One day I decided to write a book of high adventure set in an alternative, modern Rome, including a hunky hero, but with the story driven by a young woman who transformed from a prickly twenty-five year old nobody into somebody she’d been waiting all her life to become. She, Carina, went on in the next fifteen years to battle betrayal and a particularly nasty nemesis while finding a passionate love which didn’t always run very smoothly.
Then I became fascinated by this girl’s grandmother, Aurelia, a senator, imperial councillor and ‘elder stateswoman’ in the first three books, but who in her youth had served as a crack Praetorian officer and played a pivotal part in Roma Nova’s fight back from a bitter rebellion.
Both were intended to be single books.
Well, you know what happened. There was just too much story, too much history and too many layers and aspects to these two heroines and the challenges to contain in single books. So this is why were have six books and two trilogies.
My next book will DEFINITELY be a single book.
Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers INCEPTIO, PERFIDITAS, SUCCESSIO, AURELIA and INSURRECTIO. The sixth, RETALIO, is due out on 27 April 2017. Audiobooks now available for the first four of the series
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