Character Closeups: The Cast of Polar Night, Pt. 1

Hey gang! Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. I'm bringing you another round of character closeups, where we get to know three characters, on three different days, from one book or series. 

This week's closeup will introduce us to the characters of Polar Night by Julie Flanders. It's a story full of mystery and intrigue, with some cool supernatural twists. You can learn all about it below... 

Also, as a special treat, Julie is offering up one free eCopy of the book. 

Just leave a comment on any of this week's Polar Night closeup posts (there'll be three of them), and you'll be entered for a chance to win. (NOTE: Only 1 entry per post will be counted in the drawing--so you can have up to three entries.) We'll draw the winner's name this weekend and announce on the blog next week. 

Good luck! And I hope you enjoy. :)

The Cast of Polar Night, Pt. 1


1. Character Name: Danny Fitzpatrick

2. Physical description: I’m tall and thin, with thick brown hair that is always coming unkempt no matter how many times I comb it. I have a long nose and brown eyes to match my hair. I’m lanky and have always been told I’m too thin.

3. Hero or villain: A reluctant hero, and could be considered an anti-hero

4. Where do you live? I live in Fairbanks, Alaska and work for the Fairbanks Police Department. I live in a building with four apartments but I haven’t bothered to get to know my neighbors. They’re quiet and keep to themselves, which works for me. My apartment really needs a paint job and could use some new furniture, but I’m rarely there except to sleep anyway so I can’t be bothered to decorate.

5. My problem or biggest obstacle: I’m trying to find a woman who has gone missing while I think there is a chance she’s still alive. I know who abducted her, but I don’t have any evidence to prove it. I just know I’m right.

6. What is my most memorable moment? The death of my wife. This was before I moved to Fairbanks, when she and I lived in my hometown of Chicago.

7. Have I ever been in love? Yes, I was in love with my wife Caroline. Describe what happened: She was murdered right in front of me.

8. What do you think of love? You can probably guess based on my previous answer, but I’m not big on love. It didn’t work out too well for me.

9. What are my goals? To find this missing woman while she’s still alive, and to solve the mystery of another woman who went missing a few years ago. And to drink enough alcohol to get through the day.

Read more about Danny's investigation in Polar Night!



When Detective Danny Fitzpatrick leaves his hometown of Chicago and moves to Fairbanks, Alaska he wants nothing more than to escape the violence and heartbreak that left his life in pieces. Numbed by alcohol and the frozen temperatures of an Alaskan winter, Danny is content with a dead-end job investigating Fairbanks' cold cases. That all changes when a pretty blond woman goes missing on the winter solstice, and Danny stumbles upon some surprising connections between her disappearance and that of another Fairbanks woman three years earlier. Forced out of his lethargy, Danny sets out to both find the missing woman and solve his own cold case. 

The investigation points Danny towards Aleksei Nechayev, the handsome and charming proprietor of an old asylum turned haunted tourist attraction in the Arctic town of Coldfoot. As he tries to find a link between Nechayev and his case, Danny's instinct tells him that Nechayev is much more than what he seems.

Danny has no idea that Nechayev is hiding a secret that is much more horrifying than anything he could ever have imagined. As his obsession with finding the missing women grows, Danny finds his own life in danger. And when the truth is finally revealed, the world as he knows it will never be the same. 

Purchase Polar Night Here


About The Author


Julie Flanders is a librarian and a freelance writer who has written for both online and print publications. She is an avid animal lover and shares her home in Cincinnati, Ohio with her dog and cat. Her debut novel Polar Night, a suspense thriller with a supernatural twist, is now available from Ink Smith Publishing at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Find Julie online at her blog, and on Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook.

57 comments:

  1. Cool! I'm fascinated by stories that take place in Alaska--probably because I don't know how anyone can survive such messed up sun cycles. =) Beautiful location though.

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    1. I'm exactly the same, Crystal! lol I'm something of an insomniac anyway, so I think the eternal daylight thing might literally kill me. :)

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  2. Thanks so much for having Danny and the other Polar Night characters here at your site, EJ. I hope none of them give you any trouble. :D

    I'm thrilled to be part of your character profile series, thank you again!

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  3. @Crystal, thank you! I feel the same way about Alaska LOL. I can't imagine living in it but it sure is interesting to write about.

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  4. Rough to see your wife killed in front of you.
    Don't enter me - I already own it.

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  5. This book is so good! I'm only a little ways in but I love it.

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    1. Thank you, Michael! I'm thrilled you are enjoying it. :)

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  6. I love the sound of this story. I hope I win! :)

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  7. I have this on my Kindle, and I can't wait to read it!

    Hi, E.J. :)

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  8. Poor Danny. No wonder he drinks. And I've got this on my Kindle too!

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  9. I enjoyed learning more about Danny! Your book is already waiting for me on Kindle, and I can't wait to read it! EJ, thanks for hosting Julie!

    Julie

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie. I hope you will like it!

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  10. I started Polar Night over the weekend! Can't wait to read more tonight.

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  11. What a fun read this post was! Thanks EJ! I was so into it that the last line of his goals took me off guard. Oh my. Sounds like quite the character.

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    1. I'm so thrilled you liked it, Tanya! Thanks!

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  12. I already have a copy, but it's nice to learn more about Danny!

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    1. Thanks so much for getting it, Cherie!

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  13. Go Julie!!! Polar Night sounds awesome!

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  14. Hi Julie,

    Poor Danny. His interview made me sad. :( And now I'm trying to picture Danny and I keep thinking of the actor Adrien Brody.

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    1. Hi Brinda! Oh, that's interesting, I've been trying to think of someone in my mind that fits for Danny just for fun. I will have to think about Brody. Thanks!

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  15. I have to get this book. I know someone from Fairbanks. He'll love this.

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    1. Oh, thank you! I hope your friend will like it, thanks so much.

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  16. Terrific spotlight! I'm on Team Danny all the way so you know I've got to pick this story up ASAP.

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! I'm thrilled you are on Team Danny LOL. I hope you will like the book, thanks so much.

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  17. Book sounds amazing. I love that Danny is the jaded anti-hero. Putting this on my must read list.

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    1. Hi, Trisha! I appreciate that so much, thanks!

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  18. The book is already on my Kindle... just waiting to be read...
    I already feel sorry for Danny! Sounds like he's had a raw deal, and it's not about to get better any time soon...

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    1. Thank you Michelle, I hope you will enjoy the book!

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  19. Awesome! Gave it a tweet! Best of luck Julie!

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  20. These are so much fun :) Congrats and good luck, Julie! :)

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  21. After reading your post, I am looking forward to this. Your post is particular useful, plz keep going. Sometimes I sell runescape accounts to gain more money.

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  22. Danny sounds like a great character. Gotta love unkempt hair ;)

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    1. Thank you, Lynda. And I agree about the hair LOL. Thanks!

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  23. Hi EJ and Julie..the book sounds amazing! I have lived in Alaska twice~ I never did make it to Fairbanks, but the local color is quite unique!
    I too love brown hair a bit rumpled, I mean unkempt ;D

    Good Luck Julie!
    EJ I hope you are doing well~

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    1. Hi Ella, how interesting that you lived in Alaska! I just loved writing about it. Thanks so much for your good wishes!

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  24. This sounds like a great story. I enjoyed this closeup.

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  25. Weirdly, I just read another story about someone escaping to Alaska. Wonder if that's the "thing" to do these days. lol. Sounds interesting, and poor Danny.

    (PS E.J. Congrats on NA Alley!)

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    1. Oh, how funny! Maybe there will be a new trend LOL. Thank you!

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  26. Danny sounds like quite a character, Julie! Congratulations!

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  27. The best part was 'reluctant hero'. I loved it. sounds like quite the read.

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