A writing challenge – Day 1: Starting with revealing information...

Official photo! (More photos here)

A writing friend of mine, Jennifer C Wilson, has given me a challenge. Well, not directly, but an idea.

Every day in August, she’s been doing posts on aspects of writing. Now, I can’t guarantee to keep that up, but I’m going to have a go. I would LOVE to have your comments on these mini-posts so please do join in where and when you’d like.

Day 1: Introduce yourself

Ha! Well, here’s the ‘official bio’. (Click on the headings for further info and full links – you don’t want me spattering them on every line.)

Alison Morton writes the award-winning Roma Nova thriller series featuring tough, but compassionate heroines. She blends her deep love of Roman history with six years’ military service and a life of reading crime, adventure and thriller fiction. On the way, she collected a BA in modern languages and an MA in history.

All six full-length Roma Nova novels have won the BRAG Medallion, the prestigious award for indie fiction. SUCCESSIO, AURELIA and INSURRECTIO were selected as Historical Novel Society’s Indie Editor’s Choices.  AURELIA was a finalist in the 2016 HNS Indie Award. The Bookseller selected SUCCESSIO as Editor’s Choice in its inaugural indie review.

A ‘Roman nut’ since age 11, Alison misspent decades clambering over Roman sites throughout Europe. Fascinated by the mosaics at Ampurias (Spain), at their creation by the complex, power and value-driven Roman civilisation, she started wondering what a modern Roman society would be like if run by strong women…

Now she continues to write thrillers, cultivates a Roman herb garden and drinks wine in France with her husband.


The Carina strand
INCEPTIO where New Yorker Karen Brown is thrown into a new life in mysterious Roma Nova and fights to stay alive with a killer hunting her
CARINA, a novella, Carina’s first mission abroad. What could go wrong?
PERFIDITAS, six years on, where betrayal and rebellion are in the air, threatening to topple Roma Nova and ruin Carina’s life.
SUCCESSIO, where a mistake from the past threatens to destroy the next generation.

The Aurelia strand
AURELIA, in late 1960s Roma Nova, Aurelia Mitela battles her life-long nemesis, silver smuggling and is forced to choose between her love, her child and her country
NEXUS Mid 1970s, London, where a simple favour for a friend becomes a chilling pursuit across Europe
INSURRECTIO, where Aurelia Mitela struggles against a manipulative tyrant grabbing power. But it may already be too late to save Roma Nova…
RETALIO, a classic tale of resistance and retribution – the endgame between Aurelia and Caius

ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories from AD 370 to the present


‘A Roman Intervenes‘ in 1066 Turned Upside Down
How Galla Mitela, Roma Novan imperial councillor, attempts to stop the Norman invasion of England. One of a series of possible alternative outcomes of 1066.

‘The Mystery of Victory’ in Rubicon (HWA/Sharpe Books)
What did happen to the Altar of Victory in the dust of the Roman Empire?

Coming in November: The Idealist, in Betrayal, an anthology by the Historical Fictioneers, an international group of historical fiction writers. What exactly did happen in 1849 that now threatens to ruin, proscribe and exile Carina and the entire Mitela family?

Non Fiction
Military or civilians? The curious anomaly of the German Women’s Auxiliary Services during the Second World War.
The 500 Word Writing Buddy: 35 Inner Secrets for the New Writer

Four of the Roma Nova titles were sold to Audible Studios UK via Blake Friedmann Literary Agency (Agent – the late Carole Blake): INCEPTIO, PERFIDITAS, SUCCESSIO, AURELIA

Current work in progress
Double Identity, a modern conspiracy thriller – at final stage
FONDATIO (working title), set between 370 AD and 430 AD in Roman Noricum
A second thriller to follow Double Identity

Social media links
Connect with Alison on her Roma Nova site: https://alison-morton.com
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AlisonMortonAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alison_morton @alison_morton
Alison’s writing blog: https://alisonmortonauthor.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alisonmortonauthor/
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5783095.Alison_Morton
Alison’s Amazon page: http://Author.to/AlisonMortonAmazon
Newsletter sign-up: http://eepurl.com/ckNeFL

MembershipsInternational Thriller WritersHistorical Novel SocietyAlliance of Independent AuthorsSociety of AuthorsRomantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People

Speaking and media participation
Alison gives talks/workshops/panels on writing, thriller writing, self-publishing, alternative and historical fiction and social media at international writers’ and genre conferences, tutorial groups and associations.

She has also written articles for Writing Magazine, appeared on local radio and has written a column on writing and publishing for The Deux-Sèvres Monthly, the local English language magazine since 2012.

Some friends and colleagues…

So that’s me!

Day 2 is about what I’m working on now…


Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers –  INCEPTIO,  PERFIDITAS,  SUCCESSIO,  AURELIA,  INSURRECTIO  and RETALIO.  CARINA, a novella, and ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories, are now available.  Audiobooks are available for four of the series. NEXUS, an Aurelia Mitela novella, is now out.

Find out more about Roma Nova, its origins, stories and heroines… Download ‘Welcome to Roma Nova’, a FREE eBook, as a thank you gift when you sign up to Alison’s monthly email newsletter. You’ll also be first to know about Roma Nova news and book progress before everybody else, and take part in giveaways.

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