How I Became a Writer

I’ve been asked a lot lately about what made me a writer – so I decided to try to define it.

Learning to read before I started school gave me a voracious appetite for reading books. My mother made sure I had plenty in the house. We went to the library once a week and were members of a book club. Mom used to read to me all the time, snuggled up on the sofa and my love for a good story was born. Favourites as a small child were Famous Five books, Secret Seven and Biggles.

IMG_1995 At school, I loved putting my imagination to work on stories and poems. My junior school had a quarterly magazine and I vied to have my material included. I still have some editions in the attic. Maybe I’ll dig them out to show you what I was writing then. I also have the little book of poems that I wrote around the age of twelve.


Teenage years were all about study. I was determined to do well, so my writing was mainly coursework. My love of reading continued, my favourites now being Walter Scott and Alistair MacLean. I penned my first novel at fourteen – it was a swashbuckler, full of pirates, tall ships and swords.

By university, I’d moved on to reading Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen, but I was still writing coursework rather than fiction. My degree was in Business Studies and German.


Work then took over and I can’t remember writing fiction for a while, it was board minutes , letters, reports and training manuals in the main.

When I started my own business, I had to write a lot of marketing materials and was good at getting press releases into local newspapers.

After having my second child, I wasn’t very well and drifted around aimlessly for a while. An acquaintance started a publishing company and she held a short story competition. I only entered to show willing, but I won. The spark was ignited.

I began to study with the Open College of the Arts and obtained a Certificate of Higher Education in Creative Writing. I could have studied further, but the course was taking me into areas I was less interested in and I’d decided by then that I wanted to write romance novels.

By Morton S. Gray

Author of romantic suspense novels.


  1. I too was brought up on the Famous Five. It’s a shame that Enid Blyton fell out of favour because I’m sure she got thousands (if not millions) of children hooked on books.


  2. I love reading about how authors began writing. I loved Enid Blyton, too – and didn’t she also write the Adventure books? Not sure if I’ve got the right series, but it had 4 children and a parrot called Kiki! I loved those, the Famous Five and also the folk of the Faraway Tree. She always got the imagination going!


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