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RICKY RICHMOND (30’s) is a suffocating wife and mother who yearns to escape the redneck town she’s stuck in to chase big time dreams as a novelist. If she had her way, she would co-write a book and go on tour with the famous mystery writer, Peter Searle, who intentionally shrouds his face on his book covers and at book signings as part of his “mysterious” persona. But in order to follow her passion and escape the sticks, she’s got to keep a shameful secret under wraps; a secret that is about to cost her $60 thousand dollars.

Surrounded by toothless townies, smelly fishermen, and hunters who wear entirely too much camouflage, her only solace is her three like-minded friends who also want more out of their lives. But when those friends give in to death, drama, and fear, Ricky’s hunger for success grows even more, triggering her to ditch her squeaky-clean persona and choose that of a drug running diva instead.

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  • Syracuse Press Club Professional Recognition Award (1)
    Syracuse NY
    May 1, 2007
    Television Investigative Story (Second Place) For "Police Officers Double Dipping" Series
  • Syracuse Press Club Professional Recognition Award (2)
    Syracuse NY
    May 1, 2010
    Television MiniSeries (Second Place) "Sky Battle: Mercy Flight vs. Air One"
Writer Biography

Joleene Moody is a former central New York television reporter and anchor turned freelance writer, ghostwriter, and screenwriter. For the past 15 years, Joleene has penned three of her own books, hundreds of human interest and news articles, and a produced play that debuted in Syracuse in 2014. Her own personal writing includes a screenplay, a stage play, and two television pilot ideas. Because of her knowledge and experience in television writing, she has been contracted by clients to write scripts for video, too. Joleene prides herself on her ability to create engaging content, no matter the subject. Often with wit and a sense of humor, Joleene can take an otherwise unexciting topic and color it just enough to keep the reader interested and engaged.

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Writer Statement

In my previous life, I was a television reporter and anchor. I chased fires and criminals and hounded politicians in an effort to bring viewers the shiniest, most compelling six o’clock news segment in the city of Syracuse. Most times I succeeded. Other times, not so much.

For ten years I chased those criminals and fires. Until the day I got punched in the face by a 15-year-old juvenile who was angry that the man who pleaded not guilty for murdering his aunt, dared utter those words. He didn’t understand due process. So after he and fifty other friends and family burst out of the courtroom in a rage, that angry young man took his frustration out on the first reporter he saw. Me.

That blow to the face was my wake up call. It told me I wasn’t where I belonged. It warned me that the longer I stayed in a place doing work I didn’t really love, the longer I would suffer. So I quit.

I started my journey as an entrepreneur and writer in 2010. I became a professional speaker and author, standing on any stage that would have me, spouting the truth of why we need to ignore the cultural norm of “get a job,” and follow the desires that live inside us instead. In 2014, I shifted my business to become a full-time writer. I dove head first into television writing, hiring a coach and spending time at television festivals and workshops. To support myself, I began to ghostwrite books for others. This is where I am today.

The attached script, ‘Sticks’, is a satiric reflection of that “get a job” cultural norm. This hour-long dramedy tracks the journey of four women in a redneck town who want more out of life, and will stop at nothing to get what they want. While one turns to running heroin across the Canadian border to fund her dreams as a novelist, another contemplates murder so she can set up an alpaca sock company on Cherry Island in the Thousand Islands.

Having spent so many years running away from my own passions, I wanted to create an amusing, but true-to-life series, that would encourage viewers to take the necessary risks (murder and drug-running not included) to pursue the truth of who they are. I wanted to wake them up to the fact that, while so many of us choose to merely exist and settle for less, they don’t have to. It doesn’t matter who they are, where they come from, how old they are, or what they did in the past, they can have, do, or be anything they want.

I am a college graduate. A certified life coach. A mom, and a friend.
I am a business owner. A wife. A dog lover, and a geek.
I listen. I learn. I fail. I succeed.

Writing is who I am and what I am meant to do. Sharing my voice and my stories with the world doesn’t just fulfill my passions, but, when told with fervor and truth, fills everyone else’s, too. I learned a long time ago that not everything is about me. The second I realized that everything changed, and my pen caught fire. The right stories came out. And all was right in my little corner of the world.

Thank you for the opportunity to submit.