Trevor (TA) Williams talks about how writing Dreaming of Venice wasn’t as straightforward as it could have been.
Years ago I used to write as relaxation. I had a pretty full on job and I found that if I came home and spent a few hours in the evening writing about faraway places and fictitious events it helped me wind down after the cares of the day. Somehow, recently, this is no longer the case.
You see, last autumn I was lucky enough to start working with a new publisher (Canelo) as well as signing another contract with HQ Digital. As a result, January 2017 saw the publication of one book followed, only four weeks later in February, by another and now, in April, a third. It has been a bit confusing. You see, it’s like this:
Over the Christmas period I did the final edits for To Rome With Love. This involved a lot of work and a number of substantial changes, but at least it prevented me from getting bored over the holidays. I sent this back to HQ in early January and then immediately launched into the social media campaign to promote my time slip book, Chasing Shadows, that came out on 16th January. Immediately after that I had to cope with a blog tour to coincide with publication of To Rome, With Love that came out in February. Alongside this, I have been getting ready for publication of Dreaming of Venice as well as writing my next book with HQ, due out in the summer and set in Provence.
So there have been moments when I have been sitting at the computer, staring blankly into space, trying to remember the name of the character I’m writing about. Before I handed in the final version of To Rome With Love, I had to use the “Search” feature on Word to check that I hadn’t inadvertently slipped in the wrong character’s name by accident. It has happened before… So, for my reference (and yours if you’re interested), Chasing Shadows’ main protagonist is Amy, To Rome with Love is Sarah, Dreaming of Venice is Penny and the next one, title to be decided but probably something like To Provence With Love, is Faye. One is blind, one heartbroken, one a starving artist and the other overworked and underpaid.
But, of course, it doesn’t stop there. I spent the winter been flitting from the present day to the Middle Ages. This brings with it a number of complications. You can have fries with your burger nowadays, but not way back then. Remember, potatoes came from the other side of the Atlantic. And no coffee shops back then, of course. And there’s the location of the different stories. Sarah and Penny have to ask for their coffee in Italian, Amy in Spanish and Faye, assuming she can find a cafe in the middle of deepest rural Provence, in French. The weather in Italy for the charity bike ride in To Rome with Love, is scorchio. The sun beats down and they all sweat buckets as they pedal up the hills. Amy, on the other hand, is fighting her way across the Pyrenees in the worst April snowstorm in living memory. Penny’s trip to Venice is in mid December, with ice on the water and a bitter edge to the wind, while Faye spends most of her afternoons by the pool. Sarah travels around on a bike, Amy in a Range Rover, Penny in a Vaporetto and Faye on foot, accompanied by a handsome black Labrador.
You see, it can all get a bit complicated from time to time. So, if you happen to notice that one of my characters suddenly appears in a bikini in the middle of winter, tries to buy a Mars bar in fourteenth century Spain, or orders a glass of Venetian grappa in French, have pity on me…
Find love, friendship and prosecco – in the magical city of Venice.
Life is tough for Penny. A dead end job in a London cafe, a boyfriend in Australia (what could go wrong?) and an art career going nowhere. But then Penny is approached with an extraordinary proposition.
It isn’t going to be easy but, if she can pull it off, she will turn her life around and at long last see the fulfilment of her dream – to visit Venice. And, just maybe, find true happiness with the handsome man of her dreams.
But can dreams come true?
Trevor Williams writes under the name TA Williams because 65% of books are read by women. Before taking up writing full time he was a teacher and a principal of a big English language school. Trevor is originally from Exeter, and now lives in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away down here in south west England. I love the place.