“Thomas makes a rollicking debut with this comic mystery featuring an unconventional protagonist who proves to have the skills of MacGyver. With its sexy overtones, this fun, character-driven novel will appeal to Janet Evanovich fans.”
- LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)
"Laugh-out-loud funny and enchantingly ridiculous, Lost Luggage... is a highly entertaining peek into the world of smuggling and the lengths people will go to for money.”
- Jessica Howard Shelf Awareness
“... a breath of fresh air in a world gone mad...Has my vote for one of the best new characters in mystery/crime.”
- Kathy Boone Reel The Reading Room
One of Kittling Books’ Best Reads of 2018: “Thank heavens! I've been waiting for years to find a successor to Janet Evanovich, and I've finally found one.”
- Cathy G. Cole for Kittling Books
Since receiving her M.A. in English in 1986 from the University of North Carolina, Wendall Thomas has worked in Los Angeles as a casting director, director's assistant, script reader, story editor, development executive, entertainment reporter, script consultant, and screenwriter, writing and developing projects for companies including Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, Showtime, PBS, RKO, A&E, NBC, Scottish Screen, and Australia’s Tojohage Productions.
Her novel, Lost Luggage (Poisoned Pen Press), has been nominated for Lefty and Macavity Awards for Best Debut Mystery of 2017 and her short fiction has appeared in the LA crime anthologies Ladies Night (2015) and Last Resort (2017) and the upcoming Murder A-Go-Gos (2019). Her second novel, Drowned Under, will be published in February 2019.
In addition to writing and consulting, she is in her twenty-second year as Adjunct Professor of Screenwriting in the Graduate Film School at UCLA, has been a Star Speaker for the annual Los Angeles Screenwriting Expo, and runs the Living Room Lecture series. She has consulted for the Atelier du Cinéma Européen Producing Program in Paris, served as Writer’s Mentor for Screen South’s Good Foundations program 2005-2007, and directed the LA FEATURES writer’s mentorship program in the UK for 2007-2009. She also consults for Australia's Film Victoria, Screen Australia, and the New Zealand Film Commission, and has directed Screen Queensland's SQ PROJECTOR program for emerging feature filmmakers (2014-2016) and their RE-TOLD diversity program (2017-2018).
As a lecturer, she has worked throughout Europe for the Arista Screenwriting Workshops and in the U.K. for the Welsh and Northern Irish Film Commissions, Northern Film and Media, the Folkstone Literary Festival, and Screen South. She has also presented a series of dialogue and rewrite workshops for the New Zealand Film Commission and was opening speaker for the Santa Fe Screenwriting Conference in 2009. She has presented her "Wendall Thomas Talks Scripts" series at the Melbourne International Film Festival since 2011.
Recent student/client projects include Killing Joan (Uncork’d Ent. 2018), The Chi (Showtime 2017), Don't Tell (Audience Award Newport Beach Film Festival 2017), I'm Dying up Here (Showtime 2017), Superstore (NBC 2016), The Water Diviner (Warner Bros. 2015), Web Therapy (Fremantle Media/ Moviestar+ 2016), The Republic of Rick (official selection Slamdance Festival 2014), Any Day Now (winner Audience Award Tribeca 2012, Music Box Films, 2012), The Most Fun You Can Have Dying (Chocolate Fish Pictures/Rialto 2012). The Republic of Two (Winner Chris Brinker Award San Diego Film Festival, official selection Hollywood Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Circus Road Films 2012), The Space Between (Official Tribeca Selection 2010, USA Films 2011), and The Truth Below (MTV Films 2011).