MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: MILLIE WEST
Each month, we spotlight one of our members, selected at random. This month we feature Millie West, the author of four novels and 10 screenplays. Overall, her screenplays have won 26 awards and recognitions. Of these, 11 were "Best Screenplay" awards for Cat Island (4), Dr. Portia (3), Mary Jane's Last Dance (3) and Catherine's Cross (1). Her biggest success has been Dr. Portia, the story of Blythewood's first female physician, with 10 awards and recognitions.
West began her screenwriting journey following a presentation she did in Beaufort about Catherine's Cross, one of her novels. Afterwards, a "kindly lady" told West she enjoyed the book and that it would make a good movie. So, West studied several how-to books, but the last one she read was most helpful: The Screenwriters Bible by Dave Trottier.
Research is West's favorite part of screenwriting, which is how she learns about intriguing South Carolina heroines whose lives she previously had known little about. SCWA, like West, hopes to see her work on the big screen one day.