Written works  By Donna Drejza

Playboy, the Poet and the Spy: Screenplay and  Novel

An American writer pet-sits for an eccentric dowager in London in order to meet her pen-pal English poet; instead she is lured into a Swiss playboy's pharmaceutical company drama by the dowager —who turns out to be a spy.

Cats Don't Bark: Published Children's print and audio book.

Whimsical drawings and musings with theme of acceptance. Both audio and visuals are in 7 languages - English, French, German, Italian, Hindi, Russian, Mandarin.

Palm Beach Busybodies: Published novel

A fledgling realtor, her gay best friend and drunken pug move to Palm Beach where they find love, money— and a dead socialite.

 

 Detailed Synopsis:

Soul Mates and the 102: short story version of "The Playboy..."

            On a whim, a single American writer, Camille Carano signs up for a British dating site. The minute she sees a photo of Oliver Ogilvie, a professor and poet in England, she knows he’s the one.  Because she's a blabber mouth, she mentions her dream of meeting him and ends up with a dog sitting gig for wealthy dowager, Mrs. Etherington in London. Camille is finally going to meet Oliver at Claridge’s at precisely 4:00. But he doesn’t show up.

         Ever optimistic, she decides to make the best of it, when in walks wealthy Pharmaceutical heir Julian Zarr, who points out that she’s at the wrong hotel.  It all get sorted out the next day, but now she’s got two men.  On one weekend, she’s in a damp bog with Oliver and his evil twins; the next, she’s on a private jet to Paris with Julian.

The Palm Beach Busybodies:

            A comic who-dunit about a fledgling Realtor, her drunken Pug and a gay caterer who move to swanky Palm Beach.  They are outsiders of a group of wacky elites, but are on the brink of love and wealth; that is until they find a pesky dead socialite. 

         With nothing to lose, Emma, her gay friend Kevin and her pug Ursula move to swanky Palm Beach.  Emma resumes her career as a Realtor, and her world suddenly changes when she lists the $27 million mansion of handsome Dr. Richard Weinstein. Emma is soon drawn into a world of yachts, champagne and socialites, and falls for the married Dr. Weinstein.  To derail the looming love affair, Emma’s zany friend Irene, fixes her up with Richard’s British yacht captain, Graham.  Just as Emma falls for Graham, he becomes entangled with the ubiquitous topless Russian.

Kevin resumes his career as a caterer of phallic foods and becomes even more sought-after when he sets socialite Maxine on fire with his cherries jubilee.  He spends his free time spying on Ernesto, the hot Latin dog walker while dreaming of a future with trust-funder Hudson Dupont III.  It is all coming together for both Emma and Kevin; that is until one morning when Emma is showing her listing and finds a dead socialite. While the entire town rejoices in the death of Bunny Weinstein, the police narrow down the suspect list to our favorite characters: Richard; his Goth daughter Lisa; his pushy mother; Graham, Ernesto, Irene, Maxine; Ping, the Chinese cook; and Hudson Dupont III. 

The cast must remain in Palm Beach during the off- season, which is tragic in itself, plus they will miss Lisa Weinstein’s Nantucket wedding. The only thing to do is find the culprit, so Emma suggests sailing all of the suspects out to sea under the guise of a Great Gatsby party. Naturally things do not go as planned and now the gang is in deeper trouble with another pesky murder on their hands.  Kevin and Emma, who are natural busy bodies, are able to piece the clues together and save the day