Hi Rebecca, and welcome to Hearts! It’s so nice to get to talk to you and we are just dying to know….
First of all, Whoops, Vicar, There Goes My Trousers, – based on a real play?
I’m sure you’ll be relieved to know that WVTGMT is a figment of my imagination. I wanted something over the top and very silly, and while I have seen a number of farces, this play is all the daftest bits rolled into one. Although, I don’t think it’s really as bad as Andy (one of my leading men) makes it out to be.
On that same theme, what’s the worst play you’ve ever seen?
The Caretaker by Pinter. It was an amateur production, which may or may not have made matters worse, but this is the only play I’ve actually fallen asleep in.
Overly Dramatic is humorous – do you think comedy is easier to write than, say, drama?
I wrote Overly Dramatic after finished Under Glass which was fairly angsty. I needed some light relief and I was in the mood to write something funny. So I don’t necessarily think it was easier just that I was in the right frame of mind to tackle it.
What was your favorite part of Overly to write?
The scene from the play. I actually use script layout, and writing silly stage direction like “Goat cross stage”, or lines like “Well, I wouldn’t want to delay the rising of the cloth. Although I would say that what happens in the vestry should stay in the vestry” .was great fun
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Keep going! Write, write and write some more.
What is the most difficult part for you as an author? What is the best?
I have a rather busy life, so carving out time to write can be difficult. The best is creating new worlds and characters and bringing the fictional characters in my head to life.
Authors who influenced you?
Daphne Du Maurier, Terry Pratchett, Agatha Christie… mmm that’s a bit of a mixed bag!
What one author (just one!) from any time would you love to meet?
Shakespeare – those of you who’ve read my historical series (The Crofton Chronicles) won’t be surprised!
Important question – tea or coffee?
Tea! You do realize I’m British, right?
How would your best friend describe you?
Good listener, and fun to be around, but really indecisive (when I’m at the day job I make lots of decisions so I’m pretty rubbish when out with friends and asked what to do)
Can you tell us what you have upcoming?
The other two novellas in this series (Treading the Boards) have different main characters but based around the Sarky Players amateur dramatics society are queued up and ready to go. Summer Season is due out Oct, and He’s Behind You is my first Christmas story and due out in Dec. I’m currently working on Avarice (final of the Reagalos series) and Making History at Crofton Hall (the next modern Crofton).
Andy Marshall moves to London looking for a fresh start after breaking up with his long-term boyfriend. To stave off boredom from his day job as an accountant and to meet new people, Andy joins a local amateur dramatics society called the Sarky Players based in Greenwich, South London. Despite his best efforts to avoid it, Andy is cast as one of the leads in a truly dreadful play called Whoops, Vicar, There Goes My Trousers, written by a local playwright.
The play might be bad, but the Sarky Players are a friendly bunch. Andy quickly makes new friends and finds himself attracted to Phil Cormack, a local artist helping with the props. But life doesn’t run to a script, so Andy and Phil will have to work hard to improvise their own happy ending.
Pages or Words: 120 pages, 40k words
Categories: Contemporary, Humor, M/M Romance, Romance
The handout turned out to be a few pages of the play stapled together. Andy had expected the script for Cold Comfort Farm—this definitely wasn’t that.
“Er, Derek, have you given us the right play? This says it’s from Whoops, Vicar, There Goes My Trousers.”
“You old dog, Derek,” said Ryan with a guffaw. “You’ve lured in this poor man on the promise of a proper play.”
“It is a proper play, Ryan. Just because it was written by a local doesn’t make it any less credible.”
Dear God, what had he gotten himself into? He quickly checked the flyer and saw for the first time that the date for Cold Comfort Farm audition was the year before. Derek must’ve used the flyer to scribble down the audition times, but whether he’d deliberately meant to mislead Andy was another matter. Andy skimmed through the partial script. Instead of the gentle comedy based around a young woman who arrived in an airplane and something nasty in the woodshed, he had a 1920s farce involving a runaway goat, a vicar, and a large quantity of stolen French brandy. And that was just the scene in front of him.
Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond