A screenwriter, producer, independent film director and author, Greg Morgan has over twenty years of experience in the arts and entertainment industry. His first feature film, 17 & Under, won Greg his first awards, garnered successful distribution and landed him squarely on the filmmaking map. Since then, he has been involved in multiple successful productions, with his latest film The Boatman winning Best Director Idyllwild Film Festival among many other wins and was a Best Director and Best Film nominee of the prestigious 33rdAnnual Imagen Awards. With his debut novel Weeper,Greg has turned his expert storytelling skills into long-form narrative fiction that is sure to grip and thrill its readers till the very last page.
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Although I have a few modern day story ideas in me, I found my passion was mainly writing historical fiction novels. I have always loved history and enjoy taking a unique story or characters and placing them in historical times.
It was around 1993 and I was watching a short film from a film student. Its main character was a Sin Eater. I’d never heard of one, so I went to my library and found reference books on early American funeral & death rituals that fascinated me. I was writing screenplays at the time and thought of a story using characters from that time and the Appalachian area. I wrote “Weeper” the screenplay, but I knew it was too big of a story to put down in ninety screenplay pages after reading it myself. So, I shelved it and wrote the first sixty-five pages of the novel before becoming busy with other films and businesses. Before I knew it, twenty-five years had passed. In late 2018 I took it up again and researched further. This time I had the help of the internet and found far more information. I’ve always been a practicing, but unlicensed historian and my favorite historical times are the Victorina era and the American civil war. With Weeper I found there must be even more and have plotted out a three book companion series which I call the “Death Shall Have No Dominion” series. A few of the small side characters in Weeper will be the main heroes of the next book and the children from both books will be the main characters for the third and final story. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed talking to them in my head.
Please help me launch my current book Weeper. What it'll take is you reading a pdf of the book before publications and, at a certain date, spread the word about and write a review on amazon. In return I'll give the first 100 people a DVD of my third film "The Substance Of Things Hoped for"
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1848 Appalachia. A boy is born out of wedlock to THE MISSUS and MR. TRUE, two people who care deeply about each other, but can never be together. The Missus is a “weeper”, a paid mourner, and Mr. True is a “warner,” a profession similar to a funeral director. Shortly after his birth, the child is taken by Mr. True’s wife to be raised as the twin brother the Trues’ son. The Missus secretly watches her son grow up from the tree line of the True home until he runs away at thirteen and she finds him at a military academy. Civil war breaks out and they are separated again, only to find each other years later under tragic circumstances.
WEEPER is a historical novel covering three generations of the Fenn and the True families all within the macabre world of the civil war era American funeral industry where weepers, warners, death photographers and the new practice of embalming the dead dwelled. The two professions are steeped in ancient tradition of the people of the Appalachia, all of which is solidly grounded in historical fact.
e would not uncover this secret for another nineteen years.
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When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Around 1995 I began by writing poetry. That grew into writing screenplays. I wrote so many screenplays, the first ones totally awful. I finally wrote 17 & Under with my wife, Jeanne. That was my first feature film.
How long does it take you to write a book?
The first draft in about four to six months. Completed in about eighteen months. I'm only on my second book so….
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I try to write in the mornings. Sometimes I get up really early and go to bed early. But during the day I have to take care of business. Plus, I'm not as creative in the afternoons.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I have conversations with characters in my head to get to know them better. (I'm crazy I know)
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I write historical fiction, so I do a ton of research. The research is what gives me additional ideas. I read something cool and think, "Yeah, my character will do that or say that!"
When did you write your first book?
I started Weeper around 1998 and wrote it as a screenplay. I turned that into a book and wrote the first 65 pages, but left it on the shelf for 20 years. I took it back up about a year and a half ago and finished it.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Hang out with friends and family, go to the gym and write. I love writing.
What does your family think of your writing?
My family is very supportive. They love it and love to read it.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How I miss my characters after I finish. It's like breaking up with a girlfriend.
What do you think makes a good story?
Great characters, great dialogue, but all stories need a conflict. Conflict is everything.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Film director….and I became it.