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Kiwi father and son guide their orphans to the spotlight

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August 10, 2012

Kiwi father and son guide their orphans to the spotlight

The Orphan Factory, the latest novel from prolific New Zealand father-and-son writing and filmmaking team Lance and James Morcan, has entered Amazon's top rated spy books list only three weeks after its publication launch.

The new release espionage thriller has received excellent reviews from readers and book critics alike. It’s a prequel to the Morcans' international thriller, The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1), which was published in 2011 by Sterling Gate Books.

Also published last year was their historical adventure Fiji: A Novel. It and The Ninth Orphan have been regular visitors to Amazon’s bestseller lists. The authors are adapting both these into feature film screenplays and have put them into development with their production company, Morcan Motion Pictures.

Meanwhile, the Morcans are currently writing the final novel in The Orphan Trilogy, a sequel titled The Orphan Uprising, for publication in 2013.

Lance, who is based in Papamoa, says their film and literary endeavours, which span more than a decade, haven’t been without their challenges.

"James, who is also an actor, is based in Sydney so we have had to do most of our writing long distance," he says.

"Father-and-son novel writing teams are almost unheard of, and that does pose some interesting creative challenges. Add to that working in separate countries and it feels like mission impossible at times.

“However, with the success of our latest novel and creation of a viable thriller franchise, the colossal effort over so many years all suddenly seems worthwhile."

Morcan Motion Pictures has produced two feature films. These are The Pawn, which was shot in Melbourne and has screened at film festivals in Australia and Italy, and the New Zealand thriller Desired, which premiered at Cannes last year.

The Morcans are currently seeking New Zealand Film Commission funding for Silent Fear, a chilling thriller which involves Auckland's deaf community and will be helmed by rising Auckland director Amanda Phillips.


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