Wendall Thomas | Author

Lefty and Macavity nominee for Best Debut Mystery of 2017





The passenger list in Wendall Thomas’s Drowned Under is a cavalcade of randy former nuns, gigolos, stowaways, near-extinct marsupials...and one brilliantly sexy disaster of a globetrotting travel agent named Cyd Redondo. Thanks to her wildly creative mind, the fruits of which produce frequent affronts to her dignity, Cyd is easily one of my favorite amateur sleuths in fiction today. Thomas’s writing flows effortlessly, and her plotting is complex but perfectly tied together. This is a remarkable novel in what is shaping up to be an exciting and hilarious series. Don’t miss Drowned Under or its predecessor, Lost Luggage. You’ll love Cyd, perhaps the funniest heroine out there. Highest recommendation.

                 - James W. Ziskin, Anthony and Macavity award winning author of the Ellie Stone mysteries



Bravo. Cyd Redondo, Redondo Travel, is at it again. What a wonderful sequel to Lost Luggage. With her clever mind, tart comebacks, and Balenciaga tote bag, Cyd is a fearsome force. I love her pluck, the way she digs her way out of trouble, and her willingness to do everything  she can—even die—for her clientele. What a heroine for the modern age. Do not miss this!

          - Daryl Wood Gerber, Agatha award-winning national bestselling author of the Cookbook Nook and French Bistro Mysteries.



Drowned Under is laugh out loud funny. With its finely tuned timing and zany, emotional protagonist, this novel puts Thomas in a class with Carl Hiassen and Janet Evanovitch.

          - Nancy Tingley, Lefty nominated author of the Jenna Murphy mysteries




Author Wendall Thomas @ Book Soup

Author Wendall Thomas @ Book Soup


Wendall Thomas teaches in the Graduate Film School at UCLA, lectures internationally on screenwriting, and has worked as an entertainment reporter, development executive, script consultant, and film and television writer. Her first Cyd Redondo novel, Lost Luggage, was nominated for the Lefty and Macavity Awards for Best Debut Mystery of 2017. Her second, Drowned Under, is now available and her short fiction appears in the crime anthologies Ladies Night (2015), Last Resort (2017), and Murder-A-Go-Go’s (2019).  


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), was nominated for the Lefty and Macavity Awards for Best Debut Mystery of 2017 and her short fiction has appeared in the LA crime anthologies Ladies Night (2015), Last Resort (2017) and Murder A-Go-Gos (2019). Her second Cyd Redondo novel, Drowned Under, is available now.

In addition to writing and consulting, she is in her twenty-third 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.  She has presented her "Wendall Thomas Talks Scripts" series at the Melbourne International Film Festival since 2011 and is presenting 24 lectures for Screen Queensland in 2019/2020.

Her student/client projects include Lethal Weapon (Fox, 2019), Bloodline (Momentum Pictures, 2019), 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).