Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Polar Night by Julie Flanders: Character Interview and Excerpt


An Interview with Aleksei Nechayev 

Aleksei is the antagonist of Polar Night as well as the proprietor of the Snow Creek, an asylum turned haunted tourist attraction in the Arctic town of Coldfoot, Alaska.

LAURIE: Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

ALEKSEI: I’m a native of St. Petersburg, Russia and dream of returning there someday.

LAURIE: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

ALEKSEI: I wanted to be the Czar of Russia.

LAURIE: What one word best describes you?

ALEKSEI: Gorgeous (And no, I’m not conceited. I’m just honest.)

LAURIE: Who is your favorite author?

ALEKSEI: Thomas Harris. The Silence of the Lambs is my favorite book and movie. Who doesn’t love Hannibal Lector?

LAURIE: What makes you happy?

ALEKSEI: The memory of Natasha, the love of my life and the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.

LAURIE: What are you passionate about these days?

ALEKSEI: Finding another beautiful woman to love.

LAURIE: If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?

ALEKSEI: That depends. If you were one of the guests at the Snow Creek you’d be dazzled by my charm and friendliness. Cute chirpy birds have nothing on me when I’m working. But if you showed up during the winter when my hotel was closed for the season? Grumpy doesn’t begin to describe it.

LAURIE: What would we find under your bed?

ALEKSEI: That depends on the time of year. If you came during the winter you may stumble upon a woman from the FBI’s missing person’s list. I’d kill you before you had the chance to rescue her, though.

LAURIE: Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

LAURIE: Well, that’s all I have for you. Thank you for your time and being so open.


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.



He loved the cold.
Raw, icy, bone chilling cold. It reminded him of home. Of January. Of her.
Most couldn't tolerate the harsh Alaskan winters. But he wasn’t like most. He didn't fear the cold. He embraced it.
He stared out at the barren white landscape in front of him, and brushed a strand of straight blond hair from his forehead. He shook the snowflakes from his long, gloved fingers, and put his hands back into the pockets of his black coat.
He loved the cold, yes, but he loved the night even more. His first winter in Alaska had convinced him to make the state his American home. He knew he had found the right place.
He lived for the night. And it was coming.
It was almost December, and the darkness was coming.
When it came, she would be his again. He felt a rush of anticipation as he turned to go back inside.
The darkness was almost here.

Julie Flanders is a librarian and a freelance writer who has written for both online and print publications. She is an animal lover and shares her home in Cincinnati, Ohio with her dog and cat. Her debut novel Polar Night, a paranormal suspense thriller, is now available from Ink Smith Publishing.

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michelle said...

Some chilling answers which do not surprise me. They fit the character!
Great interview!
Writer In Transit

Darcía Helle said...

Fantastic interview, ladies! This one is going on my to-read list.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Not sure I'd want to be a chirpy bird.
And Czar? He had high aspirations!
Good stuff, Julie.

Mary Hill said...

Such a cool, creepy character. Thinks for featuring Julie on you website. :)

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Sheesh, what a grumpy Gus.

Great interview, ladies. And he is a TERRIFIC bad guy. (He does it so well.)

Brinda said...

You never know what you might find under someone's bed!

Julie Flanders said...

Thank you all for your comments, and thanks again Laurie for hosting me!

Nana Prah said...

Cool interview. Polar Nights was a book I very much enjoyed reading.

Cecilia Robert said...

Great interview! Nice to meet you Aleksei. :)

Annalisa Crawford said...

A very chilling interview. I won't be looking under anyone's bed for a long time!

Yolanda Renee said...

Great interview, with a very chilling fellow.

Congrat's Julie!

Debbie Christiana said...

Great interview. I like Aleksei, well his honesty anyway. Seems an interesting fellow :)

I have Polar Nights on my Kindle and hope to get to it soon. It's sounds like a great read. Good luck with it.

Julie Luek said...

Oh he just drips with intrigue. The bad guy we want. Great character, Julie!

Heather Holden said...

Fantastic interview! I must admit, I started giggling when I read his reasoning for calling himself gorgeous. So shameless!

Julie Flanders said...

@Nana, thanks again for your review of the book!

@Cecilia, thanks!

@Annalisa, LOL, good idea.

@Yolanda, thank you!

@Debbi, oh, thanks so much, I hope you will like it!

@Julie, thanks!

@Heather, LOL, he is. :D