I am excited to be here today to bring you another guest post from T.A. Williams. His new book is out and I am excited to be able to help get the word out about it! :) If you didnt see Monday's post about it, please be sure to check it out!
I’ve been very lucky really. I had a day job (until a few years ago) that sent me all over the world on business and offered me the chance to visit stunningly impressive places like the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon at Teotihuacan in Mexico, the Kremlin, the Vatican, the Florida Keys and so many others. I’ve walked around incomparable cities like Hong Kong,
Venice, Tokyo and .
I’ve swum in the Caribbean, the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and in
a really, really cold lake in the mountains above Athens . I’ve skied in Zurich Austria, cycled over the Pyrenees, windsurfed in
Antigua, snorkelled in Thailand
and frozen half to death in northern in December. China
So which are my favourite places?
In fact, the answer has to be a whole lot closer to home. Anybody familiar with my books will find I write about places I like.
My last book, Chasing Shadows is set in rural
, an area I love for its empty
grandeur, its stunning scenery and its wonderful food and drink. You really
can’t beat sitting with a glass of Rioja and a plate of Jamón Ibérico on the
terrace of a hotel converted from a fourteenth century castle, looking out over
the endless plains of Castille. Spain
The book before that, What Happens at the Beach, is set down in the
area of southern France, not
far from the border with .
It’s a land of ruined castles, undeveloped medieval villages and long, sweeping
sandy beaches. It’s cold in winter, but dry and clear – although the wind can
knock you off your feet – and in the summer you batten down the hatches and
seal yourself off behind hefty shutters as the outside temperature soars, and
only the lizards stay out for long. And, of course, what better way of cooling
down than a glass of the local rosé, chilled from the fridge, condensation
running down the outside of the glass. Spain
Closer still to home are books like When
Met Danny, What Happens in
and What Happens at Christmas.
These are all set down here where I live in the far south west of Cornwall . Here
we’ve got a chaotic mix of steep hills covered by a patchwork of fields forever
changing colour along with the seasons. The coast is rugged, the weather
mercurial, but it’s lovely, specially if you decide to have a pint in a five
hundred year old pub against whose beams Sir Francis drake himself probably
bashed his head. England
But the star of my firmament of favourite places has to be
I lived there for eight years and got to know the people as well as the
country. In To Rome With Love I take
you on a trip from the unique beauty of Venice through the spectacular hills of
Le Marche and Umbria to the soft sandy beaches of the Mediterranean above Rome,
where the scent of resin fills the air, fireflies illuminate the night sky and
anybody with any sense sits down to a plate of fritto misto accompanied by a cold, dry white. Italy
If my writing manages to convince you to visit some of these magnificent places, I’ll know I’ve done my job.
Such a fun post! Makes me want to take a trip! Thanks for being here.