Today Cass Donovan from Grave Consequences is visiting Ascroft, eh? to tell us about the novel, the latest novel in the Bay Island Psychic mystery series by Lena Gregory.
Welcome, Cass. Let’s get started, shall we?
Tell us about the novel that you live inside. Is it part of a series? If so, please tell us about the series too.
I’m Cass Donovan, and I live inside the Bay Island Psychic Mystery series. I used to own a psychiatric practice in New York City, but the death of a patient, along with a series of personal problems, led me to give up that life and return to my childhood home on Bay Island. I opened Mystical Musings, my psychic shop on the boardwalk, hoping to help people who needed to speak to ghosts. Not that I actually believed in ghosts. I believed my ability to give accurate readings came from good instincts and years of psychiatric training. As time went on, and my series progressed, I’ve come to learn I may have been wrong about that. In Grave Consequences, Bay Island Psychic Mystery #5, the ghosts are haunting me relentlessly. The voices are so constant that I misunderstand what one of them is telling me and end up smack in the middle of a murder investigation.
Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too?
I definitely control what happens in the story. When my writer tries to deviate from my plan, she doesn’t get very far and usually ends up deleting everything she’s written. The only one who gets more of a say than me in how the story progresses is my best friend, Bee. I’m pretty sure he’s my writer’s favorite.
How did you evolve as the main character?
My writer wanted two character with firm beliefs. Bee believes ghosts absolutely do not exist. Stephanie, on the other hand, believes in ghosts and has believed I could contact them since we were kids. But my writer wanted the main character to be uncertain, to evolve as the other two each tried to convince her to embrace their point of view. I try to keep an open mind, and I’ve grown through the series as I began to realize some of the things I knew came from somewhere other than good instincts.
Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them?
Bee and Stephanie are my best friends, and I love sharing this story with them. They are by my side no matter what kind of trouble I get myself into.
What’s the place like where you find yourself in this story?
Mystical Musings is my psychic shop on Bay Island’s boardwalk. The back of the shop boasts a beautiful view of the bay as well as the Bay Island Lighthouse. In Grave Consequences, I find myself in the middle of a murder investigation that involves the lighthouse, the keeper’s house, and a three-hundred-year-old pirate.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book?
Grave Consequences is the fifth book in my Bay Island Psychic Mystery series, and I’d love for readers to join Bee, Stephanie, and me as we try to solve this case. While Grave Consequences can easily be read as a stand-alone, I’d love to share my entire journey with everyone.
Thank you so much for having me!
You’re welcome, Cass. Thanks for answering my questions and good luck to you and your author with Grave Consequences, the latest book in the Bay Island Psychi Mystery series.
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About Lena Gregory: She is the author of the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries, which take place on a small island between the north and south forks of Long Island, New York, and the All-Day Breakfast Café Mysteries, which are set on the outskirts of Florida’s Ocala National Forest.
Lena grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island. She recently relocated to Clermont, Florida with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and four dogs. Her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and walking. Her love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night. She works full time as a writer and a freelance editor and is a member of Sisters in Crime.