Amy A Dunkleberger


A native of Washington, D.C. and longtime California resident, my debut novel After the Blue Rain, set in postwar L.A., came out in late 2022 under my pen name A.D. Price.

If there's truth to the old saw about writing being a journey not a destination, then I've been a happy wanderer for decades. My path to mystery writing has taken more turns than a Dashiell Hammett plot, but like a good Hammett plot, it all makes sense in the end. ​

Over the years, I've worked as both a freelance and staff writer, penning everything from biographical and historical pieces to publicity material and study guides. I've written for such diverse companies as, Netflix, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and educational publisher Enslow Press.​ I'm also the author of the Emmy-winning screenplay Other Mothers.

It was during my stint as a staff writer for the encyclopedic American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films that I uncovered the people and places that would become the characters and milieu of my first novel. For ten years, I immersed myself in the crazy, sad and triumphant decades of the 1930s and 1940s. The movies that reflected those times — the joyful screwballs, heartfelt war dramas, alluring noir tales — I fell in love with them all. And many moons later, I tapped my experience with those decades to create my own stories.