Tuesday 10 December 2013

The Ghosts of Aquinnah

Please give a warm welcome to Christopher Casey, one of the characters in Julie Flanders's new novel, The Ghosts of Aquinnah. After hearing about this book for so long, I am desperate to get my hands on it!

Aquinnah, Massachusetts

The Ghosts of Aquinnah Character Interview 

What is your name?
Christopher Casey

What do you look like?
I have dark curly brown hair and brown eyes, I always seem to have the beginnings of a scruffy beard on my face. I’m athletic and wiry and because I’m Irish I’m cursed with pale skin. 

When were you born? Where do you live?
I was born in 1863 and at the moment I’m bouncing between homes. I was born in Galway, Ireland and lived there until recently. Then I moved to Boston, Massachusetts and have recently lived with the Winslows in the town of Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard. That didn’t work out too well, so now I’m temporarily living in the fishing village of Menemsha on the Vineyard. 

What has been the most important event in your life?
I left Boston on January 17, 1884 to sail to Savannah, Georgia on The City of Columbus. I’ve always wanted to live where it’s warm. I didn’t get very far, as the ship sank off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. My life has been a bit strange since I ended up on this island. I’m fortunate I survived the wreck though, as more than 100 people didn’t.

Have you ever been in love?
I am now, actually. Crazily so.

Do you hold grudges?
No, not really. Life is too short for that, isn’t it? 

Who is the person you respect the most? Despise the most?
I respected my mother. She raised me on her own because my father died before I was born. She’s dead now though. I can’t say I really despise anyone, but I’m not particularly fond of Josiah Winslow. 

What goal do you most want to accomplish in your lifetime?
I want to marry Stella Winslow.


A brilliant flash of light transcends through time.

Another freezes a cloaked figure within a frame of salty mist as waves crash against a rocky shore. Her harrowing expression shadows the beacon to a pinprick.

By the next blaze, she is gone. Only the lighthouse remains.

Hannah’s eyes blink in step with each heartbeat. Images of her deceased parents and Martha’s Vineyard explode like firecrackers inside her mind.

She shakes her head.

For weeks this eerie woman dressed in nineteenth century garb has been haunting my webcam, but tonight she stared into my soul.

Why? ...

Who is she? ...

Casting aside months of research on historic lighthouses, Hannah drives to the coast and boards a ferry.

What is the strange connection she has to this mysterious woman suspended in time?

Hannah finds out.

But, it’s not at all what she expects...

Hannah unravels a century old murder.

Buy The Ghosts of Aquinnah:

Author Bio: Julie Flanders is a novelist and freelance writer in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a life-long love affair with the ocean and has spent more summer vacations than she can count on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. When not writing, Julie can be found playing with her pets, reading, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and watching too much television. The Ghosts of Aquinnah is Julie’s second novel. Her debut novel Polar Night was released in February, 2013 by Ink Smith Publishing.

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  1. I really liked the character study as a questionnaire. It made my interest grow, and I'm now looking forward to reading The Ghosts of Aquinnah.

  2. Christopher, you've been around a while!

  3. Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing the review.

  4. Thanks so much for hosting Christopher and me here today, Annalisa! I really appreciate it.

    @Fanny, oh, thanks, that really brought a smile to my face!

    @Optimistic, Christopher says it's great to meet you too.

    @Alex, LOL, he's is a bit old.

    @Munir, thank you!

  5. This sounds great, Julie! I love his answer for his life goal. :)

  6. @Rachel, glad you liked it, thanks!

  7. Great post and I definitely love the way you did the character interview. The book sounds like just my kind of mystery too. Thanks for the share! Enjoyed reading your blog post today!

  8. @Gossip_Grl, thank you! So glad you enjoyed it.

  9. Interesting! And I'm guessing that Josiah will be an "obstacle" for Stella and Christopher. I like the characters' names too; it's always hard for me to pick out good names for my characters.

  10. I'd love to buy Ghosts....but it's not on kindle as far as I can see?? Am missing something?

    1. It doesn't look like it at the moment Denise, but if I remember correctly Polar Nights wasn't published on Kindle straight away - so it might happen at a later date.

    2. Thanks so much for your interest, Denise! There was a mix-up with the Kindle and it is listed separately here:


      It seems something always has to go a little wonky LOL. Thank you again!

  11. Great character interview! I'm now even more eager to read The Ghosts of Aquinnah sometime. Christopher needs to stop thinking he was "cursed" with pale skin, though. Pale skin is awesome!

    1. LOL I have pale skin too thanks to my Irish grandmother! I feel like it's more of a curse but I should adopt your view. :D

  12. Hi Annalisa and Julie - Christopher sounds interesting .. and his journey in life ... looking forward to reading it .. cheers Hilary

  13. Thanks for stopping by and supporting Julie!

  14. I swoon for Christopher! And what a man to say he can't despise anyone. He's such a sweetheart!

    1. Aww, I swooned for him too! Thanks, Christine.

  15. That interview was fun to read, Julie. So happy you shared it with us. I like character interviews!


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