Hi lovelies. I know it has been FOREVER but I have been and I still am very busy with the final year of my PhD. I do miss all of you though and all the filofax addicts will be pleased to know my lovely Malden is still by my side. I am coming out of my blog hiatus for a very special guest post. I am really pleased to have Alison Morton on the blog today and she has written about her new novel Inceptio. It is a fantastic read (I would love it to be made into a movie) but without further ado..... here is Alison!
Thank you very much for welcoming me to your blog today, Kyla.
My debut novel, INCEPTIO, was published this month, the end of three years of slog – researching, writing, and polishing. It’s a thriller, so it’s doubly exciting.
It started off when I was eleven. I was fascinated by the mosaics in Ampurias (huge Roman site in Spain). Who had designed and made them, whose house were they in, who had walked on them?
I asked my father, “What would it be like if Roman women were in charge, instead of the men?” Maybe it was the fierce sun boiling my brain, maybe it was just a precocious kid asking a smartass question. But clever man and senior ‘Roman nut’, my father replied, “What do you think it would be like?” Real life intervened (school, uni, career, military, marriage, motherhood, business ownership), but the idea bubbled away in my mind and INCEPTIO slowly took shape as an alternate history thriller.
How is an ‘alternate history thriller’ different from a normal thriller?
Alternate history is based on the idea of “what if”? What if King Harold had won the Battle of Hastings in 1066? Or if Julius Caesar had taken notice of the warning that assassins wanted to murder him on the Ides of March? Sometimes, it could be little things such as in the film Sliding Doors, when the train door shuts and Gwyneth Paltrow’s character splits into two; one rides away on the train, the other is left standing on the platform.
The rest of the story from that point on develops differently from the one we know. In my book, Roma Nova battled its way from a small colony somewhere north of Italy in the late fourth century into a high tech, financial mini-state which retained and developed Roman Republican values, but with a twist. It’s really fun working this out! The thriller story then takes place against this background.
Stories with Romans are usually about famous emperors, epic battles, depravity, intrigue, wicked empresses and a lot of sandals, tunics and swords. But imagine the Roman theme projected sixteen hundred years further forward into the 21st century. How different would that world be?
So what’s INCEPTIO about?
New York – present day, alternate reality. Karen Brown, angry and frightened after surviving a kidnap attempt, has a harsh choice – being eliminated by government enforcer Jeffery Renschman or fleeing to the mysterious Roma Nova, her dead mother’s homeland in Europe. Founded sixteen centuries ago by Roman exiles and ruled by women, Roma Nova gives Karen safety, a ready-made family and a new career. But a shocking discovery about her new lover, the fascinating but arrogant special forces officer Conrad Tellus who rescued her in America, isolates her.
Renschman reaches into her new home and nearly kills her. Recovering, she is desperate to find out why he is hunting her so viciously. Unable to rely on anybody else, she undergoes intensive training, develops fighting skills and becomes an undercover cop. But crazy with bitterness at his past failures, Renschman sets a trap for her, knowing she has no choice but to spring it...
And next? I’m working on PERFIDITAS (Betrayal), the second book in the Roma Nova series.
You can find INCEPTIO on Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Inceptio-Roma-Nova-Alison-Morton/dp/1781320624 and Amazon US http://www.amazon.com/Inceptio-Roma-Nova-Alison-Morton/dp/1781320624
You can read more about Alison, Romans, alternate history and writing here:
Have a wonderful day all of you and I hope you go out and buy this book!