A Quick Q&A With Charlie
Q: Where are you from?
A: Stoke Newington, in London. Just around the very limit of where you can hear Bow Bells so doubtful if I count as a cockney. (And they were mending them at the time I was born so perhaps nobody of my age truly qualifies.)
Q: What’s your favorite place to visit?
A: Jersey. For a small island (9 miles by 5) it has everything. Beaches of every type, history, great places to eat and shop, and the best places to walk. And it’s a 35 minute flight from our local airport, which makes it very accessible.
Q: What’s the one question you wish people would ask you when you tell them you’re a writer?
A: “I work for the BBC, can I adapt your work for television?”
Q: What’s the most annoying thing people say when you tell them you’re a writer?
A: I’m not sure if it’s annoying or just awkward, but it’s when they start telling you about the book they want to write and all the reasons why they haven’t yet written it.
Q: If you were stranded on an island with one book and one object, what would they be?
A: Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable and a laptop with infinite power and magic wi-fi. I have to be able to see the rugby!
Q: Any advice you’d like to share with aspiring authors?
A: There are only two rules about writing. 1) Obey the submissions guidelines for publishers/agents/blogs. They apply to everyone and that includes you! 2) Do what you’ve said you’ll do, when you said you’d do it.
Schoolteacher Adam Matthews just wants to help select a new headteacher and go home. The governors at Lindenshaw St Crispin’s have already failed miserably at finding the right candidate, so it’s make or break this second time round. But when one of the applicants is found strangled in the school, what should have been a straightforward decision turns tempestuous as a flash flood in their small English village.
Inspector Robin Bright isn’t thrilled to be back at St. Crispin’s. Memories of his days there are foul enough without tossing in a complicated murder case. And that handsome young teacher has him reminding himself not to fraternize with a witness. But it’s not long before Robin is relying on Adam for more than just his testimony.
As secrets amongst the governors emerge and a second person turns up dead, Robin needs to focus less on Adam and more on his investigation. But there are too many suspects, too many lies, and too many loose ends. Before they know it, Robin and Adam are fighting for their lives and their hearts.
About Charlie Cochrane: As Charlie Cochrane couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes, with titles published by Carina, Samhain, Bold Strokes, MLR and Cheyenne.
Charlie’s Cambridge Fellows Series of Edwardian romantic mysteries was instrumental in her being named Author of the Year 2009 by the review site Speak Its Name. She’s a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People, International Thriller Writers Inc and is on the organising team for UK Meet for readers/writers of GLBT fiction. She regularly appears with The Deadly Dames.
THE RIPTIDE GIVEAWAY: Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for an e-book from Charlie Cochrane’s backlist (excepting The Best Corpse for the Job). Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 29. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.