About Val O. Morris
I am a filmmaker turned author who likes to tell fun horror stories and twisted tales for all ages! I’m also a life-long video gamer and tech geek who is crazy about horror movies, dogs, popcorn, football, and Godzilla!
The writing bug bit me way back in elementary school, and after years of playing the onscreen monster in short films, I decided to write books about them.
While writing has always been a part of my life, I wasn’t always an avid book reader. When I was young, I enjoyed reading horror magazines and horror short stories, and still do today. However, I began reading much more fiction in early adulthood. A friend of mine gave me a trilogy of vampire novels called The Family Dracul, which were fantastic. After that, I devoured the Harry Potter series. Two books that I recently enjoyed are Killer Pizza and The Drive-In.
Reading inspires me to write my own stories, just like watching movies inspires my filmmaking.
In 2007, my husband and I formed Cinegore Pictures, a just-for-fun filmmaking production company. My love of horror movies and telling fun stories fuels this creative outlet. To date, with the help from friends and family, we have made nine short films and a handful of commercials. Seeing our work aired on local TV and shown in film festivals have been some of the highlights. (Check out the image below with myself and my alien alter-ego from our first movie, Legion.)
Filmmaking is a rewarding endeavor with its biggest adversary being time. As a writer, I have more scripts and short stories written than we could ever produce. Fortunately, 2014 marked a year of change. I have always wanted to write and publish a book, so I set out to do just that.
That same year, Monster Girl was born!
I still get to tell stories by writing books, and it has been as equally rewarding as filmmaking. When not writing, I have many other hobbies that occupy my time. Photography is another creative outlet that constantly challenges me. You can see some of my work on Flickr, and I recently participated in a Daily Photo Challenge.
I also enjoy the outdoors and while I don’t get to travel as much as I’d like–do we ever?–one of the benefits of writing fiction is that I get to make stuff up. Creating new and exciting worlds is exciting, and I encourage anyone to read, write, and share your stories with the world!
Imagination is limitless!