It’s Rebecca Cohen’s turn at the wheel!
- If you had to live in a movie, TV show, or book, which would you choose and why?
I’d like to be in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Douglas Adams and his story telling were a major influence on my writing. I adore sci fi with humor and I’d love to have dinner at the restaurant at the end of the universe.
- Describe a really bad decision you once made.
I don’t linger on mistakes, regrets aren’t something that help me move forward. Even a bad decision can lead to somewhere that will ultimately work out. There’s a part of me that thinks I should have left a particular job earlier than I did (it really didn’t help my mental health) but that in the end put me on the path to where I am now.
- A genie pops up and offers to grant you one talent. What do you choose and why?
Patience. I have a 5-year-old little boy, and some days I need to count up to 100!
- Who’s one of the most interesting people you’ve met?
An elderly gentleman who at one time been a professional actor, stage, screen and radio, and had story after story about both amateur and professional theatre. He was quite the character, once proclaiming that he believed in ghosts but not gravity.
- You’ve just met an alien from a planet where there’s no such thing as fiction writing. Explain to him/her/it/them why humans read made-up stories.
Because sometimes life is hard, and we want to escape – whether that is being swept up in a romance or questing as a knight. Reading can take you on a journey away for the immediate issues of real life
- Which (living) celebrity would you most want to have dinner with?
Mark Gatiss – I think he would be fascinating to talk to and discuss which was his real love, the writing or the acting, and which he would chose if forced to do so
- Cats or dogs? Discuss.
Growing up I’ve always had cats as pets. I like dogs, but cats are what I know. I love it when then curl up and purr, their attitude that they are godlike, and there’s nothing like kitten tummy fur to run your fingers through.
Not All Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks
Mark hopes his boredom with his current job will be alleviated by a short stint in Basel, Switzerland. When he meets Steffen, who struck out on his own from an old-money family to establish an IT firm, Mark expects some fun, great sex, and a clean break when his job is done. The arrangement is perfect for Steffen, who has been content with casual after a betrayal—and has a taste for British men after attending university in the UK. But as they explore the city’s rich history and traditions, Mark begins to see Steffen as much more than a tour guide with benefits. If he isn’t careful, the trip meant to break the lull in his career might end up breaking his heart instead….
World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.
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Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she left London behind and now lives in Basel, Switzerland with her husband and young son.