Monday’s Friend: Amy McCorkle
Today I’m pleased to welcome author, blogger, screenwriter and film maker Amy McCorkle to the blog as my guest.
SJT: When did you start writing?
AM: From a really early age. I was five years old and was voracious reader. I read pretty much anything I could get my hands on. As I got older movies became part of the routine. So now I write pretty much watch movies and pick up the occasional book. My bipolar disorder makes it difficult to sit and reign in my thoughts so movies are the preferred creative venue for me.
SJT: LETTERS TO DANIEL started out as a blog, then became a book, and now it’s being made into a film. Tell us bit more about this journey – how it came to be, and where it is now.
AM: “Letters” was never intended to be anything other than a safe space for me to go to vent and process in a therapeutic way about my recovery process. It has never been about making money. But when people responded to it the way that they did I was shocked and surprised. From then on it became about helping people and giving back to the mental health community. I collected a small portion of the letters and self-published them as a slender volume. It went to become a 2015 EPIC Awards Finalist in Non-Fiction. That book whenever I took to places always sold well if not out. I then made a zero budget proof of concept documentary which went on to screen at five festivals and win awards at three of them. I then co-wrote the feature screenplay. We are currently at a standstill with that and are considering making a better funded documentary to get to the kind of money we might need for a feature film.
SJT: You are obviously inspired by Daniel Craig. Who else inspires you and why?
AM: Maurice Benard and everyone else who battles this disease. God knows it’s hard to recover at all let alone make your way back and then you have find your voice and figure out what to do with it. Maurice is the star of General Hospital, he plays Sonny Corinthos, and his advocacy is the reason I got into treatment.
SJT: If you could go back in time and give your younger self one piece of advice, what age would you choose to visit and what would you tell her?
AM: I would go to my eleven year old self and tell her hang in there it’s going to get really rough but it’s going to get a lot better.
SJT: Have you got any other projects in the works at present?
AM: I’m currently working on Non-Fiction how-to-market from a bipolar person’s point of view book and the follow up to Forget Me Not in the Cooke & Cooke spy thriller/action adventure/romance series. And the Dear Maurice blog which is chronicling my journey with diabetes and an as yet to named documentary about bipolar disorder in the creative field.
Catch up with Amy and her various projects at the following links: