Roma Nova on Jo Frances Penn's Books and Travel podcast

Alison with Jo Frances Penn

Travel is a wide concept. It doesn’t just mean trotting up the steps to a plane or sitting back looking out of a train window, or even visiting entrancing and exotic places.

Travel can be in the mind, across hundreds or possibly thousands of years, into other realities and mentalities, even into an alternative time. So I was thrilled to be invited by Jo Frances Penn (also known as Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn) to be be interviewed for her Books and Travel podcast. You can read the transcript here and listen to our hugely enjoyable discussion:

  • The early genesis of an idea for books about an alternative history based on Ancient Rome
  • How the past and the present are connected by landscape
  • Places that have inspired aspects of the Roma Nova books
  • Bringing my personal military experience into fiction
  • Language and how it can impact appreciation of a place and culture
  • Recommended books about ancient Rome and some alt-history novels

Thank you so much, Joanna – it was 100% fun.
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Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers –  INCEPTIO, CARINA (novella), PERFIDITAS, SUCCESSIO,  AURELIA, NEXUS (novella), INSURRECTIO  and RETALIO,  and ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories.  Audiobooks are available for four of the series. Double Identity, a contemporary conspiracy, starts a new series of thrillers.

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