My love of horror films dates back to when I was a kid; my mom would take my sister and I to the local video store each week and we would pick out the scariest movie we could find (that we probably shouldn't have been watching in the first place). From those moments on, I was what you would consider a "horror fanatic". During my senior year of high school, I became interested in the art of screenwriting. I would find screenplays online, like Night of the Living Dead, and read them over and over again, fantasizing what it would be like to create one of my own. Being the driven, over-achiever that I am, once that thought was planted in my head, I could not get rid of it, nor did I want to.
I'll never forget it: in October 2009, after having a fight with my ex-boyfriend, I was having trouble sleeping. During the brief hour or two that I did get some shut-eye, something amazing happened. I had the most vivid and terrifying dream; I shot out of bed in the early morning hours and turned on my laptop. I had no idea what I was doing, but my fingers were moving too fast on the keys for me to care. I wrote every single day after that, and, after 3 weeks of reliving that "nightmare", I had my first (very rough) draft of my original screenplay, Silencing Salem. The sense of personal accomplishment was something I couldn't put into words at the time, but I would come to realize that I have found my passion.
Fast-forward to today, Silencing Salem has finally been perfected to where I feel comfortable and confident enough in my work to enter it into several large screenwriting competitions - I even let several peers read it, which was huge for me; I had a fear that someone would tear apart what I had worked so hard on, and what I so deeply believed in. Of course, now, I know feedback, both good and bad, is crucial to not only my success, but my growth as a writer, so I somehow managed to convince myself to welcome it all with open arms.
I have another idea burning in my head; the outline was completed a few summers ago, while sipping on mimosas on my mom's deck. Screenwriting is without a doubt my passion and my goal would be to see my name scroll by on the credits: "Screenplay by Meredith Odom".
Name: Meredith Odom
Lives in: Virginia Beach, Virginia