About Us

To introduce ourselves, ‘we’ are Lance Morcan and James Morcan, the Down Under father-and-son writing and producing team; we are novelists, screenwriters and film producers; Lance is based in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, while James, who is also an actor, is based in Sydney, Australia.

James and Lance Morcan

As novelists, we have co-authored the spy thriller series THE ORPHAN TRILOGY (The Ninth Orphan / The Orphan Factory / The Orphan Uprising) and the historical series THE WORLD DUOLOGY (World Odyssey / Fiji: A Novel) and Into the Americas (A Novel Based on a True , which were all published by Sterling Gate Books in trade paperback and Kindle editions. We have adapted The Ninth Orphan to a feature film screenplay. It and Fiji are already in development with Morcan Motion Pictures. We have also published the controversial non-fiction UNDERGROUND KNOWLEDGE SERIES (Genius Intelligence / Antigravity Propulsion / Medical Industrial Complex etc).

TheNinthOrphan ebook cover

IntoTheAmericas ebook cover

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Underground series I-V 3D cover

As screenwriters, we have co-written numerous screenplays; and as producers we have produced two feature films together.

Morcan Motion Pictures’ first feature, The Pawn, starring Reg Gorman (Evil Angels) premiered at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival and screened at the Imperia Film Festival in Italy.  Our second feature, Desired, was shot in Auckland city and premiered at Cannes. This New Zealand thriller was directed by Amanda Phillips and stars Dwayne Cameron (The Tribe).

Desired poster


Cannes premiere


Lance Morcan

Lance Morcan

A former journalist and newspaper editor, Lance divides his time these days between novel writing, film producing and screenwriting. Lance is currently perfecting his solo-written New Zealand – an epic adventure novel covering 500 years of South Pacific and Polynesian history. Including research, writing (and life’s distractions!), this novel has been over a decade in the making.

James Morcan


New Zealand-born actor, filmmaker and published author James Morcan resides in Sydney, Australia. His most recent acting performance was a leading role in the post-Apocalyptic feature film After Armageddon which he also wrote. The dystopian adventure film was shot in rural Australia in early 2015 and Morcan co-starred with Berynn Schwerdt (‘Wyrmwood’).

Other recent leading roles include the OZ-Bollywood productions My Cornerstone and Love You Krishna. Morcan also wrote the screenplays for both features which were filmed in Sydney and Mumbai and incorporated English and Hindi languages.

Other productions James has perfromed in include the BBC TV series Dark Knight, several indie features and a live stadium production of Ben Hur headlined by Academy Award winner Russell Crowe. To date, his feature films have screened at cinemas in Australia, New Zealand, India, Italy and Cannes.



Ben Hur


Dark Knight


Russell Crowe at the Ben Hur press conference

Morcan Motion Pictures has a slate of other feature films in advanced development including The Impossible Dream, being helmed by former James Bond director Roger Spottiswoode, the action-adventure Into the Americas, New Zealand-China co-production Shanghai Bride, the Australian period piece White Spirit and the UK sci-fi thriller Silent Fear.

Silent Fear poster           Into The Americas poster[1].p 1

Shanghai Bride poster  1           White Spirit poster 2




  1. Lani says:

    Hi Lance- interesting site you have here. Just want to say thanks for dropping by my site and now following me. 🙂

  2. Hi there and thanks for visiting and following. I hope to have the pleasure of your company again and that you continue to enjoy the blog. You have some very interesting stuff on your site. I’m enjoying browsing.

  3. Hi, Lance. You have a wonderful site full of interesting articles and inspiring news about your own artistic activities. I also don’t believe I’ve seen a father-and-son team in all the areas you two are involved in (I take it you are the father portion of the team?). I have a very dear friend who is original from New Zealand (Wainuiomata – sp?), and I’ve always had a friendly interest in that country ever since I met him. Thanks for visiting and following my blog. And good luck on all your exciting projects.

  4. restirling says:

    Keep up the good work!

  5. Thanks for the stop by and follow of my blog. Looks like you guys have your hands full and what a wonderful area to be so busy in.

  6. As one of my beloved followers, I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude by sharing with you my exciting news of becoming a newly published author! And, of course, I wanted you to be among the very first to get a chance to read the rest of my debut novel, The Legacy of Blood, now available in e-book format.

    (No worries if you don’t have a Kindle or other e-reader device, they have free ones to download on your computer. I went on Amazon and downloaded their “Kindle for PC” absolutely free! Love it! Here’s the link if you need it: http://www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/pc/download .)

    Again, I want to thank you kindly for all the support. And you never know, as some of my followers have told me, you could say you’ve had a big hand in helping make Shelby Westland a household name! 😛

    The Legacy of Blood on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Blood-Sanguivore-Saga-ebook/dp/B00C5J7V2E/
    Other e-reader retailers to follow soon!


    • lancemorcan says:

      Shelby – Congrats on your debut novel. We wish you well with it. Happy to help out by promoting it like this. Alas I don’t have time to read right now…Too busy writing! Best, Lance

      • Thanks so much for the support! Truly appreciate it 🙂 I know what you mean about no time to do anything else but write! Take care and thanks

  7. Great website you have here! Thanks for following Violet’s Vibes.

  8. jatwood4 says:

    Hello, gentlemen, and welcome to the reader family of diabeticredemption.com. I’m glad you’ve joined us. I have a Friends Page on my site, where readers leave information about themselves and their blogs; they leave their URLs, so others can find them. I hope you will feel free to do the same. I tried three times to sign up to follow your blog — no success, as my email is apparently not valid in the eyes of your widget. If there is another way to join, please let me know. This looks like a very cool site, and I love the working/family relationship you two have developed.

    Again, welcome. I look forward to getting your reactions, and as well, to find out more about you. 😎

  9. Jill London says:

    Such a multi-talented duo! Just wanted to drop by and say hi and to thank you for following my blog 🙂

  10. What a cool site – all the things I love! My son is also a filmmaker (but has no interest in working with me, haha!) Thanks so much for stumbling upon my blog & I look forward to reading more of your interesting posts 🙂

  11. Julie Israel says:

    Hello and WOW, you are a busy duo! Congrats on your work with The Orphan Trilogy, screenplays and two feature films– and all the best in your next projects 🙂

  12. Zina_G says:

    Hi! Thanks for the follow. 🙂

  13. Jennwith2ns says:

    This is fascinating stuff! I’m honoured that you chose to follow the Jenn stories.

    How does one approach you (or anyone else, for that matter) about book to film possibilities?

  14. Hi,

    Great site. Thanks for dropping by meccastars.com and the follow. Looking forward to hearing more about your interesting work.

  15. elle kay say says:

    Nice blog! The Orphan Trilogy sounds interesting . . . I’ll definitely have to check those out once I get through my summer reading list 🙂 very cool that you guys are a father/son tag team! Btw, thanks for liking my blog!!!

  16. Great blog, you two!
    Lance, where in BOP are you?
    I’m in Waihi. Nearly finished with my first novel.
    contact if you wish via my WordPress acct.

  17. Harsha says:

    Nice to meet you Lance and its great to know about you.. 🙂

  18. Hi, and thanks for visiting my blog and following it. You have some interesting works on going on here. Good luck with the film producing and acting. 🙂

  19. Heather says:

    Any idea how we can get this series in Canada?
    We have a kobo, not a kindle so amazon is no help.
    Tried our libraries and local bookstores but can’t seem to find them.
    Any help would be appreciated!

    • lancemorcan says:

      Hi Heather
      Sorry ‘The Orphan Trilogy’ series is only available via Amazon. You can download a free kindle app via Amazon…Short of buying a Kindle that would be your only avenue. Good luck and thanks for your interest!

  20. J M Naszady says:

    You have an impressive collection of work. Thank you for following my blog.

  21. Hello Lance, I’ve read and reviewed your novel and loved it. I posted it on my blog listed below and also on numerous amazon sites including Australia, goodreads, and shelfari. Thanks for letting me read and review it.

  22. Thanks for following my blog, and I look forward to reading more here as well as checking out your books.

  23. atempleton says:

    Looks like a lot of interesting reading here! Thanks for stopping by and following my blog.

  24. Denise McLeod says:

    hi Lance. I’m so wrapped to see how successful you and James are. I know how hard you’ve both worked and you totally deserve it. I apologise for not keeping in touch but hope the films are well in pre production. love to hear from you.

  25. Mittly says:

    Hi Lance, just read the Ninth Orphan, living in the UK at the moment.

    Just a quick question? Do you know of any stores in the UK selling The Trilogy? I can find it on Amazon but only the kindle version. And really wanted to own a paperback or hardback copy. Your help would be very much appreciated. The first novel blew me away to say the least! And also managed to get my partner to read it.

    • lancemorcan says:

      Glad you enjoyed The Ninth Orphan. (Do feel free to post a review on Amazon…thanks!). It’s also available via Amazon & CreateSpace (and via larger book wholesalers & many libraries) as a trade paperback; books 2 and 3 in The Orphan Trilogy are currently only available as Kindle ebooks, but trade paperbacks will follow. Happy reading!

  26. catie says:

    I’m looking to purchase your books..but I cannot find them all in paperback editions…are they available through he publishing house?

    • lancemorcan says:

      Hi Catie – Only The Ninth Orphan and Fiji: A Novel are as yet available as trade paperbacks (via CreateSpace, Amazon, most libraries and book wholesalers worldwide). All our Kindle ebooks will be progressively released in paperback form shortly.

    • lancemorcan says:

      Hi Catie – In case you still interested… our following six books are now available via Amazon as paperbacks: Into the Americas, The Ninth Orphan, World Odyssey and Fiji (novels) plus Genius Intelligence and Debunking Holocaust Denial Theories (non-fiction books) with Underground Bases and Antigravity Propulsion due for release any day now and more to follow. -Lance

  27. Susan Pryor says:

    Hi there – Susan here editor of NZ Yoga Scene magazine and very interested in reviewing the book –
    ‘Genius Intelligence: Secret techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ,’ many of our readers would be interested in this … please contact me at NZ.YOGAsceneMagazine@yahoo.co.nz

  28. Bora says:

    Hi Mr. Morcan, as a editor in chief of Affectum Libris publishing house in Istanbul/Turkey very interested in the book “Genius Intelligence” please contact me at kitap@affectumlibris.com about turkish publishing rights. Awaiting your kindly reply as soon as possible.

    • lancemorcan says:

      Hi Kitap – Thank you kindly for your interest in our book. I have notified our Turkish literary agents at Akcali Ajans of your interest and have confirmed this via email to yourself. Kind regards, Lance Morcan

  29. Melody Robichaud says:

    I have desperately been searching for the BOOK VERSION of your novel: “Into the Americas”….and to no avail, only the Kindle version is offered. Will you ever offer this in hardback version???? We don’t enjoy reading on Kindle, nor many other people we know, and the person we wanted to purchase this book for as a gift does not own a Kindle and prefers holding a tangible book….many of us out here still love the feel of the pages in our fingers being turned….and for some – my husband for an example – has visual problems with electronic screens and he gets headaches………and on and on! I’m just so sad that this book is not available in either hard or soft cover. Will you ever be offering this in the near future……or is there one available that I can purchase? I so look forward to hearing back from you, thank you for your time!

    Sincerely, Melody Robichaud

    • lancemorcan says:

      Hi Melody – I have emailed you to advise there is currently only a Kindle version of INTO THE AMERICAS available. A paperback version will be released some time in 2015. Thankyou for your interest. Kind regards, Lance

    • lancemorcan says:

      Paperback version of “Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story)” is available via Amazon now Melody.

  30. Jeff says:

    Are you aware of the work of Perry and Sheree Trotter and the Shadows of Shoah exhibition?

  31. Anonymous says:

    James & Lance,

    “The Orphan Factory” is highlighted today on eBookDaily.com:


  32. Wyatt Rambler says:

    Just heard of your book, “The Orphanage”

    is it true that the mind can access previously unknown information with the aid of tDCS?

  33. Just to say thank you for reaching out by email today, Lance. Your bio is very impressive, I must say. Congrats for your many accomplishments so far. I wish you and your son continued success with your writing and filming projects 🙂

  34. Lisa Burrow says:

    Hello …I am halfway thru ‘White Spirit’ and am having problems putting it down , its fantastic thank you so much and I am very proud that you are a kiwi too

    thank you Lisa B

  35. Carol says:

    I would love to read the Orphan Conspiracies but can’t find a hard copy in the US. Just the kindle version. Do you plan to sell it in the US?

  36. […] Zealand father-and-son writing team Lance and James Morcan have just co-authored and released their ninth novel, an action-adventure titled The Dogon […]

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