Candace Kearns Read grew up in Los Angeles.  She received her B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University and worked at the talent and literary agencies ICM and WME in Los Angeles for many years as a story analyst. She worked as a personal script reader for Anthony Hopkins, Marlon Brando, director Roger Spottiswoode, Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Denzel Washington, Nicolas Cage, John Wells Productions, Castle Rock Productions, and Village Roadshow Pictures, and countless other actors, agencies, managers and production companies.

She has written many original screenplays, several of which have been optioned by producers and developed with Fox, Disney, and Lifetime.  She has also written many screenplays on commission. Her 1998 script Home Games, based on the life of Chicago Cubs “baseball wife” Michelle Grace Liotta, was produced by HBO.

Read is the author of the autobiographical screenwriting handbook Shaping True Story into Screenplay. She is frequently hired by nonfiction authors and filmmakers to assist with adaptations of their true stories into books, plays and screenplays.

In 2001, she earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She has taught creative writing, screenwriting, composition, and literature for After School Enrichment programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District, National University, Antioch University, Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Lighthouse Young Writers Progam. She currently teaches Lighthouse Writers Workshop’s Young Writers Program in Denver.

She is an award-winning essayist, and her nonfiction has been published in the literary journals Peralta Press and Pudding House Press, online at and,,, international screenwriters association, The Rumpus. She was also a feature journalist for the Colorado-based print magazine Elevated Living.

In 2013, Read wrote the screenplay adaptation of the book Smaldone: The Untold Story of An American Crime Family, which has sold over 20,000 copies and is on the bestseller lists in several Colorado bookstores. She is also the co-author of Bogie’s Bike, a memoir by publicist-to-the-stars Robert Palmer.

Her memoir The Rope Swing was published by Eagle Wings Press in 2016.

She lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.