Saturday, August 8, 2015

Blog Tour Stop and GIVEAWAY! Q & A with T.A. Williams, author of What Happens in Cornwall

This afternoon I had the pleasure to interview the charming, T.A. Williams!  He is the author of several books you may know, include his newest:
Other books that T.A. has completed in the past:
If you are anything like me, you are IN LOVE with these covers!  They are absolutely gorgeous!  

Trevor, let me begin our chat by thanking you for joining me at One Book At A Time today!  I am thrilled to finally be able to interview, and at such a great time, during your book tour for What Happens in Cornwall!  (Such an amazing book BTW!)

Little background information on THE T.A. Williams himself:
Firstly, my name isn't T A. It's Trevor. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, "Dirty Minds" one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn't possibly comment. Ask my wife...
I've written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I'm enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a tug, then I know I’ve done my job.
I‘ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away in south west England. I love the place. That’s why you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh, yes, and a black Labrador. 

I've been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However, underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she's right.

Let me beginning by asking, Trevor, I am in love with What Happens in Cornwall, where did you get the inspiration for this piece?
I’m so glad you like the book. The inspiration for it is difficult to pin down. I live in Devon (the county right alongside Cornwall) and I wanted to write something set in this area. My previous books, When Alice Met Danny and What Happens in Tuscany are both set (at least partly) down here in Devon so I thought I might push this next one a little bit further west. As for the story, I have always been interested in medieval history so making my heroine an archaeologist seemed like a good idea. I lived in Italy for a number of years and know the people quite well so making my paparazzi Italians was an easy choice. From then on, as with all my books, it just sort of happened. I normally start out with a rough idea of what is going to happen but then, if I’m lucky, the book just sort of takes on a life of its own and starts to lead me along. I know it sounds crazy, but that’s the way I work.

You know I have to ask this question for my readers, is there another book to look forward to in the works?  Anything you can tell me?
Yes, indeed. My next book will be coming out in the autumn and its title is… What Happens at Christmas. I can’t tell you much apart from the fact that I really love it. I hope my readers do too. It’s set in a tiny Dartmoor village and the heroine is on a voyage of discovery. As for the one after, I have a feeling that’s going to be set in the Italian Alps. We’ll see…

When you aren’t writing, what do you like to do for fun to rest and relax?
I’m a bit of an exercise freak. I do a lot of cycling and I go for a long distance bike ride every September. I play tennis a couple of times a week and walk a lot. For fun, I write. For me it’s not so much a job as a drug. I love it.

You write amazing chick lit/romantic comedy pieces, what do you enjoy reading?
To be honest, I mostly read non-fiction. As I said before, I’ve got a thing about medieval history, so anything to do with that period is great. Also, I’m deeply into the history of the First World War at the moment and have just finished reading a biography of Wilfred Owen, arguably one of the greatest British war poets. I only rarely read chicklit or romcoms, preferring to avoid maybe being influenced by what somebody else writes. 

To finish out our fun chat, do you have any trips or vacations planned coming up?  Will they be inspiration for your next book by any chance?
Like I said before, there’s an annual bike ride. This year we’re going to the wilds of rural Spain in early September for a 400 mile round trip starting and finishing at beautiful old Salamanca. My wife is Italian and we will probably go over to see her family some time in the autumn. As my next book to be written will probably be set in the Italian Alps (near where they live), I’ll take my notepad and my camera and do a bit of research. I actually lived there for 4 years a long time ago (that’s how we met), so it will be more a question of refreshing my memory, rather than learning totally new stuff.

Thanks again for your support!


Trevor,  THANK YOU so much for visiting One Book At A Time this afternoon!  I had an fun time catching up with you and helping your readers learn more about the man behind these amazing books!  I look forward to hearing more details about your next book when we chat more!  You will have to stop by and fill my readers in as well!!
 You can find Trevor at the following links:

Have an AMAZING weekend friends!

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