Versatile bloggers

versatilebloggerMy writing friend and pirate lady-in-chief/1066 chronicler Helen Hollick has nominated me as a versatile blogger. It’s a way to recognise other bloggers and introduce them and their readers to new blogs. And people blog about the most amazing subjects…

So, what do I have to do?
1. Display the logo (cut and paste it from her post)
2. Write a post and link back to the blogger who nominated me
3. Post seven interesting things about myself (am I that interesting?)
4. Nominate up to fifteen other bloggers (and why I’ve nominated them)
5. Inform them of their nomination

Seven things about me:
1. I grew up reading Children of the New Forest (Marryat), Heidi (Spyri), The Jennings series (Buckmaster), The Emerald Crown (Needham), Eagle of the Ninth (Sutcliff) and Narnia (Lewis). As a teenager, I passed on to The Saint (Charteris), Regency novels (Heyer), Pride and Prejudice (Austen), Modesty Blaise (O’Donnell) and The Prisoner of Zenda (Hope).

2. I’ve spoken French since I was five.

3. Roman Europe has been my playground from age eleven: Ampurias, Orange, Nimes, Lullingstone, Arles, Saarlburg, Zadar, Pont du Gard, Trier, Narbonne, Cyprus, Carleon and lately Cannae, Pompeii and Rome. On a dig at Usk, I once found a Roman glass vial – a proud moment!

4. My six years in the reserve forces were anything but reserved. I did a lot of very interesting things I can’t talk about, even now.

5. I love wine tasting, talking and listening, and planning trips but am not good at being bored.

6. I’m fascinated by gender attitudes, especially towards women in the military. In fact I wrote my masters’ dissertation on it and turned it into Military or Civilians?

7. I spend too much time on social media, but I learn so much from, and about, other people.

In my turn, I nominate a versatile selection for you!
1. Nik Morton (No relation!) He writes adventure, spies and Westerns at a prolific rate and has a terrific wide-ranging blog
2. Elaine Moxton who loves post-Roman Britain and writes a mean blog
3. David Ebsworth – who writes about heroines at Waterloo, the kraals at Ulundi, the Spanish Civil War and Jacobites. You can’t get more versatile than that!
4. Charlene Newcomb who writes historical, mainstream & SciFi with roots in the Star Wars expanded universe. Loves travel, coffee, & chocolate. Nuff said!
5. Debbie Young – who writes about the world of independent publishing, short stories, flash fiction and is commissioning editor of the Alliance of Independent Authors’ blog as well as advisor on marketing and PR.
6. J J Marsh – the creator of DI Beatrice Stubbs and writing guru
7. Mark Patton – another ‘Roman writer’, very clever and insightful – a treat to read his posts
8. Antoine Vanner – who writes about the Victorian age of stem, heroes, warfare, and moral dilemmas
9. Stephanie Hopkins – Her ‘Layered Pages’ is a famous book blog – guaranteed versatility!



Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers, INCEPTIO,  PERFIDITAS and SUCCESSIO. The fourth book, AURELIA, is due out in May 2015.

Find out more about Roma Nova, its origins, stories and heroines…

3 comments to Versatile bloggers

  • Wow! Where will I start first Alison! Of course you are interesting! When you read Rosemary Sutcliffe’s books did you try Henry Treece too? My own dissertation whilst at teacher training college was to compare and contrast the books written by both these authors. I wonder if your Master’s dissertation set you on the road to your Roma Nova books? Do you ever find yourself in any of your characters Alison? Leila.

    • Alison Morton

      I think I must have read Henry Treece – it’s such a long time ago! Roma Nova has been in my head for a very long time, but my dissertation was perhaps an expression of that curiosity.

      And am I any of my characters? I couldn’t possibly comment. 😉

  • […] Alison Morton, author of the Roma Nova series and fellow B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree, named me a versatile blogger.  How cool is that? What a great way to be introduced to readers of Alison’s blog and to recognize other writers. Check out the other individuals she nominated. (I would’ve added at least 2 of them here if she hadn’t nabbed them!) […]

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