“A clear and accessible guide that turns the basics of screenwriting toward the task of telling one’s true story.” –Mitchell Levin, Senior Story Analyst, DreamWorks

“Candace Kearns Read has a knack for whipping a weak script into shape. She is tough, but in the kindest way. This book will be an invaluable resource to all writers and directors.” –Jeff Woolnough, TV Director

“Having relied on Candace’s instincts, judgment, and clarity, I can testify that she is the absolute best, and consider Shaping True Story Into Screenplay a great gift. So will anyone who reads it.” — Robert Palmer, Manager of Anthony Hopkins, Faye Dunaway, and Dick Van Dyke

“Candace Kearns Read is an extremely talented screenwriter and story analyst. Anyone intending to develop material based on ‘real life’ will benefit from the wisdom and experience found within these pages.” — Ben Press, Manager/Producer

“Candace is a highly regarded script analyst and writer. Top agents in Hollywood wouldn’t let their A-list clients make a move on a script until Candace signed off on it with her insightful, smart and savvy analysis. In this book, Candace impeccably shares her great skill and creativity to help screenwriters, and expertly enables you to develop your greatest possession into a compelling screenplay, by guiding you to write what you know best: Yourself.” –Tony Greco, Director/Producer


“Candace Kearns Read writes with the propulsive energy of someone who knows that saving your life isn’t a one-time thing, but ongoing work, destined to happen again and again. THE ROPE SWING is the story of trying to keep a heart open against all the forces that would try to shut it down. But the real wonder is all the light on the page, “so awake and warmed by inner fires.” –Paul Lisicky, author of The Narrow Door

“Honest, compassionate, and full of deep, vivid, observation, Candace Kearns Read’s The Rope Swing lays bare the ripple effects of growing up with emotional and financial uncertainty, and shows the bravery necessary to both make peace with and break free from one’s past.” –Gayle Brandeis, author of The Book of Dead Birds

The Rope Swing offers comfort in those lonely hours when many of us wonder, ‘Is my family really crazy or is it all in my head?’ If you have to ask, it’s real. Candace Kearns Read offers a candid invitation into her upside-down world, and in so doing confirms our own. Read exquisitely expresses the broken promise of motherly love, the redemption of daughterly forgiveness, and the hope of mothering the broken child within us all.” –Cara Lopez Lee, author of They Only Eat Their Husbands

“I didn’t just read about Candace’s hippie childhood, her life as a Hollywood scriptwriter, and the crazy mother who challenged her every step of the way—I became immersed in her world. The Rope Swing does what all great memoirs do: it tells a unique but thoroughly relatable story.” –Shari Caudron, author of Who Are You People? A Personal Journey into the Heart of Fanatical Passion in America 

The Rope Swing is an honest and touching exploration of a complicated mother-daughter relationship.  With sensitivity and insight, it shows how the past ripples into the present. None of us can ever completely walk away from our childhoods, nor would we want to.  The past shapes the present, and only in an honest accounting can we reject the harmful and celebrate the good.” –Laila Ibrahim, author of The Yellow Crocus

“Candace Kearns Read writes about growing up in her family with a sharp eye for the absence and the presence of love and belonging. Her memoir, largely set in California in the 1970’s, is like opening a time capsule to a complex psychological environment. The Rope Swing is a poignant tug on the tethers and tensions between mothers and daughters and is a profound look at when to hold onto family and when it’s time to let go.” –Elaine Gale, creator of the one-woman show One Good Egg

“Candace allows us to ride along on her rope swing so we can all see how our childhood and family dynamics affect how we view the world.  Some simply survive while others like Candace use those challenges to thrive.” –Erika Armstrong, author of A Chick in the Cockpit