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Blog Tour – ‘What Happens at Christmas…’ by T. A. Williams

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‘What Happens at Christmas…’ was published on the 22nd October 2015 by Carina UK.  As yet I haven’t read any of T. A. Williams’ books but I do hope to soon.  Today I am delighted to be participating in this blog tour.

 

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Summary

For the perfect Christmas…

When career-girl Holly Brice learns that her estranged father has died, she decides to take a trip down memory lane and find out about the man she never knew. Arriving in the sleepy little Dartmoor village, she’s shocked to discover that she’s inherited the cosy little cottage she remembers so fondly, a whole load of money –and her father’s adorable dog, too!

Head to snow-covered Devon!

And as the first snowflakes begin to fall and Holly bumps into her gorgeous neighbour, Jack Nelson, life gets even more complicated! Men have always been off the cards for high-flying Holly, but there’s something about mysterious writer Jack that has her re-thinking her three-date rule…

A fabulous, feel-good festive read, perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Carole Matthews.

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Like the sound of ‘What Happens at Christmas…’?  Read on for a guest post by T. A. Williams.  It will really make you think.

 

So, can a man write for women?

I’ve been writing for years. I’ve written all sorts, from historical novels to thrillers and, more recently, romantic comedies. Romcoms aka Women’s Fiction aka Chicklit are titles aimed principally at women. But I’m a man. Should I be doing this? We writers have to draw upon our imagination as far as plot and characters are concerned, so why not use this same imagination to think ourselves into the heads of our readers?

Over my writing career, I always used to write from the standpoint of the main male character. Now I’ve changed to female leads and I find it a fascinating challenge. My wife gets a load of queries from me about the technical stuff. You know; front-opening bras, PMT, childbirth, walking in high heels… . That sort of stuff is out of my field of experience. But the important stuff, like feelings, isn’t that different whether you’re a man or a woman.

My own experience tells me that when it comes to the big issues, our reactions are strikingly similar. I cried when my mum died. I cried when I had to take the old Labrador to the vet to be put down. When my business hit a bad financial patch, my wife and I were equally worried for the future. When our daughter got a place on a round the world sailing voyage, we were both concerned for her wellbeing. So, I would suggest, we all react the same way as far as the big stuff is concerned. We maybe show it in different ways, but that is as much to do with upbringing and conditioning as gender. The days of the Victorian father who hurrumphs quietly and returns to his newspaper after receiving the news of his son being eaten by cannibals are long gone. Emotions are closer to the surface nowadays for men as well as women.

The small stuff is a different matter. I acknowledge that. Shoes to me are things I put on my feet to help me walk. They are not objects of desire to be hoarded and cherished. And we all know, boys like toys. I freely admit it. Take a look in my shed. I still have wetsuits from thirty years ago and enough pieces of bikes to build a new one. But even there, that’s as much down to personality as gender.

So where does that leave me? My latest book, What Happens at Christmas… is written from the perspective of Holly, the main female character. Her dad has just died and she’s got the unenviable task of sorting through his things; putting his affairs in order. This turns out to be an even more emotionally charged activity than she was expecting. Yes, she has a weep from time to time, but who wouldn’t? But she doesn’t buckle under the pressure. She gets on with it and accepts everything that gets thrown at her. I would like to think that her reaction is the same as mine would have been. Does that make her more masculine or me more feminine? I don’t think so. I think it makes us human. That’s what we all are, after all.

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Author Biography

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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.

 

Links

Book Links

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1S8FTcB

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B015TV032Y

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26871065-what-happens-at-christmas

Social Networking Links

Website: http://www.tawilliamsbooks.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrevorWilliamsBooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TAWilliamsBooks

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/GRTAWilliams

Amazon Author: http://www.amazon.com/T-A-Williams/e/B00FDVNVMA/

 

Competition

There is a competition running this week where one lucky person will win an eBook copy of ‘What Happens in Cornwall…’.  To enter just click on the link below:-

‘What Happens in Cornwall…’ Giveaway

 

Interview with Elle Field

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Elle Field is a twenty-something chick lit author who lives in South London with her boyfriend. Her debut chick lit novel Kept was released last year, which was followed by Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not.

Elle was interested in being interviewed for my blog and kindly answered some questions.

 

What type of books do you write?

I write chick lit books, which some would call contemporary romantic women’s fiction. It seems that a lot people really don’t like the connotations of ‘chick lit’, but I think this rule should be applied: You should never judge a book by its cover; likewise, you should never judge a book by its genre!

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Can you tell me a bit about your latest novel please?

My last novel to hit the shelves was Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not. Geli works in the Gherkin as a newspaper’s Hot or Not writer. As well as scoring plenty of freebies, her job also has the added bonus of sitting next to Theodore Bones, the very hot political columnist who Geli has had a crush on ever since she started her job.

When her arch-nemesis Tiggy Boodles gets engaged, Geli finally sets about to try and convince Theo that she’s not as shallow as her light-hearted column suggests and, more importantly, that she’s the one for him. Geli soon realises though that like there are two sides to every story, that also applies to people…

Set in wintry London and sunny South Africa, Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not is full of twists and turns, glamour and glitz, as well as frolics and fashion. Make sure you read it to find out whether Geli gets her man!

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on the sequel to Kept, which was my debut novel, so you’ll be able to find out how Arielle gets on now she’s back in London. I won’t spoil it for those who still have Kept on their TBR pile, but I can tell you that there will be more of Obélix and Felicity in this book, as well as some interesting new characters who might not be all that they seem on first appearances…

Lost will be out this summer, and I can’t wait to share what happens next to Arielle!

How do you feel once you’ve had a new book published?

It’s the strangest feeling. It’s exciting, of course, but it’s also a day tinged with sadness as you’ve now done all you can for your characters. I imagine it’s akin to having your grown children go off to explore the big, wide world!

Have you got any advice for anyone wanting to write their first novel?

Never give up. It might take you six months to publish your first novel, or it might take six years… if you give up though, it never will. Sometimes you will want to, but you must keep at it!

What do you like doing in your spare time?

It goes without saying that I do a lot of reading in my spare time. I love exploring and photographing Blighty’s capital, seeing far too many musicals, and eating my way around London’s culinary delights. I’m also a massive fan of The Killers, Milka Daim, giraffes, caipirinhas, Audrey Hepburn movies, balsamic vinegar, Scrabble, sunshine and champagne, so I like my life to involve these as much as possible, too!

Who are your favourite authors and have any of them influenced your writing?

Maggie Alderson, Meg Cabot, Dorothy Koomson, Sophie Kinsella and Sarra Manning are some of my favourite chick lit authors, and they’ve definitely inspired my writing.

If you could be Prime Minister for a day what would you do?

I would probably get distracted and spend a hefty chunk of that day poking and peering into the secret nooks and crannies of Number 10 and the Houses of Parliament. It would certainly be the opportune time to garner some unique insight for a future book!

 

Below are some useful links:-

Kept: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kept-ebook/dp/B00CHCOO7E

Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Geli-Voyantes-Hot-Not-ebook/dp/B00FY12QUM

You can read Elle’s literary, London and life adventures on her blog: http://www.ellefield.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter: @ellefie

Like her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ellefieldauthor

Connect with her on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7060681.Elle_Field

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