Aida Brassington, the author of Between Seasons is here to tell us a bit about Patrick, the main character from her book.
Patrick Boyle dies in the fall of 1970, just days before he’s due to report for the Vietnam War draft, which seems like a good thing until he realizes he’s stuck in the house with no indication of when he’ll be escorted to heaven. And after his parents leave the house, he’s trapped without company — until a mysterious woman who can channel his memories buys the house forty years later. The spring brings with it new life, but falling in love with the new owner may only bring heartbreak to them both.
There are a million ways to die. When I think of accidental deaths, things like car accidents and being hit by wayward tree branches come to mind. But believe it or not, you have a lifetime average chance of dying by falling down the stairs of one in 1,818. In that respect, nineteen-year-old Patrick Boyle (pictured here as I imagine him…but as a brunette), the main character of my recently-published novel, Between Seasons, wins the lottery – he wakes up the day before he has to report for the Vietnam War draft and plummets down the stairs of his own house, breaking his neck and instantly dying.
As you might imagine, dying in 1970 when you’re nineteen isn’t exactly the ideal – and neither is becoming a ghost or being stuck in the same place for decades without company.
How does someone spend forty years by themselves? How would YOU amuse yourself? Because I’m an avid reader, Patrick gained a habit of mine in that he loves books. Before his parents abandon the house, he hides all his books – in the attic insulation, in a crawl space in the basement, and anywhere else he can find. His favorite? The Turn of the Screw? Fitting, no?
A ghost reading about ghosts? I like it!
And thank god Patrick has some interesting things to read! Aside from the Henry James novel, there’s Slaughterhouse-Five, a book on world religions, textbooks, and raft of other books. The mysterious Sara Oswald is also a reader, so he gets a look at more contemporary literature.
During the time period I wrote Between Seasons, I liked to imagine how I would react to a book like House of Leaves (a very visually interesting horror novel by Mark Z. Danielewski), which Sara leaves open on her desk one day, had I been forced to skip the last several decades of literature. There’s a massive cultural divide between 1970 and 2010, and it’s really evident in the literature.
That’s not what Between Seasons is about, of course, but it contributes to the overall tension between Patrick and Sara as well as the other modern day characters. In many ways, the novel is a modernized Rip Van Winkle with a twist – a love story that makes up for Patrick’s isolation over the years.
Interested in finding out more about Between Seasons or reading about Patrick and Sara? It’s available in paperback — Kindle — Nook — Smashwords.