Morris was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, the youngest of two. His earliest memory of science fiction is as a child when he and his father would stay up late together and watch reruns of Star Trek. Along with the 1977 phenomenon Star Wars and reading Choose Your Own Adventure novels, Morris began to explore creative writing in the fifth grade. 'I never took it seriously enough to think I would be a writer.' he said in a 2003 interview. While he dabbled in short stories throughout his teen years, it was in high school when he discovered acting and went on to study theatre at James Madison University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre and Mass Communications.
Morris' first professional acting job was with the Children's Theatre division of the Richmond Theatre Company. From there, he went on to appear in numerous stage productions between Richmond and Washington D.C. His most notable performances included Ian in D.O.Q. (produced by the Studio Theatre of Richmond), Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest (produced by the Washington Project of the Arts), Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol and Dromio of Syracuse (produced by Vpstart Crow Productions), and the title role in Figaro (produced by Classika Theatre). He also appeared in an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street in the first part of "Kellerman: P.I." as a "first on the scene" witness. "The cast is real," Morris recalls. "I had broken my arm in a stage combat accident three days before my callback. When the casting agent saw the 'look' I was sporting, they loved the realism so they rewrote the script. Instead of my character being a jogger, I was a guy walking his dog."
The most influential period of Tee Morris' acting career was his seven seasons (1993–1999) with the Maryland Renaissance Festival. He played a variety of characters there, but for his final three seasons he played Rafe Rafton. The character was described as a swashbuckler, privateer, and all-around scoundrel. On his website, Morris recalls the research behind the role. "[Rafe was] ... a Tudor version of Han Solo. In creating this privateer, I took a few notes from Errol Flynn in Captain Blood and Tommy Lee Jones in Nate and Hayes." This would be Morris' final role at the Festival, and a lead character in his debut novel.The Taming of the Shrew (2001) The Keegan Theatre
Out of the Whirlwind (1995) American Theatre Project
Morris' debut novel, MOREVI: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana, was a Historical-Fantasy epic (written with Lisa Lee) began in the most unlikely of places — an online chat room for Fantasy role players who combined various gaming rules and characters to interact between one another. It was here that Tee Morris' Rafe Rafton met Lisa Lee's Askana Moldarin. Their online role playing adventure turned into a new 2002 title for Dragon Moon Press, an EPPIE finalist for Best eBook Fantasy of 2003, the first book to be podcast in 2005, and a Parsec Award Finalist for Best Podcast Novel in 2006.
In the same year Morris also received an Honorable Mention in the CrossTIME Science Fiction Anthology contest with his short story, "Asleep at the Wheel." This would be Morris' first byline with short stories. Since 2002, Morris has written books on social media, video editing, and even appeared as a columnist for Blogger & Podcaster Magazine and AppAdvice.com. After several years of writing non-fiction, Morris returned to his first love — fiction — in 2011. His co-written novel with his wife Philippa Ballantine Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novel won an Airship Award for Best Steampunk Literature of the Year.
Morris began writing adventure stories in the fifth grade. 'I never took it seriously enough to think I would be a writer.' he said in a 2003 interview. Morris has written books on social media, video editing, and been a columnist. In 2011 his co-written novel with his wife Philippa Ballantine Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novel won an Airship Award for best written work.
In January 2005, Morris was the first author to podcast a novel, Morevi the Chronicles of Rafe and Askana, followed by Mark Jeffrey in February of that year (first YA novel podcast) and Scott Sigler (first podcast only novel) in March.
Along with Evo Terra and Chris Miller, Morris is one of the founders of Podiobooks.com.2013 Steampunk Chronicle Readers Choice Award winner for Best Fiction
2011 Airship Award winner for best written work (with Philippa Ballantine)
2008 Parsec Award winner for Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form including Independents).
2006 Parsec Award nominee for Best Speculative Fiction (Long Form) and Best Writing Podcast.
2005 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Finalist, Finalist for Independent Publisher's 2005 "Best Science Fiction and Fantasy".
2004 Honorable Mention for ForeWord Magazine's 2004 "Book of the Year".
2003 Best Fantasy eBook of 2003