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comfy chairMy guest today is Larry Benjamin, Bronx-born wordsmith for whom writing is a way of life. Author of romance What Binds Us and short story collection Damaged Angels, Larry has agreed to visit today to talk about his new release Unbroken, a book with a very special meaning for Larry. I’ve been lucky enough to read it and can say that it impressed me very much.

Thanks, Larry, for visiting and for answering my questions.


Elin:  Can you tell me a little about yourself? For instance, do you have to have a day job as well as being a writer?
Larry:  While I’ve always been a writer—that is, I would write and stick my stories in a drawer (or later, a folder called “Larry’s writing” on my computer) —I got serious about it as a career a few years ago when both my partner and I ended up unemployed at the same time. I began to panic thinking I’d never get another job which lead me to wonder what else I was qualified to do. I dusted off the manuscript for What Binds Us and I was on my way. Returning to writing was like returning to a first love long lost.
Yes, I have a day job. I work in Corporate communications for a global chemical company. So writing is both my vocation and my avocation.

Elin: When you aren’t writing, is there any other creative activity you enjoy? Have you ever written about it?

Larry:  Besides writing, I’m absolutely passionate about houses. We’re 6 years into the 5-year renovation of our current house (the 5-year plan on our previous house actually took eight). And most weekends you can find us attending open houses in our favorite neighborhoods. Realtors don’t even make us sign the visitor’s book anymore.
Readers can pick up on my obsession with houses and their furnishings in my descriptions of both in my books.

Elin:  What are you reading? Fiction or non-fiction?

Larry:  I’m currently reading Gerald Durrell’s My Family and other Animals, which is unusual for me because generally I tend to stick to fiction as I find reality to be overrated and often grim. I’m loving the book, though, because the story is quite hilariously told and the writing is very fine.

Elin:  In that crucial inspiration stage of a new story, for instance Unbroken, which comes first? Plot, situation or character?

Larry:  Because my stories are heavily character-driven the characters tend to come first. However, I started writing Unbroken, just after I came across a tweet that asked: when was the moment you first knew you were gay? For me the moment occurred when I was in seventh grade. I was 12. He was the new kid. Jose. One look at him and I knew, absolutely knew I was gay. So in the case of Unbroken, the situation came first. Everything else was built on that defining moment.

Elin:  Do your characters arrive fully fledged and ready to fly or do they develop as you work with them?

Larry:  It depends. Dondi in What Binds Us arrived in my head fully formed and he never really changed. Unbroken spans 40 years. Lincoln, the main character, is first introduced as a 6-year-old so he definitely developed as I wrote. Same with the other main character, Jose. Lincoln first meets Jose when they are both twelve. He is the new kid in school so a complete unknown. As the story progresses, Jose’s personality is revealed and we watch him grow and mature as struggles to understand himself and the world around him. For me the most astonishing character in Unbroken was Jose’s sister, Maritza. She was meant to be a very minor character but she kept nagging me and whispering her story. I was routinely getting up in the middle of the night and writing out more of her story, which surprised me at every turn. In the end she became the first fully formed female character I’ve ever written.

Elin:  Do you have a crisp mental picture of them or are they more a thought and a feeling than an image?

Larry:  I generally know what the characters look like but little else at the beginning. I have a feeling for who they are as people but I find by relaxing and listening really hard they will tell me who they are as they reveal their story to me. I don’t outline, or plot out my stories in detail, in advance of writing, I just sort of write. For me writing is an organic—and chaotic—experience.

Elin:  Is there any genre you would love to write, ditto one you would avoid like a rattlesnake?

Larry:  You know when I was submitting Unbroken for consideration for publication, I had to identify its genre. That was a struggle because I tend not to think about what genre I’m writing in. I just write because I have a story I want to tell. Unbroken is part gay romance, part coming of age novel, part love letter to the boy I fell in love with at twelve.
The other day, I came across a reader’s review of What Binds Us and she said, “Yes, it’s love story but really so much more than that. More like a life story.” A life story. I absolutely love that description.

Elin:  When you were writing Unbroken, was there a point where you felt you should pull back a little because you were putting too much of yourself into it?

Larry:  Oh yeah. I tend to reach that point with all my books. My books are all fiction but they are firmly rooted in my experiences. I’m an emotional writer and that emotion is grounded in truth.
With the writing of Unbroken, I had to revisit my past: the bullying, my parents’ disappointment, the innocent longing for a boy I barely knew─It was a painful part of my history and documenting it was to revive that long-forgotten pain, to show a side of me—part hopeful, part stupid—I wasn’t sure I wanted anyone to see. In the end the struggle to share the truth won out.
When I set out to write the book, I didn’t want to just tell the story of one boy’s love for another, I wanted to share details of a first crush and what it’s like to discover the world thinks you’re wrong in that love, thinks that you’re broken. So yes there’s a lot of me in Lincoln, a lot of my own truth in Unbroken. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Elin:  Put together your ideal team of men/women – drawing from all and any walks of life, fictional or non-fictional – who you would want to come to your rescue if menaced by muggers/alligators/fundamentalists?

Larry:  That team would consist of William Morgan—Gar—from my friend Andrew Q. Gordon’s remarkable fantasy novel, Purpose. Gar is strong, extremely rational and practically bullet-proof. Plus he can read and manipulate minds. Second on the team would be Toby, my 9-year old silky terrier.

Toby the Fierce

He’s small but fiercely loyal and extremely protective. And finally Matt Damon. He was, after all, Jason Bourne in the Bourne trilogy; I’m sure he picked up some useful skills from playing that part. Plus he looks like…well…like he does. 😉

Elin:  Villains are incredibly important in fiction since they challenge the main protagonists and give them something to contend with beyond the tension of a developing relationship. What sort of villains do you prize?

I prefer villains who aren’t purely evil, who have some trace of humanity. I also like to believe that every character can become a villain for a moment in a particular situation. In Unbroken, there are many, many villains but only in the sense they give the main protagonists something to contend with, they are the people Lincoln and Jose must battle in their journey to be their authentic selves—parents and petty bullies. And for that reason the villains are unexpected, people well meaning in their own way but narrow minded, some are cruel, others, afraid.
Sometimes though, at least for me, villains aren’t people. In What Binds Us, the main villain was the HIV virus. In Damaged Angels the villain was drugs and desperation and mental illness. In addition to the “people villains” in Unbroken, there is also the villain of internalized homophobia which can makes Lincoln believe he is broken.

Elin:  What are you working on at the moment? Can you discuss it or do you prefer to keep it a secret until it’s finished.

Anyone who knows me knows I am terrible at keeping secrets. When I’m working on something I start talking about it right away. I’m not writing anything at the moment. When I finish a book, I find I need a “fallow” period to rest, to recover, to just be. Then at some point, an idea will form, or a character will introduce himself and I’m off.

Elin:  Could we please have an excerpt of something?
Here’s an excerpt from Unbroken

They hurled words like stones: “Brainiac. Sissy. Faggot.”
I sat on the ground, surrounded by a circle of boys bigger and tougher than I. They’d taken my glasses so I couldn’t see. I could only sit there helplessly, trying not to cry, trying not to hear the names they called me.
I let myself go silent in defense, refusing to acknowledge the hateful words: Brainiac. Sissy. Faggot. I refused to acknowledge their hostility, this hostility, this constant hostility, which seemed to be driven less by the fact that I was almost certainly gay, than by the fact I had never denied their accusations. I knew instinctively that to deny, to lie, was to agree they were right, I was wrong, I was broken. That I would not, could not, do.
Looking back, I realize I’d let them, those savage boys whom I did not know or care about, silence me, take my voice away. It would take years, but I would find my voice. I would learn to make myself heard over the sounds of war.
“Hey,” Jose shouted suddenly. “Hey!” I couldn’t see him through the circle of boys, but I recognized his voice, that deep, thunderous rumble.
“Come on,” I heard Elsie say. “It’s just that faggot. This happens to him all the time. He’ll be fine.”
She’d known me since fourth grade yet still, to her, I was “just that faggot.” “My name is Lincoln,” I wanted to shout. “You’ve known me since fourth grade.” Instead I remained on the ground fighting new tears.
Jose pushed through the circle of boys. “Leave him alone.”
He must have seen my raw, naked face for he turned to the boy holding my glasses. “Are those his?” he asked, pulling them out of his hands. “Get lost!”
The boy, surprised, shrugged as if it made no difference to him, and he and his posse of tyrants turned and walked away.
Jose crouched beside me; bouncing on the balls of his feet, he looked at my scattered books, my knapsack open, empty. His eyes went soft, dark with concern. He turned, and said something to Elsie. Then to me, “You okay?”
I nodded, tried to smile, cried instead.
“Hey,” he snapped.
“What?” Elsie popped her gum, stared at him.
“I said, give me a tissue.”
She sucked her teeth, reached into her purse and handed him a single tissue as if it were her last dollar. He glared at her, dark eyes flashing. She reluctantly handed him a handful more which he gave to me. “Dry your eyes and blow your nose,” he instructed me.
I did as I was told.
“You okay?” he asked again, handing me my glasses. I took them from him, put them on.
“Better now,” I said trying to smile.
The boys gone, Elsie moved closer, hovering at the edge of our interaction. Her eyes darted around; she looked everywhere but at me. She appeared less concerned about returning danger than about witnesses to this.
“Okay,” Jose said. “Let’s get your books, and we’ll walk you to the bus stop.” He glanced at Elsie who said nothing.
At the bus stop, Elsie sulked on a bench, again looking everywhere but at me. Jose talked to me of little things: did I understand that Shakespeare passage we’d read in English today? Why does the cafeteria always smell of fish?
Finally the bus came and we were each released from his prison.
“Thanks,” I said as the bus drew to a halt. I was reluctant to leave him, my dashing young hero, but happy to put the day’s events behind me.


My parents, unable to change me, had instead, silenced me. When they’d stilled my hands, they’d taken my words, made me lower my voice to a whisper. Later I remained silent in defense, refusing to acknowledge the hateful words: Brainiac. Sissy. Antiman. Faggot.

Lincoln de Chabert’s life is pretty unremarkable until he comes home from kindergarten and announces he will marry his best friend, Orlando, when he grows up. His parents spring into immediate action, determined to fix him―his father takes him to baseball games and the movie “Patton”―igniting an epic battle of wills as Lincoln is determined to remain himself, and marry whom he chooses, at all costs.

Unbroken is available now from Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Barnes and Noble in paperback and Nook, and from Smashwords in all ebook formats.

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My guest today is Dominica Malcolm, born in Australia, living in Malaya and incredibly well travelled. She describes herself as a ‘creative explorer’ having performed stand up comedy, written plays and screen plays, short stories, a novel and non-fiction, been a travel photographer and she cherishes an ambition to perform a one-person show. She is here today to talk abut her first novel, Adrift, a super combination of time travel and lady pirates which is released TODAY.

Welcome, Dominica.

Elin : Can you tell me a little about yourself? For instance, do you have to have a day job as well as being a writer?

Dominica : When filling out immigration forms, I always write “Housewife” – I’m a stay-at-home mother, which has been my primary role for the last 6 or so years. But in the past I’ve been paid as a stand-up comedian, web developer, and videographer/editor, amongst other things.

Elin : When you aren’t writing, is there any other creative activity you enjoy? Have you ever written about it?

Dominica : It varies depending on mood. I’ve delved into a number of creative pursuits. At the moment, though, as I’ve just recently attended a “comedy bootcamp”, the plan is to try and get back into performing stand-up comedy, as well as finish off editing a music video that I filmed in Hawaii in February 2012. I’d love to do more film stuff and improvisational comedy, but it’s harder for me to organise creative activities that involve other people.

Elin : Can you name any author/authors, past or present, who have been a great influence on your work?

Dominica :I think that I’ve been more influenced by friends who are writers, rather than well known authors. People can look up the two I dedicated Adrift to – Jeremiah Murphy and Sally Bell. I love their work.

Elin : What are you reading? Something to be clutched to the bosom or tossed aside with force? Fiction or non-fiction?

Dominica : I’m in the middle of a few different books, but I’ll just list three.
1. The Fantastical Life of Serenity by Serenity Valle, which is a collection of short fiction.
2. I Too Had a Love Story by Ravinder Singh, which I believe is non-fiction/memoir, even though the back of the book labels it as fiction.
3. The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams, which I’ve been reading to my eldest son when he’s actually wanted me to.

Elin : Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Dominica : It depends what I’m writing. I tend to be a panther when it comes to short fiction, but I’ve never been able to finish anything particularly long that way. Adrift started out with me writing bits and pieces all over the place, but I eventually realised I had to come up with the overall plot before I wrote too much, or else I wouldn’t finish it, or at the very least probably wouldn’t have the kind of story I wanted. I have another novel that I plotted out not long after I plotted Adrift, which started out similarly. It’s nice to know I have a structure there waiting for me when I have time to go back to it.

Elin : Do your characters arrive fully fledged and ready to fly or do they develop as you work with them?

Dominica : They tend to develop as I work with them. I enjoy seeing how they respond to certain situations that I throw at them, because I don’t always know how that’s going to go. It makes writing more fun for me.

Elin : Do you have a crisp mental picture of your characters or are they more a thought and a feeling than an image?

Dominica : I think by the time I’ve finished writing them, I have a fairly clear picture of them, even if I don’t go into too much detail about what they look like for my readers.

Elin : Do you find there to be a lot of structural differences between a relationship driven story and one where the romance is a sub plot?

Dominica : Structure implies rules, and I don’t really believe in rules when it comes to writing. If people want to write something different from expectations – what others believe the structure should be – they should be free to do so.

Elin : Put together your ideal team of men – drawing from all and any walks of life, fictional or non-fictional – who you would want to come to your rescue if menaced by muggers/alligators/fundamentalists?

Dominica : Ah, let’s see. Wolverine from the X-Men. Steve McGarratt from Hawaii Five-O (new series). The Doctor (preferably Five or Ten) from Doctor Who. Do they have to be men? Buffy and Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. River from Firefly.

I want her on my team

Elin : Villains – incredibly important in fiction since they challenge the main protagonists and give them something to contend with beyond the tension of a developing relationship. What sort of villains do you prize? A moustache-twirling nightmare or … ?

Dominica : I like villains who are well developed – shades of grey, so they may have features audiences can identify with in a way. Characters that aren’t just caricatures, stereotypes, or seen as pure evil.

Elin : What are you working on at the moment? Can you discuss it or do you prefer to keep it a secret until it’s finished.

Dominica : I suppose the biggest projects would be a collection of mermaid short stories, which is a spin-off from Adrift, called Losing Prudence. Some of the stories I’ve already written have been published elsewhere, such as “Siren” which appears in Fae Fatales: A Fantasy Noir Anthology.

I’m also putting together an anthology of speculative fiction set in the Asia-Pacific region over at Solarwyrm Press (http://solarwyrm.com). Submissions close November 30, and I love seeing new submissions!

Elin : Could we please have an excerpt of something?

Dominica : An excerpt from Adrift:

“What year is this?”

“Two-thousand and eleven,” Dick says automatically, before realising the absurdity of the question.

Jaclyn bolts upright and runs out the door into the open hallway to look down at the street. Thinking this might be the best opportunity to lock her out of the room, Dick quickly follows her.

Unfortunately he doesn’t reach the door in time, and Jaclyn barges past him again, asking herself, “Three hundred and fifty years?”

Jaclyn is back at the window before Dick can say, “Eh?”

There’s a long silence before Jaclyn looks at Dick again. “When I awoke this morning, it was sixteen sixty-one.”

“Wait a minute,” Dick says, observing her with a skeptical eye, “let me get this straight… you’re saying you’re a time-traveller?”

“I am not sure what you mean by that,” Jaclyn says. “All I know is what I was doing in Bridgetown this morning, before finding myself here.”

“Are you having me on?” Dick asks. “Like, are you some actor who is out here for some fan convention and you’re… what’s the word? Method acting?”

“Preposterous! I have never heard of women actors. That is absurd.”

“And travelling through time isn’t?” Dick asks.

“Yes, I concede you may have a point there. Well, you could simply decide that I am insane… but what if I am not?”



It’s the 21st century, and Jaclyn Rousseau is not where she should be. 1661 disappeared before her eyes, and there’s no way home. That matters not to Jaclyn—she lost her lover, and everything else that meant anything to her, in the West Indies.

In an adventure that crosses time and the Atlantic, a murderous pirate must find a place for herself in this new world.

Can she escape her past, or will it catch up with her?

Adrift (paperback) on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Adrift-Dominica-Malcolm/dp/0980508428/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1378974245&sr=1-2

Details for where else to get it: http://dominica.malcolm.id.au/writing/adrift

Fae Fatales: A Fantast Noir Anthology on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fae-Fatales-Fantasy-Anthology-Colour/dp/0473243172/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1378974245&sr=1-1

Blog/web site: http://dominica.malcolm.id.au

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DominicaMalcolm

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dommalcolm

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Sweet Saturday, how I love thee. It’s so nice to wake up with the knowledge that I don’t actually HAVE to get out of bed other than for purposes of comfort ALL DAY if I don’t want to. In fact I would jolly well stay in my pit and read until lunchtime only the other half tends to get testy. Anyhow – I have been reading. What have I been reading? Something very good!

My rec is a bit of a different format this week because not only am I recommending a book but I’m offering a copy of it to a commenter as well. Just don’t comment HERE. Please follow this link and comment on that post for a chance to win a lovely copy of Junk by one of my favourite authors,  Jo Myles.

Junk tells the story of Jasper, a university librarian with a compulsion to love and take care of old and unwanted books. He cherishes them and the information they contain, placing them reverendly in the proper places in his house. He is a bibiophile in the purest sense of the word but, hoo boy has it taken over his life. When a book avalanche blocks his living room and he is reduced to living in his bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and the teensy corridors between tottering piles of books he decides to get help.

Enter Lewis, professional declutterer, upon whom Jasper had his very first school boy crush, Lewis’s spikey sister, Carole and a cast of memorable secondary characters.

The book is warm, funny and hopeful, with a message that the first step to recovery from a BIG problem is to admit that you have one.

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Unbreak My Heart
by K-lee Klein

Brett Taylor has been doing just fine living in his own little world for the past three years, thank you very much. Losing someone special is life changing, and Brett doesn’t understand why everyone and their damn dog thinks they can get all up in his business about him needing to move on. He managed to make the transition from musician to rancher without relying on anyone else’s opinion or help, and he certainly doesn’t need some city kid coming into his life to disrupt his routine—one that involves grief, isolation, and a whole lot of Jack Daniels.

Moving from one meaningless job to the next, JT Campbell is on a quest to escape his old life and figure out who he is and where he belongs. He’s not looking to save anyone, let alone a secretive, hotter-than-hell rancher who wears his heart on his sleeve. JT likes working for Brett, but Brett’s made it perfectly clear that any relationship between them other than a professional one will never see the light of day.

But when JT’s lust turns to love, and he gives in to his desire to find out what makes Brett tick, will his interest push Brett away? Or will he, through his patience and support, be the one who can finally unbreak Brett’s heart?

Available now from Amber Allure

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My guest today in the Comfy Chair – for the second time, no less – is Charlie Cochrane, best known as the author of the “Lessons” series of murder mysteries, but also for her contemporary and historical romances and as a passionate observer of sports and the men who play them [just not football].

Welcome, Charlie. Take the weight off. Ready? Here we go.

Elin: With the Lessons series edging, in story chronology, into the third decade, can you see a time where Jonty and Orlando might take off their sleuthing specs and settle down to enjoy their professorships? Or once an investigator, always an investigator?

Charlie: I don’t think Orlando could ever let the investigational element go. It’s his equivalent of doing Sudokus or crosswords or playing Fifa 13. Jonty’s less bothered (although he likes sleuthing more than he lets on), but he likes to see Orlando happy. So I guess, like Bryant and May, they’ll just carry on… (And as long as they keep whispering ideas in my ear, I’ll write them.)

Elin: As relationships mature, partners get more alike. True or untrue?

Charlie: Um. Not sure. I’ve known Mr Cochrane since 1977 and I’m not sure we’ve grown any more alike in tastes, opinions or appearance. (Except that, at my age, I’m beginning to learn how to grow a moustache!) Maybe we just grow more tolerant of each other’s eccentricities.

And there’s no risk of Jonty and Orlando growing alike. Too like chalk and cheese, they exist in a state of mutual tolerance fostered by them still being dotty about each other, even as they grow more crumbly.

Elin: Is there one story in the Lessons canon that you would like to write but have declined to tackle?

Charlie: Do you want the honest truth? What really happened to them in WWI. I know that canon says they both survived (even if in complicated circumstances), but at that point canon deviates from what I think happened. (Does this AU nature of my own writing thoughts make any sense? It does to me, but that’s not saying much.)  Anyway, I think that the lads both died on the same day, within hours and miles of each other, probably at the Somme. Jonty would, at least, have appreciated the irony of being so near Agincourt. Far too sad to write any of that, or to have had one of the lads survive and not the other.

Elin: I think it’s as well you didn’t. I’m choking up just thinking about it. Quick change of subject – I loved your book “Tumble Turn” about swimming ace Ben Edward’s quest for love and Paralympic gold. Have you ever written about disabilities in an historical setting?

Charlie: I’ve been racking my brains and I don’t think I have. One of my minor characters, Rex, in the Cambridge series lost his lower leg in a riding accident and wears an artificial one. I also have people who’ve been injured in WWI but I think that’s as close as I get. Maybe I should rectify that!

Elin: Have you got any recommendations for us bookwise? What are you reading at the moment? Works of reference? Funtime reads?

Charlie: I’m about to tackle “Mr Brigg’s Hat”, which is an account of Britain’s first railway murder. Will let you know what I think of it when I’m done. My reading is always eclectic, so recently I’ve been devouring some cosy mysteries and having my regular re-read of “The Charioteer”. If you want a recommendation, I’d say “Unravelling Piltdown” by John Evangelist Walsh. Great if you like any or all of history, science and the follies of human nature.

Elin: Could we please have an excerpt of something – either in the can or soon to come?

Charlie: Of course. This is something a bit different. It’s from my short story “Music in the Midst of Desolation

Blurb: Old soldiers never die — they get whisked straight back to earth to take part in angelic “manoeuvres”. Patrick Evans has no idea why he and Billy Byrne, who fought their wars a century apart, have been chosen for this particular “op”, nor why it seems to involve fixing up the man Billy left behind with someone Billy’s always hated. When Patrick realizes his old lover also has a connection to the case, will the temptation to refuse orders become too great?


“About your job. Got a good memory or do you want to make notes?” Neville produced a notepad and what was evidently a modern version of a pen.

“Both.” Patrick smiled, taking the notepad but using the little propelling pencil he’d found in his dunnage. “Belt in the brain and braces on paper.”

It seemed like he’d given the ideal answer. “Excellent. There’s a file of information for you, of course, but that’s never like your own notes, is it? Right, first thing you need is a name. Billy Byrne.”


“Spot on. Lieutenant William Byrne, The Countess of Wessex’s Regiment, recently returned from Iraq and run down by a lorry first day in civvy street. Ironic, eh?” Neville dunked a biscuit in his tea, consumed it, then carried on. “Barely any time to process him at HQ—he’s got a job to do down here. Needs a bit of help and you’re the man to do it.”

“Am I?” Patrick sat up with a start. “You know, I’m still no clearer about what I’m supposed to be doing.”

Neville obviously didn’t indulge in eye rolling, like Marjorie had done. Instead, he expressed his disappointment by stroking his moustache. “What do they teach you youngsters? Has no-one briefed you at all?”

Patrick shrugged. “Not that I’m aware of. I was simply told to get myself ready, and almost the next thing, I was being whisked down here and landed at Waterloo Station. Marjorie appeared to scoop me up. Nobody told me why or what was required of me.”

“Communication breakdown.” Neville shook his head and took consolation in another dunked biscuit. “Happening more and more. Enemy forces at work, I suppose.”

Plus ça change? Patrick took another biscuit himself; this was going to be hungry work.

“Nothing for it but to learn on the job. No other choice, really. Plenty of the lads here will help you along.” Neville’s clipped tones were somehow reassuring, redolent of bloody good commanding officers Patrick had known. “Different cases, different techniques, same sort of principles.”

“I’m sure they’ll be very helpful, s…Neville.” Patrick stopped himself saying “sir”. “Exactly what sort of case will I be dealing with?”

“Like most of the personnel here, helping out someone who needs something a bit out of the ordinary. Helping out on both sides, really. Perhaps if you haven’t been briefed, then you’d better start by reading this.” Neville pushed what appeared to be a dossier of information across the table. “I suspect this will keep you occupied much of the rest of the day. Better get up to speed—first rendezvous tomorrow.”

Patrick’s heart sank. First rendezvous? What did that mean, and however would he be prepared for it? Maybe the answer lay hidden in this great big dossier. He turned over the folder, noted the title “Robert Woodward, c/o William Byrne” and began to read.


Many thanks for agreeing to be interviewed,  Charlie!

If you want to follow Charlie online, her details are below:

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