Alison Morton

About me

Despite researching 1930s Germany for “Military or Civilians?” for my master’s degree in history, I’m a deep-steeped Roman ‘nut’. But the timeline for history in my books is a little different…

The Roma Nova “what if” stories are based on the premise that a group of pagan dissident Romans left Italy in AD 395 after the last Theodosian decree was enforced, and founded a new colony in the northern mountains. Their descendants have retained core Roman values and customs but through necessity have adapted their society to the times. The first three thrillers are set in the 21st century.

Both INCEPTIO, the first in the Roma Nova series, which was also shortlisted for the 2013 International Rubery Book Award, and PERFIDITAS, the second in series, have been honoured with the B.R.A.G. Medallion®, an award for independent fiction that rejects 90% of its applicants. Alison’s third book, SUCCESSIO, was published in June 2014.

From my website

Using your reader report

This is one for the writers, but readers might be interested in a vital part of the process that goes to producing a story. I say producing, because like a piece of pottery, a story starts as a heap of dull, wet mud. Writing the first draft is like throwing…

Writing about recognition – Writing News

It’s a funny time to be pursuing a writing career, but an exciting one.  All authors, apart from the biggest names, need to publicise their own books whether they’re self-published, small press or even big house published. Writing Magazine commissioned me to write  a piece about how to seek and find…

Roman cops

Thinking about police, gendarmes and emergency services in the past few days brought me to the law enforcers of Ancient Rome. Faced with terrorist attack (or riot, revolt and rebellion), they would have been robust in their attitude and actions. So who policed Rome? Portable Roman fire engine nozzle, Madrid Museum…

 
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