[Author Spotlight] T.A. Williams

Trevor is another author that I met toward the beginning of my book blogging days and definitely a favorite of mine. I’ve read most of his books (two to go I think), organized his past few blog tours and release blitzes, and have shared many wonderful conversations. I always look forward to his next release and am honored to be part of the process!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m British, half Scottish and half Welsh and I live in Devon, way down in rural south west England. I’m married to an Italian artist and I spent my working life in the Teaching English as a Foreign Language business, working in Italy and then back here in the UK. I’m terribly old (67 this year!) and it took me until I was 64 to get my first publishing contract, even though I’ve been writing since I was a kid. After writing historical novels, thrillers and humour, I’m now having a lot of fun writing romantic comedies.

Writing for me is like a drug. I’ve written eight books in three years and I’m halfway through book nine at the moment. What Happens in the Alps is the seventh of my books to be published by Carina UK (Harper Collins) and it draws heavily upon my experiences when I, just like my heroine Annie, lived and worked in the high Alps. I love Italy and would happily go back to live there again, but my wife has now lived longer in the UK than in Italy and she doesn’t want to move back. So I’ve got to put up with English weather, but least she provides me with Italian food here, so life’s not too bad.

About Trevor as an Author

What inspired you to write your first book?

Who knows? I’ve been writing since I was a teenager so I think it must just be in my DNA. This most recent book, What Happens in the Alps, was inspired by the years I spent living over there, working in an English language school, just like Annie.

What genre do you consider your book(s)?

Romantic comedy or chicklit (even though I know it’s a bit unusual for a man to write chicklit).

Do you have a specific writing style?

I suppose I do. Having been a teacher of English, I like to think that I write pretty “good” English. In particular, I use a lot of humour, particularly understatement (I think this is a very English sort of humour). But, most of all, I now (on my editor’s advice) write from the point of view of my main protagonist and she’s a she. So, not only am I writing books for women, I’m writing as a woman – no mean feat (my wife gets a whole heap of queries from me on a daily basis).

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Not really, but you have to remember that I’m ancient. It’s very unfair that not only is the past getting further and further away, but my ability to remember stuff is decreasing by the day. What was the question again…?

What is your favorite scene that you’ve written?

This is a great question that made me think hard. I’ve been off, made myself a cup of tea, eaten a biscuit and spent time really thinking about this. My conclusion is the scene in this book near the end where the happy couple are in an amazing art nouveau apartment, drinking champagne and she manages to trip over. I like my clumsy heroine.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Two bits of advice: 1) never give up and 2) don’t expect to get rich by writing. Remember the words of Gene Hackman in that wonderful Movie, Get Shorty: ‘The only writing that makes money is ransom notes’.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I love you. I really do. I love the fact that people choose to read my books and I love the fact that a lot of you say nice things about my work. Thank you.

How do you beat writer’s block?

Start something else. I normally have a couple of things on the go at any one time, even if one is maybe just writing a synopsis for a future book. If things dry up a bit on book A, I switch to book B. It works for me.

Are any of your characters are based on you?

All of them to some extent. Of course, the men are all far too young and handsome and the women far too brilliant and beautiful but, deep down, there are bits of me in there. Annie’s afraid of heights, she loves skiing, she speaks languages. Matt’s good at DIY, he’s a bit of a daredevil, he loves Italian food and he’s got a sense of humour. Alex loves flashy cars and champagne. Yes, there’s definitely quite a bit of me in there.

About Trevor’s newest release, What Happens in the Alps…

How did you come up with the title?

What happens in the Alps is the fourth in a series of five What happens… books so, for once, the title was pretty obvious.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes. Like I said before about writing: don’t give up. When life gets tough (and it does for all of us) there’s no good just dropping your head in your hands and weeping. Get on with it and make the most of it. Enjoy life when you can. We only get one go at it, after all.

How much of the book is realistic?

I would like to think that it all is. The town itself exists (under another name), the ski resort exists and the scenery, food, drink and weather conditions all exist. I’ve never driven a Ferrari, but I’ve had Labradors, skied a lot and fallen in love. Yes, it’s all pretty authentic.

About Trevor as a Reader

What books have most influenced your life most?

I read a lot of non-fiction, mainly historical. In fiction, my main influences are people like Tom Sharpe and JP Donleavy. I also love romcom movies like Four Weddings and a Funeral.

What book are you reading now?

I really don’t read as much as I should, mainly because I’m a writing junkie. I’m currently re-reading Hilary Mantel’s fabulous Wolf Hall.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I love Annie Lyons, a fellow Carina UK author. Her wonderful book, Not Quite Perfect, is terrific.

Because Karan is Random…

Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews?

“What is the most important thing in your handbag?” (By the way, Karan, full marks for not asking me that here.) The thing is, ladies, I don’t use one.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Just my thanks to you, Karan, for all the help and support you have given me over the years. It means a lot.

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