I write features and specialize in historical fiction. I enjoy mining history for hidden gems -- people who may have fallen to footnotes but who have rich stories to share. As a former journalist, I am skilled at research, including navigating databases of old newspapers to pluck just the right headline or anecdote that will lend an authentic flair to my script. As a writer for my entire professional career, I am skilled at deftly weaving facts with fiction.
My subjects often focus on a unique genre of true crime: serial killers. A Jack the Ripper origin story that I wrote placed as a quarterfinalist in the Nicholl Fellowship in 2010. That script took place at a Victorian-era zoo and, indeed, was inspired by a seasonal job I once held as a tour guide at a large zoo. An animal lover, I also write about the human-animal bond, a theme best expressed in a recent project about a Victorian-era elephant and his keeper.
I am a Michigan native who worked for five small and mid-sized newspapers around the country before pursuing my screenwriting goals. I moved to Los Angeles three years ago after earning my MFA in screenwriting from DePaul University in Chicago.
Unique traits: Short (4-feet-11-inches and possibly shrinking). Horse lover who once spent six weeks in Spain as a groom. Youngest of five and only daughter.
Jumbo's Keeper Budget: $10M - $30M | Historical When an introverted, awkward zoo keeper transforms a sickly baby elephant into the celebrity sensation Jumbo, he must battle notorious circus impresario PT Barnum over control of the beloved animal. Inspired by true events.
Girl of The Palio Budget: $5M - $10M | Sports In Siena, Italy, a talented but reckless young jockey threatens local tradition when she vows the be the first woman in recent history to race The Palio, a centuries' old, rough-and-tumble race around the city plaza.
The Confessor Historical ⋄ Drama In 1936 New York, a vigilant psychiatrist battles a prosecutor and the court of public opinion when he fights to spare the life of confessed child killer Albert Fish.