On Love Books Group Blog today we have an Author Spotlight with T.A. Williams. Dreaming of Florence is out now on Kindle. I hope you enjoy today’s feature.
Dreaming of Florence By T.A.Williams
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 767.0 KB
- Print Length: 254 pages
- Publisher: Canelo (8 Jan. 2018)
Fresh pasta, red wine, fine art… and love? Find enchantment this year in the magical city of Florence
When Debbie Waterson’s bicycle crashes into handsome doctor Pierluigi, she wonders if her luck has changed. Determinedly single after ending a long relationship, at last, a man worth bumping into!
Inspired to visit Florence, she soon runs headlong into that old foe: reality. But is Pierluigi the man of her dreams? Then there’s her booze obsessed boss, his forbidding secretary and her noisy inconsiderate neighbours. But could her luck be about to change? Will she find love after all?
T.A. Williams lives in Devon with his Italian wife. He was born in England of a Scottish mother and Welsh father. After a degree in modern languages at Nottingham University, he lived and worked in Switzerland, France and Italy, before returning to run one of the best-known language schools in the UK. He’s taught Arab princes, Brazilian beauty queens and Italian billionaires. He speaks a number of languages and has travelled extensively. He has eaten snake, still-alive fish, and alligator. A Spanish dog, a Russian bug and a Korean parasite have done their best to eat him in return. His hobby is long-distance cycling, but his passion is writing
What book first ignited your love of reading?
I am very old, so that’s a long time ago, but it has to be the Arthur Ransom Swallows and Amazons series – four kids and a dog getting into adventures.
If your current book had a theme song, what would it be and why?
How about Madonna’s version of Love Don’t Live Here Anymore?
Which book have you read more than once?
I read lots of books more than once. My brain is so scatty, I forget what happens. One of my favourites is Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. I love it.
Do you plan your writing or go with the flow?
Left to myself, I would definitely be a go with the flow, seat of the pants sort of writer. The problem is – when you are writing for a publisher, they want you to send them a summary of the book before you start writing. My problem is that my books always start leading me off in their own directions partway through. In consequence, my editor now knows that what I say in the summary and what emerges at the end are often two very different things.
Do you enjoy the editing process?
I’m not sure I’d use the word “enjoy”. When an editor tells me to do something that clearly enhances the book, I do get some sort of enjoyment out of the process. When I am asked to take out one of my favourite characters or to change one of the main premises of the book, it becomes harder to deal with. And then, when the proofreading editor starts changing all my passives to actives or all my realises to realizes, I have been known to use colourful language. However, there is no doubt, good editing definitely makes a book better.
If you could what advice would you give your sixteen year old self?
Girls are as scared of you as you are of them. If only I had known.
Do you read your book reviews?
Yes, every word. Including the famous one star review I got for one of my books that just said “Meh”. But quite often people point things out that I am able to use to improve my work in the future. And don’t let anybody tell you differently: bad reviews hurt and good reviews bring sunshine to a rainy day.
What is your opinion on social media and its unique gift of connecting writer and reader instantly?
I’m in favour of it although I do find myself spending an awful lot of time on it.
If you could give one literary villain a happier ending, who would you pick and why?
I’m not sure if they were really villains, but I wish Thelma and Louise could have got away with it. Come to think of it, were they “literary”?
If your book could come with a preemptive message for the reader, what would yours say?
Warning: contains a happy ending.
What are you currently reading?
I read a lot of non-fiction, so at present I am deep into The White War by Mark Thompson about the First World War in Italy.
Where did you get the inspiration for your current novel?
I honestly don’t know where the inspiration for most of my books comes from. Dreaming of Florence, though, is mildly autobiographical. I shared Debbie’s experience of living and working in Florence, teaching English to Italians and learning their language. As for the plot, who knows? Like I said above, my books tend to take on a life of their own as I write them. Stuff just sort of happens… Sorry, that’s such a weak answer, but I honestly don’t know where the ideas come from.
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