Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Charlie Cochrane for taking the time to talk with us today. Don’t forget to check out our review of Second Helpings. There is also a Giveaway, so don’t miss that.
Title: Second Helpings
Author: Charlie Cochrane
Cover Artist: Amber Shah
I’m thrilled skinny to be dropping in here as part of the Second Helpings blog tour. A million thanks to Prism Book Alliance for having me as a guest.
One of the key plot points in Second Helpings is the ability (or inability) of Stuart and Paul to move on from their exes. Although in Paul’s case he isn’t even sure if his ex is an ex. For Stuart, it’s about finding a second chance after the death of his much loved partner Mark. In the story, we hear a lot about Stuart’s viewpoint on Mark, but what about vice versa? So here’s a posthumously posted ‘interview’ with Mark about the man himself.
How did you meet?
It was a blind date, although neither of us knew that at the time. Stuart thought he was meeting up with Guy, one of his work colleagues. I think he’d secretly fancied Guy for ages, so when the bloke arranged for them to have a drink, Stuart thought his luck had turned and Guy had turned with it.
So did you know about the blind date?
Did I heck as like. I had been invited to drinks in the pub with a chap I worked with. A friend of Guy’s. You can get the rest.
Love at first sight?
No. Lust, certainly. Well, don’t look so shocked. Even hospital chaplains have naughty bits that need exercising. Christians do have sex, and quite enjoy it, but they never put that in the Diocese newspaper.
Lust turned to love, though?
It did, indeed. Stuart was, quite literally, an answer to my prayers. I’d been terribly lonely, in a complete “I shall die alone and be eaten by church mice” slough of despond, when in walked—no, technically I was the one who walked in—this gorgeous hunk, who had no idea how gorgeous he was, which makes things even better.
Wouldn’t some people say that the idea of a sexually active gay priest is untenable?
They would. And I’d say that there are plenty of so-called Christians whose lifestyle and preaching I’d find untenable. They seem to worship a God made in their own spiteful image. Sorry, I’ll get down off my high horse. Next question, please?
If you ever chose to leave the church what would you enjoy doing instead?
When I was small I wanted to be a ship’s captain. Now I’d like to write, if Stuart could keep us in the style we’re accustomed to.
Deep theological tomes under my own name. And gay romances under a pen name. I suspect I’d make more money from the latter than the former. Stuart would be mortified, of course. Poor lamb, he’s extremely shy.
Do you find that his work impacts on your home life?
I think both our jobs do, but at least I rarely have to deal with cases where a child has been assaulted or even killed by one of its family. When Stuart has the forensics to complete on those cases it hits him hard. I couldn’t do what he does.
What keeps him going when things are tough?
Love. Understanding. Plum crumble. And a generous sprinkle of using our double bed to the full.
Stuart Collins’s life might as well have ended a year ago when his partner died in a car crash. Even Stuart’s widowed father has found new love with an old friend, Isabel Franklin, so why can’t Stuart be bothered to try?
Then he gets a phone call from Isabel’s son, Paul, who wants to check out whether or not Mr. Collins is good enough for his mother. During dinner together, though, they end up checking out each other. Trouble is, Paul’s got a boyfriend—or maybe he doesn’t, since the boyfriend’s supposedly giving Paul the push by ignoring him. Or maybe Paul just wants to have his cake and eat it too.
Honesty with each other is the only way to move forward. But maybe honesty with themselves is what they really need.
About the Author:
As Charlie Cochrane couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes. Her favourite genre is gay fiction, predominantly historical romances/mysteries.
Charlie’s Cambridge Fellows Series, set in Edwardian England, 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, and International Thriller Writers Inc., with titles published by Carina, Samhain, Bold Strokes Books, MLR, and Riptide.
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