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March 28, 2013

From Haverhill to Hollywood

Nurse by trade, city native finds success in writing

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After high school, she entered the nursing program at Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing in Boston. Later, she entered the University of New Hampshire bachelor’s degree program and received her degree in nursing.

She met her future husband, a native Californian, while they were both skiing at a popular New England site. When they married and went to California to live, she took a master’s degree course in kinesiology, the scientific study of human movement, at UCLA. As the health care industry grew, Struck moved from intensive care unit nursing to consultant work in health care risk management.

She raised her daughter, who now works as an artist in Feliz, California.

Struck continued working in nursing — but she did not stop writing.

The combination clicked for her when, on her nursing job, she met a TV studio executive. He took a script written by Struck and began reviewing it. A short time later, he began working as a producer at the Hallmark Channel.

Hallmark made Struck’s script into the TV movie. With that to her credit, her work became popular and Hallmark picked up several more of her pieces.

Struck’s connection with TNT began in the mountains outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she climbs several ranges each year. One day, when she was at 8,800 feet, her cell phone rang. An assistant to David E. Kelley asked if she could meet with him the next day at 10 a.m. in his Los Angeles office. He wanted to talk with her about working as a TV script writer.

“We took the tram down the mountain and I got on a plane to L.A. and made the 10 o’clock appointment,” Struck said.

Kelley’s name might sound familiar to those who follow TV dramas. He has made his career writing several well-known shows, among them “Boston Legal,’’ “The Practice,’’ “Ally McBeal’’ and “Boston Public.’’

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