What is Purple PenWorks?
Purple PenWorks is the banner under which Cheryl McKay works on creative projects, penning film and television projects. She also now works as a producer on scripts she writes.
Cheryl became known as the “purple pen writer” during the release of Never the Bride, where the purple pen became a character in the story. Now, she always brainstorms her stories using a variety of purple pens.
The Vision Statement for Purple PenWorks is to create stories that touch hearts, have redeeming value, cause people to think about what they believe and how they live their lives, bring about change for the good, stories that make a person ask questions, stories that bring hope to those who’ve lost sight of it, or stories that remind us that beauty and good can come from difficult and painful situations.
Biography for Cheryl McKay:
Cheryl McKay has been professionally writing since 1997. Cheryl wrote the screenplay for The Ultimate Gift, based on Jim Stovall’s novel. The award-winning film stars James Garner, Brian Dennehy, and Abigail Breslin and was released in theaters by Fox in 2007. The Ultimate Gift won a Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival, received three Movieguide Nominations, winning one of the Ten Best Family Films of 2007, and won a CAMIE Award, for one of the Top Ten Films of the year. Cheryl also co-wrote Extraordinary which was produced in 2016. And she co-wrote Indivisible, which goes into production in October 2016. Both were based on true, inspiring stories. Cheryl also wrote the DVD for Gigi: God’s Little Princess, another book adaptation based on the book by Sheila Walsh, as well as the Wild and Wacky, Totally True Bible Stories audio series and books with Frank Peretti. She wrote a half-hour drama for teenagers about high school violence, called Taylor’s Wall. It was produced in Los Angeles by Family Theater Productions. She wrote a script called Greetings from the Flipside, commissioned by Art Within, after winning a year-long fellowship. It’s currently being adapted into a novel for B&H Publishing (with Rene Gutteridge). Her screenplay, Never the Bride, has been adapted into a novel for Random House Publishers and was released in June 2009. The film version is in development. She also wrote the screenplay for A Friend for Maddie. Cheryl recently relocated to Atlanta, Georgia after living in Los Angeles for 15 years. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Chris, who is a photographer, a musician and video editor.
A Note from Cheryl McKay:
Whether you are a friend, a family member, a fellow alumni from Act One or Regent, or just someone who wants to follow my writing career, thank you so much for your interest. This will be a good place to be kept up to date on what I’m up to, what films are going into production or what projects will be releasing either as a book or film. I’ll be sharing photos and stories from the film production process.
And for those of you who are aspiring writers out there: welcome to the team. It’s a crazy profession, but a lot of fun. I encourage you to write only what you are passionate about, find a way to put yourself somewhere in your writing, never stop learning, and get your work critiqued by those who know you or through professional critique services. (Due to time constraints, I no longer critique scripts.) You may only get one chance to submit a project and you want to make sure it’s your best. Oh, and write every day! Seriously. Even if it’s just for twenty minutes.
I have been writing since I was five years old. That year I wrote my first play. I wrote my first novel at age seven. (Well, I called it a novel. Really, it was a collection of silly short stories with kooky illustrations.) I haven’t stopped writing since. I absolutely love it; it’s practically my favorite thing to do.
A Word About Writing Projects:
I get a lot of requests from people with story ideas they need written into scripts or from book authors who want me to consider adapting their books into screenplays. Time permitting, I would be honored to consider your project if it’s been picked up and funded by a production entity and you are ready to hire a writer. Please email: cheryl (at) purplepenworks (dot) com to supply a short synopsis (2-3 sentences max), the name of the production company and/or producer you are working with on the project, website links, and your contact information. For any one who works for a production company looking for material to produce can email me as well to request loglines or synopses. Please supply your name, title, company name, and website. If you have a preferred genre, specify that as well.
Special Thanks to Heather Gebbia for designing the Purple PenWorks artwork and to Christopher Price, Lisa Crates, and Vincent Wallace for photos.