Nationally Bestselling and Award-winning Author

Deborah Goodrich Royce

Deborah Goodrich Royce's literary thrillers examine puzzles of identity. Reef Road, a Publishers Weekly’s Bestseller, was named one of the Best Books of 2023 by Kirkus Reviews, an Indie Next Pick by the American Bookseller’s Association, and one of Good Morning America’s Top 15 for January 2023. Ruby Falls won the Zibby Award for Best Plot Twist in 2021, and Finding Mrs. Ford was hailed by Forbes, Book Riot, and Good Morning America’s “best of” lists in 2019.

The Ocean House Author Series—a salon style conversation that Deborah created in partnership with Bank Square Books—brings world-class authors and readers together in the stunning seaside location of Watch Hill, RI. The series has featured a wide range of fiction and non-fiction writers including Chris Bohjalian, Katie Couric, Emma Straub, and dozens more. With fellow authors Luanne Rice and Amy Scheibe, she is currently creating the Deer Mountain Writers’ Retreat in the Catskills. Deborah writes a quarterly column for Hey Rhody Magazine, sharing her book recommendations and news with the Ocean State.

Deborah began her career as an actress, starring as Silver Kane, sister of the legendary Erica Kane (played by Susan Lucci) on the ABC soap, All My Children. She went on to star in feature films such as April Fool’s Day and Just One of the Guys, TV movies such as Return to Peyton Place and The Deliberate Stranger, and series such as Beverly Hills 90210 and 21 Jump Street.

After the birth of her daughters, she moved with her family to Paris and worked as a reader for le Studio Canal Plus. In the 1990's, Deborah was the story editor at Miramax Films in New York. There, she oversaw readers, manuscript acquisitions, and script development, editing such notable screenplays as Emma by Doug McGrath, and early versions of Chicago and A Wrinkle in Time. With writing partner, Mitch Giannunzio, Deborah won a grant from the Massachusetts Arts Council in 2002 to develop and workshop their original screenplay, Susan Taft Has Run Amok.

With her husband, noted small-cap investor, Chuck Royce, Deborah restored the1939 Avon Theatre in Stamford, CT. Under her leadership, the Avon hosted an ongoing series of film luminaries, most recently, Mira Nair, Richard Gere and Chloe Sevigny. The late Gene Wilder, a longstanding Avon advisory board member, was an early advocate for Deborah’s writing. Deborah and Chuck have restored several hotels (Ocean House, Deer Mountain Inn, Weekapaug Inn, and The Margin Street Inn), a bookstore (Martin House Books in Westerly, RI), and numerous other "Main Street" buildings in Westerly, RI and Tannersville, NY.

Deborah serves on the governing and/or advisory boards of New York Botanical Garden, the American Film Institute, the Greenwich International Film Festival, Greenwich Historical Society, the Preservation Society of Newport, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, and PRASAD. She is a former trustee of the YWCA of Greenwich, the Garden Conservancy, and the Avon Theatre where she served as board chair.

Deborah holds a bachelor’s degree in modern foreign languages and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Lake Erie College. She is receiving her second doctorate of humane letters in May 2024 from the University of Rhode Island.