Today I welcome author Morton S. Gray to the blog in order to help spread a little more #booklove. Morton will be sharing her favourite book of all time with us in just a moment, but first let’s put a face to the name.
Morton’s debut novel The Girl on the Beach was published by Choc Lit in January 2017, after she won the publisher’s Search for a Star competition in 2016. She lives in Worcestershire, UK with her husband, two sons and little white dog.
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More about The Girl on the Beach:-
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.
Favourite book from childhood
My favourite book from childhood would have to be Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton. This book, and indeed many of her other books, inspired me to both read and write. I devoured her stories of adventure, treasure, big brothers, caves and dogs. I swear that voracious reading of these and the Biggles series of books by Captain W. E. Johns helped me to develop my skills of expression.
The first book you fell in love with
The first book I fell in love with would be Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore. I was captivated by the story setting and the hero, Jon Ridd. I can remember reading this book on a family holiday in Scotland. I recall little about the scenery, as my nose was firmly in the book carried away by the romance of the novel.
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
The book character I’m totally in love with? Hmmm … this would be a close run thing between Mr Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, John Thornton in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South and Ratty in Sue Moorcroft’s Starting Over.
Weirdest book crush
Shogun by James Clavell
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon. I didn’t want it to end.
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
Kate Morton’s The Lake House has been on my shelf for a while, but it’s a paperback and I read mainly e-books these days. Guess I’ll have to buy an electronic version.
Guilty Reading pleasure
My guilty reading pleasure is reading Psychologies Magazine and Landscape Magazine. Psychologies has lots of articles to remind you of what is important in life, so it helps with my state of mind. Landscape has wonderful photography and many of the articles in this magazine have inspired settings, character details and ideas for my novels.
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
My favourite genre has to be romance, but I do like an added mystery or suspense to my romance reading (and writing).
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
I’m thoroughly enjoying LJ Ross’ DCI Ryan series at the moment. There are currently five books – Holy Island, Sycamore Gap, Heavenfield, Angel and High Force – I’m on the fifth and have read them back-to-back!
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
Probably Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. This book subtly makes you examine what is important in your life, so is almost therapy in a book. I’ve read this one several times too.
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
My favourite book of all time is Wintercombe by Pamela Belle. I named this one because I have read it so many times. My paperback is really tattered, so I was delighted to find that this tale of the English Civil war has now been put onto Kindle. As a story, it has all of the elements I like – great characters, love story, intrigue, tension, history and a world you can lose yourself in.
Thanks Morton. Some fabulous choices in there. Have to totally agree about the DCI Ryan books. They are brilliant. And Famous Five – such a key part of my childhood for sure. Oh and there’s a handy link to the e-book of The Lake House up top if you still fancy it 😉
What do you think guys? Do you agree. Any of these make your lists or do you have soem other recommendations for Morton based on her current #BookLove choices?
Make sure to stop by on Sunday when Susanna Beard will be sharing her #booklove confessions.
Have a brilliant day all