Morgan Richter


After graduating from the Filmic Writing program at the University of Southern California’s film school, Morgan worked in production on several television shows in Los Angeles, such as ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos and E! Entertainment Television’s Emmy-winning comedy series Talk Soup. While working at a desk job at Paramount Pictures, she wrote her first novel, Charlotte Dent; in 2008, the unpublished manuscript became a semi-finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA). A Publishers Weekly review written for ABNA judging purposes proclaimed, “From start to end, this is a crisp, fun treatment of Hollywood life.”

In 2012, after moving to New York City, she formed Luft Books, an independent publishing company. Her novel Bias Cut won a silver medal in the Mystery category of the Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPYs) and was a 2012 ABNA semi-finalist (top 1% of 10,000 entries); the ABNA-sponsored Publishers Weekly review for Bias Cut proclaimed it “fresh and dark” and praised its “snappy dialogue and accomplished descriptions.” Her novel Lonely Satellite was a 2014 ABNA quarter-finalist.

Morgan has written for sites such as TVgasm, Forces of Geek, and A.Side and has ghostwritten novels for private clients. In 2008, she created Preppies of the Apocalypse, a blog featuring essays on far-flung pop-culture topics and reviews of vintage television shows, such as Miami Vice and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. In 2011, she began occasionally posting irreverent yet affectionate in-depth analyses of classic Duran Duran videos on her blog. These analyses quickly amassed a cult following; seven years later, Morgan’s Duranalysis column is admired both inside and outside of the Duran Duran fandom. Her book Duranalysis: Essays on the Duran Duran Experience was published in 2017.

Born in Spokane, Washington, Morgan currently lives in Seattle.