her father’s estate was crowded with friends and family one of whom was Nicholas.
The pair picked up where they left off, determined to incite jealousy in one another. Their game ended prematurely when one of the guests was murdered and an obviously innocent cousin confessed. Julia must reignite her partnership with Nicholas once more to find the killer roaming her father’s estate.
When Does The Next Deanna Raybourn book come out?
Deanna Raybourn doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is A Murderous Relation and was released on March, 10th 2020. It is the newest book in the Veronica Speedwell Series.