Another post in my blog series sharing five things you would never guess about an author – today it’s Tora Williams in the spotlight.
Over to Tora …
- I’m terrified of heights. To the extent that I get panicky if I have to stand on a chair to change a light bulb. Fortunately I’m quite tall, so I can reach most of the light fittings in my house with my feet firmly on the floor. Weirdly, my acrophobia never stops me wanting to climb all the towers when I visit castles. What usually happens, though, is that I get halfway up the staircase, remember I’m now a long way from the ground and get horribly dizzy. By then it’s too late to turn round, so I crawl to the top on hands and knees and cling to the wall until my knees have stopped shaking enough for me to attempt the descent. My worst experience was climbing the tower of St Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle. Not only is it the highest point in the castle, it stands on top of a whacking great hill. There might have been crying involved.
- I love train journeys, the longer the better. I regularly travel to Prague to visit family, and always go by train (I hate flying – see 1, above). The journey takes two days, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up on my reading and unwind from the stresses of work. Sadly the overnight train that I used to take from Amsterdam to Prague no longer runs, so now the journey involves several changes and an overnight stay in Brussels, but it still beats flying.
- I originally trained as a civil engineer. My first job after graduating involved working on a sewage treatment project. It was every bit as grim as it sounds and put me off sweetcorn for many years.
- I’m licensed to drive HGVs in Botswana. Not that I’ve ever tried, but at least the opportunity’s there should I want it. It was actually a clerical error. I went out to teach in Botswana a few (*cough* twenty *cough*) years ago, and had to apply for a driving licence. The clerk at the licensing centre should have stamped the boxes beside ‘motor cycle’ and ‘car’, but stamped the wrong line, so I’m licensed for cars and HGVs instead.
- I love disaster movies, the more apocalyptic the better. This is an enthusiasm I share with my younger brother, so while other families spend Christmas watching films like It’s a Wonderful Life and Elf, we’re watching back-to-back death and destruction in 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow.
Thank you, Tora. Well I don’t know about my readers, but I found the above fascinating!!!
About Tora Williams:
Tora Williams writes historical romance with a dash of intrigue and adventure. When she was a child, family holidays usually involved visiting Welsh castles, where she would make up stories in her head about the women and men who once lived there. When she started writing she naturally set her stories in medieval Wales and the turbulent border between England and Wales. She lives in Shropshire, England in a house that doesn’t contain nearly enough bookshelves. You can find out more about Tora at http://www.torawilliams.uk
Tora’s third book, His Clandestine Bride, was published on March 11th.
Here is a little bit about the book:-
Snowed in with the man who abandoned her five years earlier, Norman widow Isobel de Brockton is terrified he will discover her secret. If Edmund Granville finds out, she risks losing all she holds dear.
Edmund is determined to earn the king’s favor by catching a fugitive. The last thing he needs is to be stuck in a castle with the woman who cruelly cast him off. But after Isobel’s young son is lost in a blizzard, Edmund learns the truth behind their separation.
Now he resolves to reclaim his bride, but the deep wounds of their past haven’t mended. Can they finally heal their damaged hearts and seize their second chance at love?
Buying Links for the book:
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130573669
Thank you for joining me Tora – I think you’ve put me off sweetcorn now! Lol.