Press Release – Sterling Gate Books
New Zealand father-and-son writing and filmmaking duo Lance and James Morcan are prominent in a number of Amazon bestseller lists with two of their four published novels.October 31, 2013
Kiwi novelists rising up Amazon’s bestseller lists
New Zealand father-and-son writing and filmmaking duo Lance and James Morcan are prominent in a number of Amazon bestseller lists with two of their four published novels.
Leading the way is the Morcans’ controversial international spy thriller ‘The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1)’, which currently features in two bestseller lists on Amazon, namely the mystery and conspiracy thrillers categories. Their historical adventure romance ‘Fiji: A Novel’ is already a permanent fixture in Amazon’s Oceania Historical Fiction bestseller list.
Both novels also rate highly with reviewers around the world and feature prominently in numerous reader popularity lists on the influential literary site, Goodreads, which was recently acquired by Amazon. Published by Sterling Gate Books, both are available as Kindle ebooks and trade paperbacks.
The authors, who are also screenwriters, have already adapted ‘The Ninth Orphan’ and ‘Fiji: A Novel’ to feature film screenplays and have put them into development with their production company, Morcan Motion Pictures. To date, the company has produced two feature films and has a slate of other films in development.
Lance, who is based in Papamoa, says he established Morcan Motion Pictures primarily to fast-track his novels into development as feature films. “The novels are attracting film industry interest and we’ve already received enquiries from Hollywood,” he says.
James, who resides in Sydney, is also an actor. His most recent acting performances were leading roles in the OZ-Bollywood productions ‘My Cornerstone’ and ‘Love You Krishna’. James also wrote the screenplays for both features, which were filmed in NSW, Australia and Mumbai, India and were incorporated English and Hindi.
He admits writing screenplays and novels at long distance – on opposite sides of the Tasman – has its challenges. “It entails numerous Skype calls, and can make the artistic process difficult at times, but it seems to work for us.”