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.
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Morton S Gray
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 at 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 novel ‘The Girl on the Beach’. This debut novel published on 24 January 2017, follows a woman with a troubled past as she tries to unravel the mystery surrounding her son’s headteacher, Harry Dixon.
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.
Q&A With Morton S Gray
Describe yourself using three words?
Creative, caring, driven.
What inspired you to write your first novel?
My first ever novel was written when I was fourteen and was inspired by an old film. I guess it would be called fanfiction these days. I have written many others since.
The Girl on the Beach, my first published novel was inspired by the combination of a couple of press articles and a friend, who runs an art gallery at Bevere, near Worcester, running an art competition at my son’s high school.
What time of day do you like to write?
I write best first thing in the morning. After dropping my son at the railway station to catch his train to school, I very often stop off at Costa and enjoy a leisurely breakfast, skinny flat white and brown toast with honey, whilst disappearing into my fictional world. All of my first drafts are written long hand in notebooks.
What is your favourite book and why?
I have so many favourite books, so it is difficult to choose just one. The books I have re-read more than any others are Wintercombe by Pamela Belle and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
I love Wintercombe because it is set in one of my favourite periods of history – The English Civil War. I love the characters and the story and never get tired of reading it.
Eat, Pray, Love the book is so much more than the film most people think of when they hear that title. It is a book about a woman losing herself and then gradually putting herself back together, so if I feel a little lost I often revisit it.
How did you pick the title of your book?
The publisher chose the title of the book. Most authors have a pet name for their manuscript, mine was “Who is Harry Dixon?”, which is still used for the title of the blurb on the book, but most publishers will change the working title for something they think will be eye catching and sell well.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
The characters in my book are purely fictional, but inevitably some detail from your own life will leak into the manuscript. Ellie’s shoes from one of the beach scenes are based on a pair my best friend owns. My husband’s favourite food is beans on cheese on toast, you’ll find that in The Girl on the Beach if you watch out for it. I have a teenage son, so that was useful for research for the younger characters 😉
If you were a colour what would it be?
Purple most definitely!
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
It is a source of constant fascination to me that in my day to day life I am a planner, but when it comes to writing, I just let it flow – and it does!
Who is your favourite Author?
Again, I have so many favourites – Sue Moorcroft, Barbara Erskine, Linda Gillard, to name a few. A new author I’m impressed with is fellow Choc Lit author, Victoria Cornwall.
Are you working on a new project?
I am currently editing three other books set in my fictional seaside town of Borteen. Watch out for some of the characters from The Girl on the Beach making a future appearance.
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