Thrilled! My screenplay “Amelia Was Here,” is a finalist at La Femme International Film Festival in Beverly Hills, October 18-22. I’ll be attending and on the look-out for a producer or director for my screenplays! I’m excited about networking with filmmakers! The comedy screenplay is based on Amelia Earhart’s unexpected visit to my hometown of Gaffney, SC in 1930.  That much is true, but the rest is fiction!

La Femme International Film Festival

My screenplay adaptation of Catherine’s Cross was a finalist at La Femme International Film Festival in Beverly Hills, CA, October 20-23, 2016. I mailed out over 130 invitations to movie producers, directors, and stars! I hope that film industry professionals will be interested in the screenplay.

I didn’t win the competition, but I had a wonderful time in Los Angeles. I even shook Wolfgang Puck’s hand. People in Los Angeles are so nice, and I enjoyed the learning experience!


Upcoming events:

  • May 5, 2018 Arts on the Ridge, Century House, Ridgeway, SC 
  • Signing books from 10:00 am until 3:00. I’ll be speaking at 12:30 on the porch of the Century House!
  • Seattle International Film Festival, attending June 6-10, 2018, my screenplay, “Amelia Was Here!” is a semi-finalist!

South Carolina Artisan’s Gallery

I was thrilled to find out that both my novels, The Cast Net and Catherine’s Cross were chosen by jury to be included in the art gallery at the South Carolina Artisan’s Center in Walterboro, South Carolina. The center features the artwork of South Carolinians.

Web address:http://www.scartisanscenter.com/

Located near Charleston, SC, The South Carolina Artisans Center is home to the state’s most talented artists and artisans. Whether the medium be clay, metal, glass, wood fiber or film, more than 250 juried artists guarantee work of exceptional quality. Come and find South Carolina’s most unique garden sculptures, loomed shawls, hand-made jewelry, photography and sweet grass baskets.
South Carolina’s Official Folk Art and Craft Center
The South Carolina Artisans Center’s mission is to interpret, market, preserve and perpetuate the folk art and fine craftsmanship of South Carolina Artisans while creating a better understanding of our rich and diverse cultural heritage. Come see the best South Carolina has to offer in handcrafted art.
I’m so excited to be included!








Looking for readers!

I am looking for readers who would like to give me their opinion of the beginning of the novel I am currently working on. It is the sequel to The Cast Net and is about the redemption of a wayward character, Jeff Radcliffe. I’d love to have feedback. Please contact me at author@milliewestauthor.com   I look forward to hearing from you!

Outstanding Book Signing Event in Prosperity!

Many thanks to Betty and Rhonda at the Towne Square Antique Mall in Prosperity, South Carolina for hosting a successful book signing event for me this past Saturday. I had a wonderful time and met many nice people!

This Thursday, May 10th, I will be signing The Cast Net in Chapin at Palmetto Fine Arts, 107 Virginia Street, Chapin, South Carolina. This will be in conjunction with an art show from 6:00PM until 9:00PM.

On Sunday, May 13th, during 2nd Sunday on King Street, I will signing The Cast Net at the Reinert LePrince Gallery, 179 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina. I will start signing The Cast Net at 1:00PM. Hope to see you at one of these events!

Why Did I Write The Cast Net?

My novel, The Cast Net, has recently been released. Several people who have read my work have asked me what inspired my writing.

I have wanted to be a writer since I was in college. One of my favorite professors, David Danow, encouraged me to write, but told me you have to live awhile and experience life to write effectively. I think he was correct. Thirty years later, I sat down to write The Cast Net.

At first, I wanted to create a mystery/suspense novel, but as I developed the characters they started to explore present day social issues that I consider very important. My characters deal with situations of domestic violence, and overcoming the bonds of poverty through education.

I worry that in present day America there is a lack of unity among us. The Cast Net is a story of individuals reaching out with kindness and support, without passing judgement on one another for their differences.  Something we should all strive for!

Welcome to my website!

Welcome to my web-site. A “cast net” symbolizes humanitarianism to me. The woven strands of the net reflect the common threads that bind all of humanity together and the need for kindness and dignity in our lives. A successful cast in life means opening your heart to, and accepting those individuals who are different from you. These are central themes that are woven through my story, I hope the symbolism of a cast net becomes a part of you life like it has mine.