T. Siena was thrilled to have her screenplay, Border Dogs "el Corrido de los Perros" chosen as one of the ISA's Fast Track grand prize winners for 2019. This TV drama series pilot was also a quarter-finalist for Bluecat 2019 and received Honorable Mention in Writer's Digest screenplay competition in 2018.
Born in the US to a mother who was a religious zealot and a father who was an international arms dealer, T. Siena grew up with a sharper than average survival instinct and a healthy dose of moral ambiguity. The "good guys" in her world were animals and the "bad guys" wore uniforms or promised salvation, or both.
As a child, to escape her chaotic and often violent homelife, she would create worlds in her mind and people them with characters she wish really existed. When she began writing her stories, she was drawn to longer, intense narratives, driven by compelling character ensembles that were set in complex and richly imagined worlds. She thought these stories were novels. Was sure in fact. So sure that her first manuscript, Kentucky Blood was chosen as "Best of Novel" at Writer's in Paradise Conference in 2014 and endorsed by Best-selling authors Tom Franklin, Smonk, and Dennis Lehane, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island.
Soon after, she began working on Border Dogs, but try as she might she couldn't make it fit the novel form and began to study the art of screenwriting. She found the screenplay format to be a perfect fit.
When her literary agent asked her to revisit Kentucky Blood and make some changes that were requested by her editor, T. Siena re-read her manuscript and was surprised to find that what she'd written wasn't a "novel," with a beginning, middle and end, but instead, was an episodic tale, the entire first season of a TV Drama Series!
As the product of a family of cultural and religious opposites, T. Siena has enjoyed multiple perspectives and inhabited many roles, including mother, teacher, advocate, optometric physician and founder of an animal sanctuary. But her passions have remained unchanged and she looks forward to creating more compelling stories in prose and pictures that have something unique to say, and make us feel less alone in our increasingly fragmented landscapes.