Chasing Shadows by T.A. Williams – Blog Tour Stop


Amy had it all – money, brains and beauty. And then the accident happened.

The Present Day: Left blind and without her family, Amy feels she needs to get away. On a trip along the Camino, she is accompanied by the mysterious and troubled Luke. Having been set up to help Amy by a mutual friend, Luke finds he is also running from his past…

1314: A Templar Knight, Luc, is also running. He meets the wife of a former comrade, now blinded in a terrifying attack: Aimee. Taking her under his wing, they must journey together through a dangerous world.

As they travel through the stunning scenery of Northern Spain, this couple, so very like Luke and Amy, emerge from the shadows of time carrying a treasure of inestimable value.

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10 Random Things about Chasing Shadows

1. I first wrote a version of Chasing Shadows over ten years ago. This was a book set totally in the Middle Ages and nobody in the publishing world was interested in reading it.

2. Two years ago I completely rewrote it as a time slip book and spent the next twelve months polishing it before sending it to those lovely people at Canelo who read it, liked it and are publishing it.

3. The idea for the book came to me in 2005 when a few of us set off from England on bikes and followed the pilgrims’ way to Compostela – a journey of just under two thousand kilometres. NB, if you ever decide to do the same, I heartily recommend very well padded cycling shorts. Be warned.

4. I have absolutely no idea how or why I chose to make the main protagonist blind. Sometimes I can remember the reason for a certain story or plotline, but this one escapes me. I’m glad I did, though. I have learnt so much as a result, both as a writer and as a person.

5. I am obsessed with the Middle Ages. There’s something about that period of history that calls out to me. I love visiting old castles and churches and, of course, there are so many of them on the pilgrims’ way.

6. I met up with a great guy called Darren and his guide dog, Jet, to talk about the book. Since meeting Jet, I have been regretting not giving Amy a guide dog. All my other books have a black Labrador in them, why didn’t I stick one in here?

7. Darren has been really helpful to me and has given me his take on what it’s like to be blind. He taught me that some of my assumptions were correct, but others not so. He also told me that now is just about the best time ever to be blind. Terrific technological advances mean that blind people today are so much more independent than in the past and independence is definitely what we all want in life.

8. My wife and I stayed in the wonderful Parador in Santo Domingo de la Calzada and loved it. I would recommend it to anybody with a love of history. It’s like stepping back in time.

9. When I first saw the cover of Chasing Shadows I did a double-take. Not only did I know where this place was, I had actually stayed there. Spooky.

10. All of my books up to now have been romantic comedies (and I will continue to write more of them, don’t worry). I loved writing this rather more serious book and I look forward anxiously to hearing what people think of it.

I hope you enjoy reading Chasing Shadows

About the Author

My name is Trevor Williams. 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…

My background, before taking up writing full time, was in teaching and I was principal of a big English language school for many years. This involved me in travelling all over the world and my love of foreign parts is easy to find in my books. I speak a few languages and my Italian wife and I still speak Italian together.

I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. My most recent books are the What happens… series. What happens in Tuscany reached #1 in the Romantic Comedy chart and What Happens on the Beach, the last in the series, came out in July. Chasing Shadows is still romance, but with the added spice of a liberal helping of medieval history, one of my pet hobbies. I do a lot of cycling and I rode all the way to Santiago de Compostela on a bike a few years back. This provided both the inspiration and the background research for Chasing Shadows.

I’m originally from Exeter, and I’ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away down here in south west England. I love the place.





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