The Pastor's Wife
Young, wild and madly in love, Michael and Dana marry in a weird little Buddhist ceremony at a nudist colony. Two kids and twenty-five years later, Michael suddenly found God and became a pastor. Meanwhile Dana has no desire to give up her recreational drugs, cursing or new-age spiritual ways. She is still very much in love with the man she married, but doesn’t recognize him in the man sharing her home. Dana struggles to reconcile the life and marriage she always expected with her bizarre new role as the Pastor’s Wife.
Project Type:Television Script
Country of Origin:United States
I grew up in Norman, OK. It's not a big town, but not a small town. It's a college town: The University of Oklahoma -- where I later went to school. (Boomer Sooner!) I am the first (and so far, only) female in my family to graduate college.
We lived on the East side of town -- which was the poor side of town. My family wasn't poor, but we were far from wealthy – solid almost middle class. My father worked in “The City,” which in Oklahoma refers to Oklahoma City. He survived the Oklahoma City Bombing on April 19, 1995. That day made me realize that there are no "safe choices." He worked as an accountant. For the government. In Oklahoma City. The most stable, boring, safest life choices I can imagine and yet he almost died sitting at his desk. That day inspired me to make bold choices. I don't know if I would have had the courage to pursue television writing or move to Los Angeles without it. It made me realize life is unpredictable and short and I want to make the most of it.
I never fit it in Oklahoma. I like to think I was too smart and too forward-thinking for the state, but I may have just been too liberal. I didn’t realize how true this was until I joined Facebook and was disheartened to realize that most of the people I grew up with have terrible taste and shockingly narrow-minded views. I headed to Los Angeles right after graduating college, ready for something new. However, my current job working with kids at a church, my love of country music and my obsession with college football prove that I haven’t entirely abandoned my roots.
I love to write. Four of my television scripts have won five different writing contests/fellowships, including the Austin Film Festival. I worked in development for two different production companies and learned a lot from those opportunities. However, I found the long hours and endless pile of “to-read” scripts draining to my productivity as a writer. Currently, my day job with children and teenagers provides endless fodder for my writing and the time and flexibility to follow through and write. I also belong to a writing group and have taken several writing classes, including a stand-up class.
When I’m not writing, I enjoy indulging in my Groupon and eBay addictions, reading, watching way too much television, hiking, painting, party planning or spending time with my husband, tween stepdaughter and our ridiculously poorly-behaved dog.