While on my recent Blog Tour for Charlie’s Hero, I shared a Character Bio for Charlie Matthews. In case you missed it, here’s a bit about Charlie.
Meet Charlie Matthews
Name: Charlie Matthews
Physical Characteristics: 6’1’’, lean and toned, very blond hair, fair skin, blue eyes
Occupation: Elementary school teacher, a career inspired by his father who encouraged his hunger for obtaining and sharing knowledge.
Family: Son of John, a mid-level manager at an insurance company, and Patricia Matthews, both of whom have disowned him due to his sexuality.
Best Friend: Greg Lenehan, a straight guy who is one of Charlie’s strongest supporters.
Personality: Intelligent and eager to pass knowledge onto the younger generation. Friendly. Community minded. Well respected. Very likeable. Likes to take a leading role in the bedroom.
Loves: Running, reading, cooking, travelling and fast cars. Falls in love with Josh Campbell.
Heartache: Charlie’s parents are no longer part of his life. He wants a family. He also wants to live openly, not hiding who he is, or who he loves.
Schoolteacher Charlie Matthews returns to his hometown, looking to regain a sense of community, reconnect with friends, and settle down. It looks like his dreams have come true when paramedic Josh Campbell attends an accident at the school. It’s love at first sight, and a romance begins.
But Josh’s reluctance to come out to the brother who raised him, puts pressure on their fledgling relationship. While Charlie understands Josh’s concerns, he can’t help growing impatient. After all, Charlie came out years ago.
It’s not until Charlie confronts his own parents and realizes he hasn’t come to terms with their rejection that he fully understands what Josh has to lose. But Josh is Charlie’s hero, and Josh will do anything to prove to Charlie that he doesn’t need his parents to be part of a family.