Gayla Betts

Gayla Betts

Screenwriter in Normal, Illinois

About Gayla

I specialize in writing Christmas scripts that resonate with family, love, and sometimes a touch of magic.

When I was a child I believed I could do whatever I wanted. I wrote stories.

Then, I joined the "real" world. I worked hard to become a corporate executive where I learned about pressure, deadlines, deliverables, responsibility, and teamwork. I also discovered I wasn’t fulfilling my purpose.

It took awhile, but I finally remembered what I loved to do best – write stories.

I used what I learned and applied it to what I love to do. I’m back to believing.

Now an award-winning screenwriter with a masters certificate in screenwriting, I write Christmas spec scripts, and review Christmas movies each season at

I’m also available for writing assignments, including adaptations, rewrites, and translating your vision into a screenplay.

"Every day can be Christmas."

~ Gayla Betts

Gayla Betts

Name: Gayla Betts

Lives in: Normal, Illinois


Occupation: Screenwriter

Unique traits: Silversmith Animal Lover Guilt-ridden Gardener Triathlete Trained Investigator


  • Devil's Deal

    Devil's Deal (2015)
    Film (short) by 9 Pie Pictures Co-Producer

  • Half & Half

    Half & Half
    Film (short) by Soldier Monkey Productions Associate Producer


  • Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL)

  • Illinois State University (Normal, IL)

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)

  • ScreenwritingU

Desert Island Movies

Gayla's Profile Statistics

  • Since: October 2012
  • Last online: > 2 weeks ago
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