Welcome to Alison Morgan’s author website.
Alison Morgan is a writer of mysteries, suspense and psychological thrillers.
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Use the Book link to see her current titles and the Blog link to see what has been happening lately and the odd musing.
Married to an overgrown child with a beard and too many motorbikes, Alison Morgan lives in a corner of a field in North Bedfordshire and is making the most of a mid-life crisis. The Morgans are determined not to grow old gracefully or to be seen wearing beige and can be found exploring life through a love of live music, anything with an engine, the sea, mountains, rugby, proper pubs and fascinating people.
Alison worked for the NHS for nearly thirty years, twenty of those within mental health services, at the front line, where she eventually became the manager of a countywide community service for people experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Much to her frustration, her heart decided to develop an electrical fault, and her career temporarily juddered to a halt. Not one for thumb twiddling, she took up position in front of a computer with a plan to write a set of clinical guidelines for assessment of psychosis, but instead a story, which had been lurking in her mind for several years, came tumbling out.
Her debut novel A Justifiable Madness is inspired by her life and career as a psychiatric nurse, and her fascination with the extremes of human behaviour. Two more novels have been published since: Divine Poison and The Camera Lies
From Nurse to Writer.
Writing a novel was far tougher than I imagined. The nursing profession involves hours of writing notes, producing reports and reviews but it most certainly did not equip me to become a writer of fiction. However, within six months of putting fingers to the keyboard, I managed to complete the first draft of A Justifiable Madness, of which I was immensely proud until I sought advice from an editor. What came back was the most comprehensive and constructive of reports, leaving me in no doubt that what I had produced was woefully inadequate as an acceptable piece of fiction writing. There was ‘a solid plot and an intriguing story’, but the telling of it had to be improved. I had been foundering in a sea of ineptitude.
Undeterred, I embarked on a journey of learning about the craft of writing. I reviewed, redrafted, restructured and reviewed again and again. Even when I was fortunate enough to be offered a contract by Bloodhound Books more editing was required and my thanks go to the team at Bloodhound and to editor Morgen Bailey who seemed to forgive that fact that I had forgotten everything my English teacher taught me at school. I’m really proud of the result. Not bad for a nurse.