Who am I? I’m the tall person standing next to you. Randy Newman wrote a great song about it called “Short People.” You can find it on his album “Little Criminals.” Seriously, people come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. It’s a beautiful thing.
As a writer, I’m drawn to the dark side of human nature. What makes criminals tick? What is driving their obsession or anger? On the screen, crime stories deliver big emotional payoffs when the monster is captured or slain. In real life, justice is often delayed or never realized. I’m interested in strong female characters, family secrets, moral dilemmas, and forensic science. I’m also excited about creating challenging and compelling roles for women in film. If you are a director or producer looking at my profile, I want you to take my crude painting and turn it into your masterpiece. My script is only the beginning. I’m here to help you achieve your vision on the screen.
I love using true crime stories as a jumping off point for my writing. My screenplay, “Cadaverine,” was inspired by a bizarre road rage case from 2000. A powder puff Bichon Frisé, Leo, was grabbed from her owner’s lap and thrown into oncoming traffic after a rear-end collision near the San Jose International Airport. As a dog lover, I wondered what would drive someone to commit such a senseless act of violence. Another true crime story from 2014 intrigued me. A church pastor and his wife from Burnet, TX were accused of abusing their own children. My screenplay in progress, “The Hiding Place,” will examine the damage of family secrets and the long path of redemption and healing for children from dysfunctional families.
My other writing passion is blogging. For better or worse, I always have something to say. I enjoy writing about science, music, and spirituality. You can visit my web page at hollyjurbergs.com.