I'm delighted to welcome Morton S Gray to my blog today. Winner of Choc Lit Publishing’s Search for a Star 2016, she's dropped by to tell us about her debut contemporary romantic suspense novel, “The Girl on the Beach” which is published on 24 January 2017. Congratulations, Morton!
Who is Harry Dixon?
When Ellie Golden meets Harry Dixon, she can’t help but feel she recognises him from somewhere. But when she finally realises who he is, she can’t believe it – because the man she met on the beach all those years before wasn’t called Harry Dixon. And, what’s more, that man is dead.
For a woman trying to outrun her troubled past and protect her son, Harry’s presence is deeply unsettling – and even more disconcerting than coming face to face with a dead man, is the fact that Harry seems to have no recollection of ever having met Ellie before. At least that’s what he says …
But perhaps Harry isn’t the person Ellie should be worried about. Because there’s a far more dangerous figure from the past lurking just outside of the new life she has built for herself, biding his time, just waiting to strike.
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Morton S. Gray lives with her husband, sons and Lily, the tiny dog, in Worcestershire, U.K. She has been reading and writing fiction for as long as she can remember, penning her first attempt at a novel aged fourteen, the plot of which closely resembled an Errol Flynn film. As with many authors, life got in the way of writing for many years until she won a short story competition in 2006 and the spark was well and truly reignited.
I asked Morton to tell us a bit more abour herself:
Has any author inspired you?
I have always loved books. We used to visit the library each week as a family and come home with our weekly reading. As a teenager, I progressed from Enid Blyton to Jane Austen, Alistair Mclean, Walter Scott and Thomas Hardy.
When I began writing seriously in more recent years, it was a book by Sue Moorcroft, “Starting Over” that struck a chord for me. I wanted to write like Sue, I’ve read all her books and attended some of her courses. It makes it very special that she has kindly read my debut novel “The Girl on the Beach” and given me a quote for it. Not only that, I’m being published by the publisher that produced “Starting Over”, Choc Lit, having won their Search for a Star competition in 2016.
I'm a big fan of Sue's work too, Morton. And massive congratulations on your success.
Are you a pantster or a plotter?
Now that is an interesting question. If you knew me, you would probably predict that I was a plotter, but I find novels don’t work for me if I try to over-plan. I start with a character with an interesting background and the story just seems to unfold before my pen.
The heroine in “The Girl on the Beach”, Ellie Golden, was born from a combination of factors, a couple of news headlines and a friend who owns an art gallery running an art competition at my son’s school.
What time of the day do you write best?
As early as possible. My son goes to school on the train and there is nothing I love better than calling into Costa on my way back home and indulging in a skinny flat white and brown toast, while I write long hand in a notebook. I can be settled in the café by 7.30 a.m. The baristas know me so well that my coffee is often prepared when I walk through the door if they spot me walking across the carpark! If I go straight home, I get distracted by household stuff.
What are your hobbies?
Since I began to take my writing more seriously, I seem to have had less time for my hobbies. I love nothing better than starting a new family tree for a friend, or adding some branches to my own. My other pastimes usually involve crafts, silk painting, lino cutting, crotchet, knitting, patchwork or painting. Let’s put it this way – I am never bored!
What advice would you give to other writers?
Write lots, attend courses, find a writing support network online and if possible in real life. I think it is important to experiment, so that you can find your own particular genre and voice.
My friend and I started the writing journey together. We had great fun writing flash fiction, short stories, poems, plays, memoirs and novels. After a while, I realised that novels were my way ahead and she went off to explore poetry in more depth. It doesn’t really matter, as long as you are enjoying what you are writing.
I totally agree, Morton, write what you enjoy.
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Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your book, Morton. Wishing you lots of success with it!
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