Woodstock resident Cheryl McKay Price is an author and screenwriter who was part of the “Indivisible” project. We asked her to tell us how she became involved.
Our director and co-writer, David G. Evans, and his wife, Esther, heard about Darren and Heather’s story, and strongly felt like it should be a movie. They worked on this heart project for years, then found production companies that caught the same vision and were interested in partnering with them on making the film. I was very honored to be brought on board by one of those companies that wanted my help on the female side of the story, and what was going on back home with the wives and kids. I loved working with David, and his passion for this family was evident. What drew me to the story was that, at its heart, it was a “save a marriage” story. I had just co-written “Extraordinary” earlier that same year, another true life “save a marriage” story. What I loved about the Turners’ story is the irony that Darren set out to help others with their marriages, yet almost lost his own.
The week I started the job, I was supposed to have a Skype call with Darren and Heather. Darren called me and said, “I’m in Canton today. Where are you?” I was ecstatic to find he was only about 6 miles away from me in Woodstock. So, we had the opportunity to meet in person. I had a couple of hours to ask them questions about how they met, fell in love, their favorite memories, what their marriage was like, and becoming parents. And then, of course, we got into the dynamics of what happened during his time in Iraq, and after he returned home. I loved getting that firsthand account. Whenever I work on true stories, I like to bring as much authenticity to what the true life people have been through as possible. They were lovely to meet in person right before starting work on their story.
My husband and I relocated here from Los Angeles in 2015. We decided we wanted to be closer to family and find a better quality of life. Unless God should choose to relocate us, we have found our forever home in Woodstock. I lived in Los Angeles for 15 years. But I’ve been truly thankful to be able to continue to write movies from here in my office at home. I didn’t need to stay in California to work in the film industry. We also hope to make movies here, too, with a lot of local talent. And, as much as possible, we’d like to keep those in Cherokee County. This is a beautiful place we have come to love.
– Cheryl McKay Price