Melissa Jo Peltier

Author of fiction and nonfiction; film and television producer/writer/director

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Story Consulting Services

Since early 2014, I've started to finally realize my lifelong dream of working in the independent feature documentary field by working as a story consultant. Filmmakers hire me to give input and/​or fix - disassemble and re-assemble - their stories that aren't working.

The toughest thing to do in documentary filmmaking is to find a structure - one that's as compelling a narrative as the best dramatic film, but that is also true to the facts, to the content, and to the vision of the filmmaker. Finding this structure and narrative drive is my specialty. I only take on one project at a time as this work is so all-consuming, but Soft Scripted, Inc. is the entity through which my services are hired out. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Published Works

Reality Boulevard
"...a book in the tradition of great Hollywood novels, from Carroll and Garrett Graham’s Queer People (1930) to Michael Tolkin’s The Player (1988), and reads like Paddy Chayefsky’s 1976 Network screenplay retooled for the 21st century" - Ken Salikoff, Kirkus Indie Magazine
"In this smart, funny, insightful novel, reality TV becomes all too real...Peltier examines the Hollywood world of writers, producers, rich kids, actors, wannabes and con men with a keen and often compassionate eye. " - Kirkus Reviews
"Once I started reading "Reality Boulevard," I could not stop...this is the best satirical look behind-the-scenes of "reality television" ever written." - Arnold Shapiro, Oscar & Emmy-winning Producer of Scared Straight; Rescue 911; Big Brother
“[Millan] arrives amid canine chaos and leaves behind peace.” —Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker
Non-Fiction (Co-Author)
“As complete a tome on the subject as one could want…If the answer you’re looking for in this guide cannot be found, the question is not worth asking...this is an impressive piece of work.” - Bookviews, June 2011