Martin Morton, the author of 'The Water's Edge' and 'The Water's Depth', released his book in September 2019. We wanted to catch up with the new author and see how life had been treating him since he was published.
- Did you always dream of becoming an author?
Yes. It’s many years since my first attempt was rejected but the little flame burnt on.
- What was your first job?
Astronomer, doing research at Imperial College in London. (It’s a base for unusual career paths: see Brian May)
- How did you come about writing your book? Was that your intention or did you start writing for fun?
I thought erotic literature could be about real people in real situations – and I set that as a ‘fun challenge’ for myself. I had some very good feedback and thought I should see if I could get the story published.
- What was your life like before you became an author?
I had been in business – and travelled a great deal internationally. Then I retired early and bought a boat.
- Now that you are a published author, how has your life changed, if at all?
I am more disciplined about committing to the sequels – and I enjoy writing every day. The Water’s Edge is the first of a quintet – and the characters are now spinning off into other stories. The Water’s Depth and Careless Hours are already in the publishing pipeline.
- Can you please describe a typical day in your life now?
I always wake early and spend the first two or three hours writing, whether I’m on the boat or in the apartment. Beyond that, it’s either enjoying the Adriatic – or family time.
- What is your most memorable moment of your life as an author?
The first time I had feedback that someone couldn’t put the book down – they were late getting their child’s tea!
I want the characters to be real and engaging; I’d like the sexy passages to be stimulating (whether that’s memorable, enlightening, or encouraging); but, above all, I’d like readers to be captivated by the stories.
- In a few words, how would you review your experience with Pegasus Publishers?
Very impressed. Everything has happened as I was told it would.
- Why did you choose Pegasus Publishers?
From the research I did, they were top of my shortlist; then, fortunately, they liked the book and agreed to publish. Embarrassingly simple, really, but very exciting.