Family lore is that I've been a writer since age three, according to my sweet mom, who amazingly wrote down every ditty, poem or story I made up while swinging in the backyard of our bungalow in Manhattan Beach in the very early 1950's. I would then beeline inside and recite my verbal compositions to her. I still have proof: one of the old brown grocery bags upon which my mother wrote what I recited, which I then illustrated with my crayons. Mom was both an actress--actually taught by playwright William Inge, true story--and a natural writer.
My very full 45-year career as a Master's Degree'd Speech-Language Pathologist took place in various settings that included clinics, nursing homes, children of all ages in special education settings, acute & subacute hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., Washington D.C. Hospital for Sick Children, and the Washington V.A. Hospital. I also worked in the first pilot program to assist military men who struggled with stuttering (all while I was on the brink of delivering my 10-lb. baby boy and was, at the same time, putting my then-husband through medical school). Just a FEW tantalizing and true stories are incubating in that paragraph alone, which suggests to me that it's quite likely that, in each of our unique histories, untold tales are just waiting to surface and become woven into stories suitable for stage, screen and both the written and spoken word..
In addition to lifelong writing in various formats, I'm also an active, healthy and delightedly-curious mom and grandmother, who is deeply grateful for the joy of family, the beauty of words and the gift of encouragement, which we can cheerfully extend to our colleagues on this treasure of a site for creativity and support!
My sincere best wishes and blessings upon you all!
Unique traits: Animal lover, laugh frequently out-loud when I'm amused (which seldom worries my analytical cat as she purrs through almost anything), super enjoy getting outdoors, love Jesus, love life, love to learn, and have an eduring love for the beauty of words in all their intricate dimensions.
"Secrets of Modeling A-Z"
Commercial by Elite Model Management Beverly Hills Writer Wrote long-form infomercial on modeling for girls adolescent-teens as well as upsells: a five- videocassete series and a book product-line
People Are Talking
Television by Community Cable TV City of Irvine writer, producer, host Cable series on communication
"Kilauren Brooks, DVM". Honorable Mention. Writer's Digest Magazine. Original Teleplay.
"Mermaid Crossing" three-quarters finalist. Austin Film Festival.
"Mermaid Crossing". Nicholl's Screenplay Fellowship three quarters finalist.
"Tricked Out'. Finalist in the American Film Institute's After School Special.
Certificate in Screenwriting Univ. of CA Irvine
Catholic Univ. of America, D.C., Master's Degree Speech-Language Pathology
UCLA, English Lit, B.A.
U.C. Davis, pre-vet