McClain spent five years writing her memoir, Murdering My Youth, to take an in-depth look into life as a child actor within an alcoholic family system. It was released in the spring of 2014. TV Guide called it “raw, wild, and shocking… yet also dazzlingly funny.” The release of the book was supported with a feature interview with Cady and Cameron Mathison on Entertainment Tonight. Murdering My Youth has received wide acclaim and 126 positive reviews on Amazon. She is now adapting it into a scripted series.
"Cady McClain's MURDERING MY YOUTH will break your heart and scorch your soul. It will also leave you awed and inspired by the triumph of the human spirit. By fearlessly revealing the horrors of her upbringing - alcoholism, madness, sexual abuse, and that's just for starters - this supremely gifted young actress and filmmaker delivers a story of emotional survival that is raw, wild, and shocking, yet also dazzlingly funny. The lady went through hell and found the Light, and we are the better for it."
- Michael Logan, TV GUide Magazine
McClain has written two short films: Flip Fantasia and The World of Albert Fuh, a pilot about a secret sex workers business in Los Angeles called Valley Village, and a series based on a Facebook argument about feminism called Modern American Feminism. She also wrote for her online character Suzy Fcking Homemaker picked up by The OnLine Network.
Recently, she co-wrote the screenplay adaptation for the upcoming indie film Paint Made Flesh.
Always interested in contributing to the wider conversation about topics ranging from women’s issues to national tragedies, McClain has additionally written articles and co-written articles on for The Good Men Project, HLNTV, Policy Mic (now Mic), and AND Magazine, as well as keeping a running personal blog for over 5 years.