Meet author Alison Morton

Even before she pulled on her first set of combats, Alison Morton was fascinated by the idea of women soldiers. Brought up by a feminist mother and an ex-military father, it never occurred to her that women couldn’t serve their country in the armed forces. Everybody in her family had done time in uniform and in theatre all over the globe.

So busy in her day job, Alison joined the Territorial Army in a special communications regiment and left as a captain, having done all sorts of interesting and exciting things no civilian would ever know or see. Or that she can talk about, even now…

But something else fuels her writing…
A ‘Roman nut’ since age 11, Alison misspent decades clambering over Roman sites throughout Europe. Fascinated by the breathtaking mosaics at Ampurias in Spain and the engineering brilliance of the Pont du Gard in France, she was curious about the role of women in the complex, powerful and value-driven Roman civilisation. That started her wondering what a modern Roman society would be like if run by strong women…

Now, she lives in France with her husband and writes Roman-themed alternate history thrillers with tough heroines and has begun a new series with a Franco-British ex-special forces heroine.

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Fact file:
Education: BA French, German & Economics, MA History
Memberships: International Thriller Writers, Historical Novel Society, Alliance of Independent Authors, Society of Authors, Romantic Novelists’ Association, Crime Writers Association

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.

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About the books…

The Carina strand

INCEPTIO, the first Carina Mitela adventure
– shortlisted for the 2013 International Rubery Book Award
– B.R.A.G. Medallion
– finalist in 2014 Writing Magazine Self-Published Book of the Year

CARINA, the second Carina Mitela adventure
– A novella set between the stories in INCEPTIO and PERFIDITAS
– A Discovered Diamond 2017

PERFIDITAS, the third Carina Mitela adventure
– B.R.A.G. Medallion
– finalist in 2014 Writing Magazine Self-Published Book of the Year

SUCCESSIO, the fourth Carina Mitela adventure
– Historical Novel Society’s indie Editor’s Choice for Autumn 2014
– B.R.A.G. Medallion
– Editor’s choice, The Bookseller’s inaugural Indie Preview, December 2014
– Longlisted for the 2015 HNS Indie prize

The Aurelia strand

AURELIA, the first Aurelia Mitela adventure
– Historical Novel Society’s indie Editor’s Choice for Autumn 2015
– B.R.A.G. Medallion
– Finalist, 2016 HNS Indie Award
– Chill with A Book Award
_ Discovered Diamond (Special Award) – 2017
– Readers’ Favorite 2019

NEXUS, the second Aurelia Mitela adventure
– A novella set between the stories in AURELIA and INSURRECTIO
– Discovered Diamond  September 2019

INSURRECTIO, the third Aurelia Mitela adventure
– Historical Novel Society’s indie Editor’s Choice for Spring 2016
– B.R.A.G. Medallion
– Chill With a Book Award Book of the Month February 2017

RETALIO, the fourth Aurelia Mitela adventure
A classic tale of resistance and retribution – the endgame between Aurelia and Caius
– B.R.A.G. Medallion, October 2017
– Discovered Diamond April 2017
– Bookmuse Recommended Read
– Historical Novel Society reviewed
– Chill with a Book Readers’ Award

ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories from AD 370 to 2029
– A Discovered Diamond 2018
– Bookmuse reviewed 2018
– 2018 BooksGoSocial Readers Choice Award shortlisted

The Mélisende series – new!

Double Identity, a contemporary crime thriller where Mel/Mélisende, an ex-French special forces intelligence analyst, must hunt down her fiancé’s killer ‘helped’ by grumpy cop Jeff McCracken who wants to pin the murder on her…

Double Pursuit, the sequel, where Mel is hunting arms smugglers. But who is hunting her? And will she have to return to the place she dreads?

‘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 dusk of the Roman Empire?
‘The Idealist’ in Betrayal
Was 19th century Statia Mitela’s act of altruism a betrayal or was she betrayed?

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


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. Double Pursuit, the sequel, is now out!

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