Author Interviews

4 Questions With Author Alison Morton

I recently was a part of the INCEPTIO Blog Book Tour and now, I’m excited to share with you another fun 4 Questions with the author Alison Morton!

Alison Morton grew up in West Kent, served as a Territorial Army officer and owned a translation company. She completed a BA in French, German and Economics and thirty years later an MA in History. She now lives in France with her husband.

A ‘Roman nut’ and wordsmith since age 11, she has visited sites throughout Europe always wondered what a Roman society would be like if run by women…

Alison’s writing life, Romans and alternate history at her blog or connect with her on twitter! @alison_morton

How perfect would it be to retire in France too? I’m such the American saying this, but the French countryside will always seem like a fairy tale to me. Actually most of Europe does.

1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
Two big things – firstly, that I would be living in France and secondly, I would be publishing a novel.

My husband, Steve, and I had planned to retire to France in the distant future, but the opportunity came up three years ago and we shot across the Channel before anybody could stop us! As well as living and studying in France, I’ve travelled throughout Europe – crossing cultures was not a problem. We love it here, especially the food, wine and the long, sunny summers. Sometimes, the fresh air and sheer quiet draw me away from my writing desk and I walk along by the river thinking about how fortunate we are.

And the novel? I’d played with words much of my life – playwright (aged 7), article writer, local magazine editor, professional translator and dissertation writer. But I came to novel writing in reaction to a particularly dire film; the cinematography was good, but the plot clunky and narration snatchy. Let’s not mention the terrible dialogue.

‘I could do better than this,’ I whispered in the darkened cinema.

‘So why don’t you?’ came my husband’s reply.

Ninety days later, I’d completed the first draft of INCEPTIO, the first in the Roma Nova thriller series. Learning about the book world and how to get published was another whole dimension. But I’m here, unbelievably, with a first book out and two more ready to follow.

2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
Start writing novels earlier! I think that’s it. Of course, there are small things I would have done differently – the tiny things of everyday life – but I don’t generally look back. You can only make the decisions that you do in the circumstances you find yourself in at the time.

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
I’ve had so many lovely things happen that it’s hard to choose. But who can forget the thrill of unpacking your author’s box of books from the printer, lifting out the shiny beautiful new book and holding it in your hands?

4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
The secrets to a happy and productive life: be kind to others and to yourself, work out the really important thing you wish to achieve and just do it.