Sunday 22 March 2020

Sunday Brunch with Jaffareadstoo ~ Alison Morton

On this quiet Sunday morning why don't you put the kettle on, make your favourite breakfast and settle down for Sunday Brunch with Jaffareadstoo

I'd delighted to welcome author, Alison Morton

☼Good Morning, Alison. Happy Sunday !

What favourite food are you bringing to Sunday brunch? 

Croissant and pain au chocolat (I do live in France ;-) ). Then I follow it with Greek yoghurt with berries in an attempt to be healthy… 

Would you like a pot of English Breakfast tea, a strong Americano, or a glass of Bucks Fizz? 

Café au lait in a very large mug. I’ve already had my first cup of tea in bed. 

Which of your literary heroes are joining us today? 

If I can include dead or alive authors, I’d love Georgette Heyer, Robert Harris, William Boyd and Anne McCaffery 

What’s the title of the book nearest to you? 

L’Homme Aux Cercles Bleus (The Chalk Circle Man) by Fred Vargas
I’ve just started reading these clever crime thrillers in the original French (with the dictionary app on my phone close to hand!). But most of them are published in English. 

What’s the oldest book on your bookshelf? 

A Latin dictionary printed by Spottiswoode & Co dated 1869! 

Which book do you really want to read but haven’t had time for …yet! 

The Power by Naomi Alderman 

Do you have a guilty reading pleasure, and if so will you tell us about it? 

Haha! Anything by Georgette Heyer, especially Arabella or The Grand Sophy 

If the house was on fire which book would you rescue? 

I would end up in a heap of ash before I could decide. *cries* 

Do you have a reading/writing playlist on Spotify, or a favourite CD to listen to when reading/writing? And if so will you share with us a favourite song or piece of music that makes you feel happy? 

I prefer to write in total silence. Actually, I read in silence, too. 

Do you have a favourite place to settle down to read/write? 

I write in a purpose-built office in the half-basement under our house. The sun streams through the window most of the day. A gorgeous abelia just outside bursts into flower in summer and its leaves take on shiny red and bronze tones in the winter. 

Give us four essential items that a writer absolutely needs? 

Chocolate, persistence, curiosity and a Mac 

What can you tell us about your latest novel, or your current work in progress? 

NEXUS, a novella featuring Aurelia Mitela, is the latest in my Roma Nova thriller series. Aurelia offers to help a friend in the British foreign office search for his wayward son, but she’s recalled to Roma Nova to investigate a much more deadly affair.

Currently, I’m developing a modern crime series, but I’ll be back in Roma Nova soon! 

Where can we follow you on social media? 

Instagram handle: alisonmortonauthor 


  1. Ha! Alison a Heyer fan!I wonder what Georgette would think of Aurelia and Carina - somehow I think she'd nod approvingly :)

    1. Hi Anna, so many Heyer fans. I love a good Regency romance :)

  2. It was lovely to come back and visit you and Jaffa again, Jo. I'm mention our interview in my April newsletter.


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