Guest Post: How much of “Trevor” goes into his books?

I know y’all have seen Trevor’s name on HPB before. That’s because Trevor (T.A.) ROCKS!!!

Today is day two of the “WHAT HAPPENS IN TUSCANY… by T.A. Williams” blog tour!! I am proud to share an amazing guest post on how much Trevor puts himself into his books. Grab a coffee or tea and settle in for a good read! Then go buy his newest release What Happens in Tuscany… and don’t move until you’ve finished reading it. 😉 Now, everyone say hi to Trevor!!!

TAWilliams-WhatHappensinTuscanyWell, they say you should write about what you know. And I suppose I should know lots about me. So it’s pretty inevitable that I’m going to transpose stuff from my life onto my characters. Let’s take a look at What Happens in Tuscany…,  my fourth book for publishers Carina UK. Where does Trevor Williams rear his bald and wrinkly head?

For starters, like with my previous book, When Alice Met Danny, I didn’t make it easy for myself. I chose to write this one from the standpoint of the main character, Katie. Katie is a woman. I’m not. So not much chance of overlap there, I hear you say. Well, that’s not strictly correct.

You see, first of all, Katie falls in love with a black Labrador called Dante. He speaks Italian (or at least he understands it). My old Lab definitely slotted in straight after my wife and daughter in my affections (outstripping both of them on occasions, but don’t tell them I said that). Dante is the canine glue that holds the story together.

So, we’ve established that Katie has inherited my love of big black dogs.

Second, Katie and Victoria go off to live in Tuscany, in a beautiful villa on the hillside just outside Florence. Well, many, many years ago, as newly-weds, my wife and I rented an apartment right behind the villa I describe in the book. Both Katie and Victoria share my love of that wonderful place. I hope my description of it manages to do justice to somewhere that will always be very dear to me. If I wasn’t married to the only Italian in the world who prefers to live in England rather than in Italy, I would, without doubt, be writing this in a little house in the middle of a Tuscan olive grove.

So that’s the dog and the house. Now, what about the story? The main premise of the story is that Victoria has been kept secluded, far away from the big wide world, for years and years, and she is finding it hard to integrate into 2015. It’s a problem I share with her. Now that my writing career has started to take off, I have had to embrace social media and, I can tell you, it hasn’t been easy!

trevor-williamsThe other characters? The local people working in the olive groves are based on people I knew when we lived down there. The housekeeper and her husband are based on the janitor and his wife at the place I used to work in the centre of Florence. All the characters in the book love good wine and good food, and that’s me all over.

Looking back over my previous books, I find numerous other examples of how experiences and people in my life appear in my work. In When Alice Met Danny  Alice buys a house to develop and finds it full of poo. That is exactly what I did when I first started doing a bit of property developing. Her work colleague, Danny, loves windsurfing. So did I for years until I knackered my back. In What Happens in Tuscany…, the enigmatic Paul Taylor loves fritto misto. I’m with him a far as that’s concerned. Not familiar with fritto misto? Read the book and I guarantee you’ll be salivating by the end!

So, like it or lump it, I’m afraid you’ll find out quite a bit about me in my books.

 

 

*This event was organized by Bliss Book Promotions*

About T. A. Williams

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.