Cornish Summer Memories from Morton S. Gray

Posted on: July 30th, 2018

To celebrate the paperback publication of One Cornish Summer Morton S. Gray tells us about her Cornish holiday…

Cornish Memories


I have fond memories of my childhood holidays in Cornwall. This photo has always been one of my favourites, as I look so blonde and sweet. I believe it to be on Polperro or Looe quay – maybe a reader can confirm or dispute this. It is definitely taken before my sister arrived in my only childworld when I was seven. And, before you ask, my sister’s arrival was welcome as it meant I was no longer the sole focus of my parents and could be a little more mischievous, especially as my sister was a little tinker. Doesn’t my mother look glamorous?

Pictures of me as a small girl


When I was about eight, I became captivated by the legends of King Arthur. Convinced I would be the one to rediscover Excalibur, I made my parents sit by Dozmary Pool on Bodmin Moor for ages on one holiday convinced that the lady of the lake would emerge from the waters with the sword – she didn’t!


Dreamily visiting Tintagel, I was on the look out for that ridge in the grass that would turn out to be a previously unnoticed Excalibur! My dreams were full of knights in shining armour rescuing the flaxen haired princess – me of course!


These childhood Cornish holidays have merged into one over time. I have snap shots of sandy beaches, icecream, piles of china clay and the Cheesewring granite tor. There are references to surfing in Cornwall in my first novel The Girl on the Beach, but to say any more would be a spoiler.


The Girl On The Beach


Who is Harry Dixon?

When Ellie Golden meets Harry Dixon, she can’t help but feel she recognises him from somewhere. But when she finally realises who he is, she can’t believe it – because the man she met on the beach all those years before wasn’t called Harry Dixon. And, what’s more, that man is dead.

For a woman trying to outrun her troubled past and protect her son, Harry’s presence is deeply unsettling – and even more disconcerting than coming face to face with a dead man, is the fact that Harry seems to have no recollection of ever having met Ellie before. At least that’s what he says …

But perhaps Harry isn’t the person Ellie should be worried about. Because there’s a far more dangerous figure from the past lurking just outside of the new life she has built for herself, biding his time, just waiting to strike.

Morton lives with her husband, two sons and Lily, the tiny white dog, in Worcestershire, U.K. She has been reading and writing fiction for as long as she can remember, penning her first attempt at a novel aged fourteen. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.

Her debut novel The Girl on the Beach was e-published in January 2017, after she won Choc Lit Publishing Search for a Starcompetition. The story follows a woman with a troubled past as she tries to unravel the mystery surrounding her son’s headteacher, Harry Dixon. This book is available as a paperback from 10 April 2018.

Morton’s second book for Choc Lit The Truth Lies Buriedwas published as an e-book on 1 May 2018. Another romantic suspense novel, the book tells the story of Jenny Simpson and Carver Rodgers as they uncover secrets from their past.

Morton previously worked in the electricity industry in committee services, staff development and training. She has a Business Studies degree and is a fully qualified clinical hypnotherapist and Reiki Master. She also has diplomas in Tuina acupressure massage and energy field therapy. She enjoys crafts, history and loves tracing family trees. Having a hunger for learning new things is a bonus for the research behind her books.

You can catch up with Morton on her website, on Twitter – @MortonSGray, her Facebook page – Morton S. Gray Author –

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Purchasing links for The Girl on the Beach at

Purchasing link for The Truth Lies Buried at

Liz here…I’d also love to see and hear about your Cornish Summer memories. If you use the hashtag #OneCornishSummer  and tag me on Facebook, Twitter (@liz_fenwick) or Instagram  (@liz_fenwick) you’ll be in with a chance to win a copy and a bottle of Curio Rock Samphire Gin. (by joining the giveaway you confirm you are over 18). Winner will selected on 12/8/2018.