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.

Read is the author of the autobiographical screenwriting handbook Shaping True Story into Screenplay. 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, in collaboration with memoirists and other true-story tellers.

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 National University, Antioch University, Community College of Denver, Red Rocks Community College and Metropolitan State University of Denver. She currently teaches screenwriting for Denver Center for Performing Arts and Lighthouse Young Writers Program.

She is an award-winning essayist, and her nonfiction has been published in the literary journals Peralta Press and Pudding House Press, online at girlstrektoo.com, fullgrownpeople.com, Pubslush, International Screenwriters Association, and The Rumpus. She was also a feature journalist for the Colorado-based print magazine Elevated Living.

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

She lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.