Ok folks, this was my very first T.A. Williams book and now I’m going to have to go back and buy all his other ‘What Happens…’ books and read them as well. What a great writer. This book was written so elegantly that you can’t help but fall in love with it right from the first chapter. There was a bit of sadness, love, lust and mystery all falling together right from the begining. I immediately needed to know what happened to Annie’s husband and what exactly was going on between her and Matt (and potentially her and Alex).
The add in of the Lab – Leo was a fun addition too! Leo makes appearances in the best of times and the worst of times and you can’t help but love him. Matt’s father is just as elegant as the writing in this book and I only had to get to know him for a few pages before I loved him! The characters are fun, witty and so unique.
Reading through this book I never once stopped to think about the fact that it’s written from a woman’s point of view but written by a man. T.A. Williams writes this so well that I’m highly impressed. That’s quite talented writer if I do say so. I love the little bits thrown in that only someone who’s Italian would really know. I’ve never been to Italy or the Alps but I had no problem picturing it.
What I Loved:
-The characters are great. I loved the class that oozed from these characters even though they weren’t quite the picture of perfection.
-The what-ifs! I love when you start a book that keeps you reading because of the ‘what-ifs’ or ‘what’s going ons’. This book had that and kept me interested to the very last page!
What I didn’t Love:
-That this is the first of T.A. Williams books I’ve read. I’m clearly a bit behind.
What I thought of the Cover:
-Love all the covers of his books. They are picture perfect of the genre chick lit and the stories inside.
If you are new to this author, as I was, I encourage you to buy his books and get on the bandwagon! I loved this book and I loved the style it was written and the way the story flowed. I could picture these books being made into movies and giving Nicholas Sparks a run for his money.
Great books to read while home in your favorite chair or on a plane to your favorite destination. You definitely won’t be disappointed spending the money on this fabulous author.
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An Interview with T.A. Williams:
You have out 7 books! Congrats! Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did something specific trigger it?
Thanks for the congratulations. The answer is that I’ve been writing all my life since I was a boy. I still have all 44 handwritten pages (in pencil) of “The Lake Dwellers”, a shameless ripoff of “Swallows and Amazons”, written when I was about 13. Since then I have written thrillers and historical novels, but it’s only since I got my publishing deal with Carina UK that I’ve started writing romantic comedy – and I love it.
How did you choose to write in the Chick Lit genre?
My first two books for Carina UK were romantic comedies, one with a bit of murder mystery thrown in. It was before book 3 (When Alice Met Danny) that my editor suggested I write from a female point of view and try the chicklit genre. It seems to have struck a chord with a lot of readers and a lot of the credit has to go to my long-suffering wife who has to answer all manner of questions on subjects ranging from feelings and emotions to underwear and hair salons.
Do you have any writing habits or rituals you must do before sitting down to write?
I always write at the same table on a desktop computer. I rarely listen to music while I’m writing and, if I do, it’s almost always Pink Floyd. Because I’ve got a dodgy back (too much windsurfing when I was younger and stupider) I get up every 45 minutes or so and walk about or stretch and, inevitably, end up making myself a mug of tea.
Who are some authors/books that inspire you and why?
In spite of writing chicklit, I don’t really read any. In fact, I don’t really read much fiction at all these days. I love non-fiction historical books and there’s copy of a fabulous book beside my bed. It’s called “Saints and Sinners”, by Eamon Duffy and it’s a history of the popes. If you like tales of sex, violence, intrigue and conquest, I can’t recommend it too highly.
What are some of your favorites: Food? TV shows? Movies?
Food: I eat, and enjoy, almost any food. As my Italian wife is a wonderful cook, about the only cooking I do is on the BBQ. I love kebabs made of chicken, bacon, courgette slices, baby tomatoes, spring onions. Accompanied by a cold bottle of Chablis, heaven! Fortunately I don’t have a very sweet tooth, so I’m still reasonably slim in spite of having a big appetite.
If you could go on a vacation anywhere in the world, no cost, where would you choose and why?
I would go back to Japan. I love the country. I used to go there almost every year for business and would always tack on a day to do a bit of sightseeing. But I’d really love to go back for a real holiday and tour the whole country.
This line in your bio intrigued me! ‘I have taught Arab princes, Brazilian beauty queens and Italian billionaires.’ What’s been your most interesting memory?
Wow, where do I start. One that sticks in the mind was in my very first years as a teacher of English in northern Italy (around the time when I met my wife). I was taken out for lunch by my boss (who remains a very good friend after all these years) and got absolutely hammered. Somehow I got to the school to teach an evening class and was just about sober enough to realize I was too drunk to speak. So I wrote 20 random words on the board and added: “I have a throat infection and cannot speak. Please write a composition incorporating all these words.” To this day I can’t remember what the words were, but I can still remember the puzzled expressions on the faces of my students.
Are you working on novel number 8?
Novel number 8 is written, done and dusted. In fact, I have just done the final revisions and sent it back to my editor at Harper Collins. This will be the last in the “What Happens” series and will be called “What happens on the Beach”. I’m actually halfway through writing book nine already. I think it’s a drug, this writing thing for me.
Out of all of your characters written who has been the easiest to write? And who the hardest to write?
Without question, the Labradors. I loved my dear old Lab, Merlin, and they are all based on him.
Anyway, as far as two-legged characters are concerned, I think my favorite has to be Tom from my very first novel to be published, “Dirty Minds”. He’s a would-be writer who, inspired by “50 Shades of Grey”, attempts to write an erotic novel. He very soon realizes he has neither the talent, the experience or the desire to write porn so he engages the services of a bunch of other (mostly female) writers to help out. Somehow, I found writing Tom very easy. In fact, I wrote that whole book (80,000 words) in just under a month. Crazy, right? And the hardest, probably any of the less pleasant characters. I’m a Happy Ever After man myself and I find writing baddies difficult. The evil count in “What Happens in Tuscany” wasn’t a lot of fun to write.
Who would you choose to star in the movie of ‘What Happens in the Alps?’ if it was cast?
Ah, it’s good to dream… Annie would have to be very beautiful, sporty, good on skis confident and yet a bit clumsy and loveable. Not easy to cast. Maybe (a bit of outside the box thinking here) Kaley Cuoco from “The Big Bang Theory” (one of my favorite TV shows) if she could do a convincing English accent.
About the Author:
I live in Devon with my Italian wife. I was born in England of a Scottish mother and Welsh father. After a degree in modern languages at Nottingham University, I lived and worked in Switzerland, France and Italy, before returning to run one of the best-known language schools in the UK. I have taught Arab princes, Brazilian beauty queens and Italian billionaires. I speak a number of languages and have travelled extensively. I have eaten snake, still-alive fish, and alligator. A Spanish dog, a Russian bug and a Korean parasite have done their best to eat me in return. My hobby is long-distance cycling, but my passion is writing.
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