17 Jan 2019
Alumna looks to a new chapter with her writing career
Jayne Hall (née Beddows) has proved it is never too late to pursue a new career as she prepares for the release of her fourth novel under her pen name, Morton S. Gray.
The 1981 Business Studies and German graduate turned to writing during a period of ill health. Her third book, Christmas at Borteen Bay, was released by publisher Choc Lit in November 2018. Her next novel is one of two expected this year.
Jayne, who attempted her first novel aged just 14, saw her debut novel The Girl on the Beach published in January 2017 after winning Choc Lit Publishing’s “Search for a Star”competition.The story follows a woman with a troubled past as she tries to unravel the mystery surrounding her son’s headteacher, Harry Dixon.
Commenting on her use of a pen name, Jayne said:
“I decided my pen name in my teens and have stuck with it. I’ve no idea where it came from, it just dropped into my head and feels right. I now seamlessly answer to either Jayne or Morton at writing events.”
Her second romantic suspense novel, The Truth Lies Buried, was released as an e-book in May 2018 and tells the story of Jenny Simpson and Carver Rodgers as they uncover secrets from their past. The book will be released as a paperback and audiobook in March.
As well as her career as an author, Jayne previously worked for Midlands Electricity before becoming a qualified clinical hypnotherapist and Reiki Master.
You can find out more about Jayne’s novels online.
We wish Jayne all the best with her new book.
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