WINNER Stage 32 Feature Screenplay Contest, FL Screenwriting Competitions (2)
FINALIST Screencraft Screenplay Competition, Richmond International Film Festival Screenplay Competition, Creative World Awards & Big Break Pilot Competitions
PUBLISHED AUTHOR The Pink House, A Novel (Apprentice House, 2016); Wait Until Tomorrow: A Daughter’s Memoir (Feminist Press, 2011); Picara, A Novel (Livingston Press, 2009); From May to December, A Novel (Serpent’s Tail Press, 2008); Time to Say Goodbye, A Novel (Serpent’s Tail Press, 2006): The Language of Sharks, Short Stories (Serpent’s Tail Press, 2004); Sweet Fire, A Novel (Serpent’s Tail Press, 2001)
BRAND Strong female leads & stories inspired by true events
The Pink House. Genre: Dramedy. Logline: A hard-drinking, struggling actress and her altruistic sister join forces with a group of women inmates in a drama program to keep their prison from being privatized by an unscrupulous senator and the assistant warden.
Singing in the Free World. Genre: Indie Drama. Logline: After serving a stint in a women's prison, an ex-addict strives to turn her life around by studying writing with an alcoholic father-figure.
The Bridge Builder. Genre: Faith-based drama, based on a true story. Logline: A former congressman winds up as an American political prisoner after he embarks on a peace mission to try to avert a war. A true story based on the books, A Deadly Misunderstanding: A Congressman’s Quest to Bridge the Muslim-Christian Divide by Mark Siljander (2008) and At War With Peace by Mark Siljander (forthcoming/co-written by me).
Shelley's Heart. Genre: Historical bio-pic. Could be developed as a mini-series. Logline: When sixteen-year-old Mary Godwin, daughter of the famous radicals, Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, meets the notorious poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, she is smitten, and the two desert their friends and family for the life of romanticism, but with great passion comes great heartbreak as Mary discovers.
Gilded Cages. Genre: One-hour serialized drama. Premium Cable, Cable. Logline: A woman journalist in the early 1900s seeks answers when an heiress goes missing. Comparable Shows: The Knick meets Downton Abby.
Drive. Genre: One-hour serialized dramedy. Network. Logline: After learning that her father has a terminal illness, an aspiring journalist turns down a job at the New York Times and instead takes a job at NASCAR News where she fights to make a name for herself in a male-dominated world. Nashville meets Friday Night Lights.
Cooks & Books. Genre: Half-hour serialized dramedy. Network. Logline: A down-and-out chef, who has lost his sense of smell, forms a grudging alliance with a culinary student, who works as a stripper to pay tuition, to keep each other's secrets. Mozart in the Jungle meets Burnt.