Character Closeups: The Cast of Polar Night, Pt. 2

**UPDATE - Just received some very exciting personal news on the New Adult lit front! You can check it HERE (but come back and read Julie's closeup! :) I'll be blogging about it in more detail soon.**

Hey gang! Today is the second installment of this week's Polar Night (by Julie Flanders) character closeups. It's a story full of mystery and intrigue, with some cool supernatural twists. You can learn all about it below... 

Remember to leave a comment to be entered into a drawing for a free digital copy of Polar Night. (NOTE: Only 1 entry per post will be counted for the drawing, so you can have your name put in up to three times if you comment on each one.) We'll draw the winner over the weekend and announce here on the blog next week.

Hope you can stop back by tomorrow for the final installment, as we get a look at our first 'bad guy' of the book. :)


The Cast of Polar Night, Pt. 2

1. Character Name: Amanda Fiske

2. Physical description: I’m tall and slender, with long blond hair and blue eyes. People have told me I look like I’m Scandinavian, which makes sense since my father’s family is Norwegian.

3. Hero or villain: Hero. I’ve tried to help out on some cases of missing women, but the police never want to listen to me.

4. Where do you live? I live in an apartment in Fairbanks, Alaska. I’m a librarian at the public library there. My apartment is cozy and I love to cook.

5. What is your biggest problem? I can’t get people to believe me when I try to tell them I can help find the missing women. They all think I’m crazy.

6. When were you most afraid? Ten years ago when I was nearly abducted in my hometown of Sitka. I barely got away from a man who tried to kidnap me.

7. What three words would you use to describe your personality? Open-minded, compassionate, and reserved.

8. What three words would others use to describe you? Crazy, anxious, and delusional.

Read more about Amanda 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.


  1. Thanks again for featuring my characters here, EJ! It's been a lot of fun so far. :)

    1. Replying to myself to say congrats on your big news, EJ! That's totally awesome and you really deserve it. :)

  2. Fun character study- love these. Congrats and good luck, Julie.

    and a huge CONGRATS to EJ on NA Alley! so cool. :)

    Best to all

  3. These are fun!
    And I don't think she's crazy.

    1. Thank you, Alex. And I don't think she is either!

  4. Amanda, people never do give credit to legitimate sleuths. My MC is thought to be crazy a lot of the time, too!

    Congrats on your appointment to NA Alley, EJ. That's so cool!

  5. @Gwen, you know I love your MC! And she's not crazy either. :)

  6. Amanda sounds like an interesting character.

  7. Interesting to see she'll have more of a role in the book than it appears at first glance.

  8. @Mary, I think it's safe to say she will LOL. Thanks again for reading!

  9. It makes me want to know more about why Amanda can help.

    1. I'm so glad you are interested by it, Donna, thank you!


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