About Author Michelle Morgan

AUTHOR BIO

I am the author of the following books:

• Marilyn’s Addresses. Publisher: Smith Gryphon, 1995.
• Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed. Publisher: Constable (UK), and Carroll and Graf (USA), 2007.
• Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed New Edition. Publisher: Robinson (UK), and Skyhorse (USA), 2012.
• The Mammoth Book of Hollywood Scandals. Publisher: Robinson (UK) and Running Press (USA), 2013.
• Wife Five (a play with Steve Hayes). Publisher: BearManor Media, 2013.
• Madonna. Publisher: Robinson (UK) and Running Press (USA), 2015.
• Before Marilyn (co-written with Astrid Franse). Publisher: The History Press (UK), and Thomas Dunne Books (USA), 2015.
• The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd. Publisher: Chicago Review Press, 2015.
• A Girl Called Pearl. Publisher: self-published, 2016.
• Carole Lombard: Twentieth Century Star. Publisher: The History Press, 2016.
• The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones and other Victorian Scandals. Publisher: Robinson/Little, Brown, 2018. Also published as an audio book and as a Large Print edition.
• The Girl: Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch and the Birth of an Unlikely Feminist. Publisher: Running Press, 2018. Also published as an audio book.
• The Little Book of Marilyn. Publisher: Running Press, 2019.
• Before Marilyn (paperback edition). Publisher: The History Press, 2019.
• Marilyn: Collectible Magnets and Mini Posters. (An official Marilyn Monroe product). Publisher: Running Press, 2020.
• Day by Day with Marilyn: A 12-month Undated Planner. (An official Marilyn Monroe product). Publisher: Running Press, 2020.
• Friends: A to Z Guide and Trivia Deck. (An official Warner Bros. product). Publisher: Running Press, 2020.
• Friends: Central Perk Light Up Sign. (An official Warner Bros. product). Publisher: Running Press, 2020.

As well as being published in the UK and USA (and distributed around the world), some of my books have also sold translation rights to Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, South Korea and Macedonia.

I have written for a variety of magazines and newspapers, including Yours Retro, The Sunday Express, The Lady, The Big Issue, Emirates Woman, Writing Magazine, Social and Personal and Yoga Magazine. I also wrote a weekly column for the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph, from 2007 to 2014.

My books have been featured and reviewed in an array of magazines and newspapers, including The Times Literary Supplement, The Daily Mail, The Sunday People, The Sunday Times, Hello, The Mail on Sunday, The Weekly News, The Sunday Post, My Weekly, Yours, The Crime Review, Fox News, The New York Post (Page Six), The Sydney Morning Herald, Best, Bella, Film International, The Rage, Image, The Daily Express, Los Angeles Magazine, Stylist, Art Decades, The Huffington Post, The National Enquirer, The National Examiner, Vintage Life, The Philadelphia Enquirer, Harper’s Bazaar, Women & Home, People’s Friend, Red and The Radio Times.

Over the past thirty years I have been interviewed on dozens of radio and television programmes, including: The Alan Titchmarsh Show, The One Show, BBC National News, Sky News, Collector’s Lot and Artists in Love: Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, (A Sky Arts production). I have also spoken about Marilyn Monroe at The National Portrait Gallery, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Birkbeck University and the Alex Theatre, Los Angeles.

I am active on Twitter and Instagram: @MMWriterGirl, and Facebook: The Official Michelle Morgan Author Page. My website is: www.MichelleMorgan.co.uk

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Did you always want to be a writer?

I have always written, ever since I was a child. I wrote books (aka a bundle of notes stapled together!), articles (aka stories about my fantasy pop star husbands) and much more. When I was a teenager I thought I wanted to be an actress. I took acting classes for years, and went on auditions, but I found that the only part of the process I actually enjoyed was writing the application letters! All the producers I met always told me that they loved my letters, but I don’t think they felt the same way about my acting technique! Eventually the penny dropped and I realised that I was never going to be an actress, but I definitely was a writer. Once I realised that, I put my heart and soul into making my dreams come true.

How did you become a published author? 

I worked for seventeen years in a day job I hated, but the whole time I was there, I’d fantasize about the day I could finally walk away and become a full-time writer. My first book was published in 1995 and while I made enough money to go to Los Angeles on holiday, it was never going to enable me to become a full-time writer. I got close several times with novels I wrote, but unfortunately they always failed to get published at the last hurdle.

I became pregnant with my daughter in 2003, and this enabled me (in 2004) to go back to work part-time instead of full. As luck would have it, I found a course to teach yoga to children, so I did that and when I ended my maternity leave, I worked some of the week at the old day job, and the rest setting up a yoga business. I also became a regular contributor to a yoga magazine, and the two combined meant that I could finally give up the day job and become a full-time mummy, yoga teacher and writer. I taught yoga for about eight years then did some freelance work for a small publisher for a while, but all the time continued to build up my writing career. Finally, after being offered three book contracts in under a year, I took the leap into full-time writing. This was a full 24 years after deciding I wanted to become a published author. No-one can ever call me a quitter!

Where do you get your ideas from?

All over the place. Sometimes one subject leads me to another. For instance, when writing the Marilyn biography, I came across the name Pat De Cicco. I wondered who he was so Googled him and discovered he was once married to an actress called Thelma Todd. Of course I just had to Google her too, and before I knew it, I was obsessed. My book about Thelma was published at the end of 2015.

Can you come and talk at our museum/gallery/school/meeting?

I love doing talks and I have done various talks in schools, which I love. In 2012 I spoke at the National Portrait Gallery and then in 2013 I did one at the Victoria and Albert Museum. These were wonderful experiences for me and I would be very happy to do more. Please contact me in the first instance, and we can talk about your needs.

 I am a journalist/blogger/webmaster… Can I interview you?

Of course! I have been interviewed hundreds of times in the past, about all kinds of subjects including my books, my writing career, my reading tastes, etc. etc. If you have a blog, website, magazine etc., please contact me.

I am a student, doing a project about Marilyn/film stars etc. Can you help me?

I have helped many students with their essays over the years but I’m afraid I can’t do this anymore. Not because I don’t want to, but because I just don’t have the time to do it. However, you will find lots of information about Marilyn and other film stars, in my books.

I am a producer and I would like to speak with you about a film/documentary project I’m working on.

Great! You can get in touch through the Contact page of my site and I will get straight back to you. Please note: I am unable to do any film-related research for free, but I do have competitive rates.