Let’s Talk THIRDS with Charlie Cochet

November 5, 2014

Dreamspinner: So, Dex? Where did you get the inspiration for this 80′s-music-singing, high-octane cop with the mouth of a sailor who can’t hold his liquor?

Ah, Dex. Dex popped into my head in all his Cheesy-doodle-crunching, power-ballad-singing glory. It’s kind of scary how many traits Dex and I share. The 80s quirk was easy for me because like Dex, I’m a child of the 80s. I love the music, the movies, the cartoons, and toys. The clothes maybe not so much, but I definitely enjoy looking back at the fashion horrors. The coffee obsession is something we also share. Brain function is difficult without my cup of java in the morning. All that frothy goodness. Mmm….

I’m also big fan of John McClane from the Die Hard movies. This every day cop with amazing wit who always found himself embroiled in some kind of trouble that ends up with him beat up or almost getting blown up. That whole kind of “every man” trait that John McClane has is something I wanted for Dex. He’s not this invincible action hero who knows three kinds of martial arts and can walk away from an explosion without a scratch on him. I wanted Dex to be fun but complex. He’s the kind of guy you’d love to have as a friend. He’s a genuinely nice guy, loyal, always wants to do the right thing, loves his family, and knows when to be serious. Trouble has a way of finding him. He might be on an elite team, but he’s just a regular guy. Just weirder.

Dreamspinner: Are we only going to get three books in the THIRDS series?

There are quite a few books planned for the THIRDS series. At the moment, I have 8 books planned. It’s a continuous timeline, though book 5 will be from Ash & Cael’s point of views, and Book 6 from Calvin & Hobbs’s point of views, Book 7 & 8 will return to Dex and Sloane. I also have a book planned in the THIRDS world with agent Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn. After that, we’ll have to see. You never know which characters will demand to have their stories told. I have a few couples that might get their own novellas.

Dreamspinner: What scene in any of the THIRDS books do you still laugh about?

I admit that I still laugh at a good deal of Dex’s antics. It’s hard to pick just one. The training scene in Blood & Thunder is a top favorite. Sloane is in his jaguar form and he takes off after another agent who screams “like a pre-teen at a Bieber concert”. That scene still makes me chuckle. Also the scene with his ex at Bar Dekatria with the goats and Waking Dead secrets coming to light.

Dreamspinner: Who was the most difficult character to write in the THIRDS series?

All the characters in the THIRDS are challenging in some way, but I think Dex is still my most complex character because there’s the image he portrays of this happy go-lucky guy who’s always smiling and joking, but inside he’s very sharp and perceptive. He feels things deeply. Plus there’s his humor. Humor is incredibly difficult to write because it either happens or it doesn’t. You can’t force humor. Dex’s one-liners and snappy comebacks have to come during that moment. There are just so many layers to him, so many instances where he’s doing one thing but thinking or feeling something completely different.

Dreamspinner: Coffee or tea? Ebook or print? Vanilla or chocolate? Rap or country music?

Coffee. Sentences and words don’t happen without coffee. I love both eBook and print. For research, I prefer print books. Chocolate for sure. I do enjoy vanilla, but chocolate is right up there just below coffee. I’m not big on rap or country. I’m more into 80s music. ;)

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Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From historical to fantasy, contemporary to science fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too! Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and, boy, it’s hot! When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

8 Responses to “Let’s Talk THIRDS with Charlie Cochet”

  1. Sula* says:

    Hi Charlie, I am looking forward to the next instalment :)

    I am pretty fond of John McClane as well, but he is never allowed any romantic entanglements even though he is loyal, protective and would sacrifice himself for them and others! Maybe the last few words of my sentence is the issue, he spends too much time saving others that he forgets his loved ones at home…until they need him, then its too late to keep a relationship with them? Thankfully Dex and Sloane are together at work as well, but this also has its own issues.

    I look forward to the next dozen or so books about them and their colleagues, as well as any spin off’s :D

  2. Michele says:

    I just wanted to says kudos to Charlie for this incredible series. I’m a big M/M reader and for over three of reading that genre I have stayed away from sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal until these books. Thanks to Charlie and the Thirds I am more open reader with regards to paranormal and sci-fi novels.

    Love you Charlie

    Team Sexy-pants.

  3. Carly Rose says:

    I love this interview!

    The scenes you mentioned were two of my favorites as well.

    And when Sloan said that Ash and Dex were “a couple of mother hens, clucking away over their little chick” when it comes to Cael. That made me laugh.

  4. Alec says:

    I absolutely cannot wait to see what the future books bring. Thanks Charlie for bringing this series to life!

  5. JJ says:

    I really enjoyed the interview and getting to know more about the characters and the series.

  6. Fff says:

    Hi Charlie !
    Interesting this interview, thank you, I enjoy to learn more about your “babies”.
    So you are a “Dex-girl” ! I am too, he is my great favorite.

    D-2 for Rack & Ruin !!! Yeahhhh !

  7. Thank you all for dropping by to check out the interview! I really enjoyed it! I’m so happy to hear you’re all enjoying the series. There’s certainly a whole lot more in store for these cheeky mischief makers. :D

  8. Richele says:

    Love the interview, Dex, and THIRDS!

    And did I read the comment about Hudson and Seb correctly? Are the two of them getting a book?

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