The one and only Elvis, three women, lives complicated by obsession, jealousy and drugs: these components collide in Protecting Elvis.
Velis Emerson, agoraphobic, lives alone with only memories of her deceased parents. She devotes herself to her work as corresponding secretary of the Elvis Presley Tupelo Fan Club. Her sheltered existence is shattered when a reporter from the Rolling Stone comes around trying to dig up dirt on Elvis;
Priscilla Jane Johnson, a nurse at the Durham Diet Clinic, cares for Elvis during his brief weight-loss stay. In late night gab sessions he shares his fears and losses to her compassionate ear. His departing gift of a red Mustang convertible creates a chink in her engagement to Kendall Kennedy, aspiring Gospel songwriter who is jealous of any man he perceives as a threat; and
Notary Pettiford Midgette, a domestic at Graceland, needs Elvis’ help to save the life of her only remaining son, the wayward Antwan who’s turned to drugs and the dangerous streets of Memphis.
Over all hovers the voice of Gladys, the mother in heaven who wants to guard Elvis from the temptations of drink and drugs and those who use him for his money and fame.
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Charlotte Gregg Morgan grew up in the “Christ-haunted South” of Richmond, Virginia during the Elvis craze and the Civil Rights movement.
Her first novel, One August Day, was nominated for the annual fiction award by the Library of Virginia. Protecting Elvis is available on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble. Kirkus Review (Oct. 19, 2016) called the novel “A subtle, affecting glimpse into the lives of a trio of singular women molded by the works and personal character of a rock icon.”
One of Morgan’s short stories is included in The Pushcart Prize Collection XXIV. She holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studied with famed author Lee Smith and “Macarthur Genius” Paule Marshall.
Her fiction explores the lives of women, their compelling inner conflicts as they face the demanding struggles of complicated external lives, and the difficulty forming and sustaining independence.
She is writer-in-residence each summer at Nimrod Hall Summer Arts Program where she works with writers in all stages of their careers. She lives in Lychburg, Virginia with her artist husband John Dure Morgan and two sassy standard poodles.