Local author Michelle Morgan celebrated the publishing of her first book, “Tripping Through,” at an event at the West Indies Wine Company in Camana Bay last week.
Her wonderfully funny book highlights the experiences of the accident-prone Karly, a 29-year old accountant, who routinely attracts disaster.
As Morgan explained to the capacity crowd, there are more than a few similarities between herself and the heroine of “Tripping Through,” with a recent skirt-tucked-into-panties while wandering through the Camana Bay parking lot incident proving the point.
That Morgan takes all of these accidents in her stride and manages to find the humor in each situation is evident in the way she describes her heroine navigating her way through a life filled with misunderstandings and general chaos.
Morgan took time to chat with each attendee, posing for photographs and signing copies of her book, while her children made sure that everyone present had a bookmark. After the signing, the author briefly discussed her background and her writing before reading the first two chapters of her book to an appreciative audience, amid much laughter. In fact, the entire evening was filled with the humor that seems to follow Morgan wherever she goes.
She shared a particularly funny story with the crowd about an incident where, in an attempt to save a man’s life (that in fact did not need saving), she almost knocked him unconscious as she shook him vigorously and jumped up and down on his chest in the hope of getting his heart started again. It had not stopped in the first place.
Did I mention she did all of this while wearing her karate clothes and high heels?
Morgan was born in North Vancouver, Canada, and moved to the Cayman Islands several years ago. She lives with her husband Peter and their three children, Kiara, Leilani and Kai.
“Tripping Through” is the first (but will not be the last) book that Morgan has had published, soon to be followed by “A Trophy Wife’s Fall from Grace” about a woman coping with her sudden change in fortune.
Morgan is also a writer of theatrical works, and is the lead writer on the Cayman Drama Society’s production of “CayTube,” now in its second incarnation. Performances begin in May.
She is an actress, director, has a black belt in karate (which is fairly impressive for someone who has a tendency to catch skirts in car doors), and is a member of the CayWriters group.
You can contact Morgan on her website and blog at mlmorgan.net or through her Facebook page under “Michelle Morgan – Author.” She will also be attending the Cayfest “Red Sky at Night” festival of the arts at the Harquail Theatre grounds on Saturday. “Tripping Through” is available for sale at Books & Books in Camana Bay or online at Amazon.com.