I’m so excited to have a very special guest here with us today: Alison Morton who is the author to the alternative history series called Roma Nova. Be sure to check out her sites below!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ve been fascinated by the Romans since I was 11 and that’s a while ago! In between normal life events – earlier career in various sectors, marriage, raising our son, running my own business – I spent many of my vacations clambering over Roman Europe.
These days I live in France with my husband, write thrillers, cultivate a Roman herb garden and drink wine.
What aspects of your life led you to writing the kind of books you write?
I have a masters’ in history, six years’ military service and I love a good thriller. And I’ve always believed that a woman could run things as well as any man.
After the novel writing bug was triggered by a terrible film, all these came together and resulted in the Roma Nova thriller series.
What’s your favorite part about being a writer?
Two things: firstly, the research and the way you become diverted into looking up stuff totally unrelated to your work in progress and secondly, receiving an email or review from a reader who totally gets what you are trying to say in your books.
Tell us more about your books.
They’re adventure thrillers set in a modern Roman society run by strong women (Roma Nova). Of course, our heroines are fallible and of course they have strong love interests, but it’s the women who lead the action and call the shots. While the books are thrillers, there are no dripping body parts.
The first one, INCEPTIO, starts in New York when an ordinary girl, Karen Brown, is hunted by a government enforcer. But in steps an attractive Roma Novan spy who helps her escape. But Karen finds it isn’t just gratitude she feels towards him.
She discovers her Roma Nova heritage and her true name. Her new life in Roma Nova is shattered a few months later when the government enforcer crosses the Atlantic and comes after her. He has a very personal reason to pursue her …
What are you currently working on?
I’ve just sent the sixth book in the series to the copy editor and that will be out this April. Now I’m developing a novella, also set in Roma Nova.
How do you get into the minds of your characters?
I close my eyes and let them have conversations with each other. And sometimes I let them run around in my head acting out scenes. It’s important to establish each character’s separate personality from the start. Many people find it helpful to write out character profiles. Stories, whatever their setting and purpose, are all about people in the end.
What’s your favorite traveling destination? Any place you haven’t visited and would love to?
Rome is my absolute favourite – impressive in so many ways.
In 2015, we visited the US and Canada for seven weeks seeing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Washington DC, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Beverly Hills, New York, Chicago, Niagara Falls, Quebec and a lot else! Last year I did ten trips to the UK to speak at events as well as two here in France. In March I’m off to the London Book Fair and then to Dublin, Ireland to speak in June. That’s plenty of travel at present!
What do you see in the future for women in general?
I think we’ll keep nudging towards a more egalitarian world, but there’s a long way to go. We must continue to stand up for a truly equal place in the world and chisel away at ingrained and subconscious acceptance of stereotypes that surround us.
Any additional comments or advice you’d like to add for our readers?
If you’re a writer keep writing and be persistent. Make your work the best it can be – no compromise! If you’re a reader, the best thing you can do when you read a wonderful book is to leave a review.
Social media links
Connect with Alison on her Roma Nova site
Facebook author page
Alison’s Amazon page