Candace Kearns Read grew up in Los Angeles, and then attended New York University, earning a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing. She began her career as a reader for production companies including John Wells Productions and Village Roadshow Pictures, and talent and literary agencies including William Morris Agency (Now William Morris Endeavor) and International Creative Management. For several years, she worked as an Executive Story Analyst, reporting directly to the head of the motion picture talent department at ICM. She has also been a personal script reader for A-list actors and directors, including Anthony Hopkins and Marlon Brando. She’s written many original screenplays and many scripts on commission. Some of these scripts have been optioned and put in development with production companies at Fox and Disney as well as independent producers.
In 2001, she earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Nonfiction) from Antioch University Los Angeles. She has taught creative writing, screenwriting, composition, and literature for National University, Antioch University, Community College of Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is the author of the handbook Shaping True Story into Screenplay , and her nonfiction has been published in Peralta Press, Pudding House Press, online at suite 101.com and girlstrektoo.com, and in magazines such as DiningOut and Elevated Living. One of her essays recently won an Honorable Mention Award in New Milllenium Writings’ Winter Contest.
In 2002, she moved to Morrison, Colorado, where she continues to work as a writer, story analyst, screenwriter and professor. Her memoir Under the Influence is currently looking for a publisher.