When I watch a movie or TV I like to be transported, to escape. My writing reflects that need to break from reality and to be a bit cheeky in the process. Ghosts, goddesses, demons and ethereal cats populate my magical worlds.
A bit about me, the person: I'm an American writer living in Oxford, England with my husband, two sons, and three cats. I've lived all over the world - in 6 countries outside of the US and 8 States. So far my favorite place is Florence, Italy with Cornwall, UK coming in at a close second. I was a theater major at Northwestern Univ and am full of Purple Pride!
Now about writing: I started in 2008 when life circumstances forced me to stop acting & directing and find a new creative outlet. My sometimes writing partner and I thought it would be a good idea to write a sequel to 'Northern Exposure.' Then we came to our senses and wrote 'Crossing the Divide.' A sweet and quirky pilot about sweet and quirky people in a sweet and quirky mountain town. It was optioned within 6 months of us finishing it. "Wow," we thought, "this writing thing is easy!" Then we came to our senses again. Since then we've written a feature, 'A Trick of the Light' (optioned) and 'Dazzleland' which was snapped by Mozark Productions and in development for a while. We've also collaborated on a handful of shorts.
All on my own I wrote an educational animated series about an adventure seeking Abakus (produced). Then I adapted the award-winning children's novel "Fintan Fedora the World's Worst Explorer." My project, 'When in Rome,' is a fantasy teen sitcom inspired by my years in an all-girls Catholic boarding school in the 80s in Italy. I currently have a short in post-production, The Kid Behind the Iron Door, about a young girl and her family in 1980s Iran.
I worked with the super smart environmentalists at University of Oxford creating a murder mystery-style game to teach people about climate change and adaptation. That was so much fun that I was commissioned to write two other bespoke murder mystery projects for another department within the University of Oxford.
In my spare time I teach Writing for Stage and Screen at Cornerstone Arts in Oxfordshire.
I've completed a short proof of concept for a series called 'Permanent Position' about a slacker girl who lands a job as a cruise director in the ship that ferries souls to the underworld. I have most of a very British comedy feature called 'Dominant Jean' about a group of single mothers who discover an exciting way to make some money - they become dominatrices. In very early stages are a romcom, an animated feature about cats, and a Christmas comedy. So a few different genres, but all a bit irreverent and many with fantasy, supernatural or magical elements.
When in Rome Comedy ⋄ Family It is 1982, Cardi is 14 and just starting at a new school; an all-girls Catholic boarding school in Rome. But Cardi's situation is unique; she's been sent here for a different kind of education: she is a Roman goddess who needs to learn what it is to be a mortal teen-ager.
Dazzleland Budget: $1M - $5M | Drama ⋄ Fantasy Claire, one of the many ghosts who call the derelict amusement park, Dazzleland, home foresees the coming of a dangerous new resident, the park's imminent destruction, and the uncovering of clues to her own murder. She must forge an alliance between the living and the dead in order to save her home and bring her murderer to justice.
Crossing the Divide Budget: $100K - $1M | Comedy ⋄ Drama CROSSING THE DIVIDE follows the Archer family through the joys and turmoils of life in a small town on the brink of becoming a boom town.
The Girl at the End of the World
Film (Comedy and Romance) Producer Dan & Katie are in a long distance relationship, but when a meteor hits the earth and knocks out all technology, they must battle oceans and continents to be together. Along the way, Katie's lifelong friend Sam declares his love for her, forcing Katie to choose between him or Dan! Does Katie risk losing her life long friend by choosing Dan or does she throw away everything she has built with Dan, for the boy next door? Written by Karl McGlone (Producer)
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