writer | story junkie | amazon | witch
I spent my formative years missing out on stuff because I had my nose permanently stuck in a book. I didn’t mind though because those stories took me everywhere (mostly to Narnia), and let me be whoever I wanted to be.
I still read voraciously but now I do stuff for real. I figure life's too short not to write my own story. Over the years, I've tried my hand at being a makeup artist, a pop star, a stunt woman, an actor, a circus performer, and a roller girl. I even have a salacious past writing for one of those gossip magazines you’re not supposed to love (but you really do). None of them stuck forever, but it’s been one hell of a ride, and along the way I picked up some really nifty skills. I still dream of being a pop star but, let's face it, that ship has probably sailed.
In between dreaming up fun new things to try, I've written lots of things. I hold a university degree in Creative Writing and Journalism and have worked extensively as an entertainment journalist, arts & entertainment publicist, and copywriter. I was awarded the Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize in 2011 for my short story, Tryst—which is now being adapted into a feature film—and was also awarded the Griffith Review Emerging Writers Prize the same year. I've had multiple residencies at Varuna – The National Writers House and was awarded a prestigious 2023 Varuna Fellowship for my upcoming novel, Disgraceful. My work has been published in literary journals and national magazines in Australia and internationally.
My other big loves are pop culture and film & television. As a screenwriter and creator, I have several television shows and a number of feature films in the works including—dramedy series, Disgraceful, which has been supported by Screen QLD and other initiatives in both Australia and the U.S.; rom-com series, The Scoop (adapted from my upcoming novel), which was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2023 Page Internatioanl Screenwriting Awards and is currently optioned and in development with a BAFTA and EMMY-Aaward-winning Australian producer. As well as teaching Screenwriting at a major international film school for a number of years, I've worked on TV shows that saw me writing about mermaids, time travel, and criminals on the run, and have had to scour the streets for hot boys to match up with even hotter girls, all in the name of ‘quality’ TV. It was a tough job but somebody had to do it. Check out the Zero Fox Productions | Scripted page for more information on my current projects.
Not surprisingly, I want to write all the things but I have a particular penchant for drama that makes you laugh, comedy that stabs you in the feels, romance and romantic-comedies, teen drama, stuff that is high-camp and scary as f*ck, LGBTIQ stories, and historical fiction. And if there’s magic, pop stars, or vampires in the mix, all the better. As my friends so eloquently put it, I have as many pen names as personalities. You'll find my fiction and screen content under several nom de plumes (primarily fiction under Rachael Fox, Ruby Fox and Fox Riley and scripted as R.S. Morgan). If you're confused, check out my individual author pages for more guidance on what might float your particular boat.
As for what really makes me tick? I'm wildly passionate about authenticity, living a full life, and storytelling, and firmly believe it's none of my business what other people think of me. When you give zero fox —you can truly embrace who you are; you can be happy and free. I take my writing philosophy from writer, Anais Nin—“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect"—and am committed to writing powerful, heartfelt, and gut-wrenchingly funny stories for and about women. I'm allergic to the phrase 'strong female lead' ... give me 'complex, flawed, and messy' any day of the week.
You can currently find me living in a cute city apartment, with my books and daydreams for company (mostly I dream of being a pop star, climbing mountains, wild countryside, and conquering fears), but by this time next year I could be living anywhere in the world—I haven't made my mind up yet. I love hot yoga, tattoos, travel, the F word, and cheese, but not necessarily in that order. Mostly the cheese comes first.
in the press
"In Rachael S. Morgan's Tryst, a first-person piece that won the 2011 Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize, we are taken into the tenderness and confusion of a rite-of-passage experience. Morgan's word-perfect story carries incendiary power, with each emotional shift balanced precisely. The bitter irony is a little like the enduring last line of Sherwood Anderson's haunting I Want to Know Why. Morgan leaves us with the ashen taste of a loss of innocence."
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