Welcome back to the lovely Morton S Gray, a fellow Choc Lit author who is still happily toasting the release of her debut novel, The Girl on the Beach. It’s Morton’s turn in my occasional series about where people write – because I know most readers love to have a vicarious mooch around their favourite author’s inner sanctum.
So to start the ball rolling, we’d all like to know whereabouts in your house is your study? That’s a gorgeous photo of you in it!
My study is right by the front door with a view of the street. It can be distracting, so I usually angle my blinds so that I can’t see out. The disadvantage of being so near the front door is that family members dump stuff in here as they come in, but I love the fact that the space is mine (hubbie has his study upstairs – we message each other to arrange coffee!).
Tell me about the family trees above your desk and the lovely picture in between them. It’s so vibrant, it couldn’t fail to put me in a good mood.
I’ve traced family trees for over thirty years, my own and other people’s. The ones above my desk are trees for my mom and dad, including some of the lovely photographs I own that make the ancestors feel human rather than just a range of dates.
The picture? I painted that on a ‘Discover Your Inner Goddess’ course in the Cotswolds!
What do you especially like around your space that inspires your writing?
I need books, book cover postcards and photographs around me, along with lots of nick-naks that inspire me. I even have a Lego camper van!
Your bookshelves are definitely shelves to be proud of. It’s hard to pick just one area of them – but, as I’m a notebook fiend, tell me about the notebook shelf.
I write all of my stories and poems long hand in notebooks, usually in coffee shops. The notebooks are testimony to the fact I have not been idle over the last few years. Most of them have tags to indicate the subject matter, be it novels, short stories or poems. I also write up family memories and stories for my family trees. The aim is to eventually empty that shelf and have everything published, but … erm … I think it’s going to be a long job.
I see no mug – every author has to have a mug nearby. Where do you hide yours? And – very important – what is your snack of choice when you’re working?
I love being a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, so I use my RNA mug at my desk. I try not to snack when I’m working, in fact, usually I’m too carried away to remember to snack or drink, the times I take a cold cup of coffee back to the kitchen!
Thank you Morton, there are some fantastic answers there – and a couple of biscuits too, I see….hmmmm. However, I now want to know who made the lego camper-van, as I’m afraid I can be a bit naughty and try to do my son’s lego – but we have a very basic lego camper-van. Nothing as grand as that one! Also, your Inner Goddess course sounds amazing. I can certainly think of worse ways to spend time.
“The Girl on the Beach” by Morton S. Gray
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.
Morton lives with her husband, two sons and Lily, the tiny white 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.
She studied creative writing with the Open College of the Arts and joined the Romantic Novelists’ New Writers’ Scheme in 2012.
After shortlisting in several first chapter competitions, she won The Choc Lit Publishing Search for a Star competition in 2016 with her contemporary romantic suspense novel ‘The Girl on the Beach’. This debut novel is published on 24 January 2017.
Previous ‘incarnations’ were in committee services, staff development and training. Morton has a Business Studies degree and is a fully qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Reiki Master. She also has diplomas in Tuina Acupressure Massage and Energy Field Therapy.
She enjoys crafts, history and loves tracing family trees. Having a hunger for learning new things is a bonus for the research behind her books.
Website – http://www.mortonsgray.com
Twitter – https://twitter.com/MortonSGray
Facebook Page – Morton S. Gray Author – https://www.facebook.com/mortonsgray/
Purchasing links for “The Girl on the Beach” at http://www.choc-lit.com/dd-product/the-girlon-the-beach/