Welcome to Mystic….

Happy Friday! Don’t forget to visit me at the Scribes – Tattoo You.

Well, it’s finally happened.

I’m officially a published author!

MYSTIC INK is on sale now from Soul Mate Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Paper copies should be coming in late 2012. I appreciate all the help, encouragement, and support from everyone. Please drop me a line and let me know if you enjoyed the book!

Today, I thought I’d take you on a tour of the book’s setting, real world Mystic, CT.  Mystic is not an official town, but rather a historic district sandwiched between Groton and Stonington. Even though Mystic doesn’t exist as a political entity, it’s a real, vibrant community.

Lovely historic Main Street

Mystic’s two main tourist attractions are Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium (where an important scene takes place in the book).

Throughout the novel, many of the places in the book are real: Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream Shop, Elm Grove Cemetery, S & P Oyster House, and the famous Mystic drawbridge.

The Mystic River Bridge

Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream. Nix and Cal get help here from an unlikely source.

The Ice Cream – Fabulous!

Some places are based on a real buildings that I modified for my own purposes. Fawn’s Pawn’s, Devlin Ward’s pawn shop, is modeled after an old factory site that is really a restaurant complex. Toro’s Pizza is my take on the famous Mystic Pizza.

Be on the look-out for Satyrs

The building that inspired Nix’s tattoo shop, Mystic Ink.

Tattoo anyone?

In reality, if you visit Mystic, you’ll find out that there is no tattoo shop in this building.

Anyone recognize this owl? He’s not in MYSTIC INK but he was in a storefront window in a shop called Whyevernot.

I hope you enjoyed the tour and the pictures. And, if you are ever in the area, be sure to visit Mystic, CT!

What books have you enjoyed based on the location? And do enjoy books where the location is as much a part of the story as the characters?

19 thoughts on “Welcome to Mystic….

  1. CONGRATULATIONS on the release, Casey! I can’t wait to read the story!

    My husband and I visited Mystic on our honeymoon. We were only there one night, but I loved it! Then we went on to Salem, Boston, Cape Cod, and Maine. Interestingly, a year later, we ended up living in Boston when my husband went to graduate school at BU.

    While on the East coast, I fell in love with Salem, MA. If we’d stayed on the East Coast, I would’ve insisted on moving to Salem. I felt so at home there–could be all the Witches. 🙂

    One book that I adored that is set in Salem is THE LACE READER. I recommend it, and Brunonia Barry, the author, is quite a success story. She self-published THE LACE READER and was so good at marketing it, she developed a big following. It was then picked up by a big publishing house. What a dream come true!

    1. Thank you so much, Rose. I really appreciate your kind words. I looooove Salem. In fact, I plan on blogging about my experience there a child on the Scribes. I did read THE LACE READER. And I totally felt like I was actually there. Did you read THE PHYSICK BOOK OF DELIVERANCE DANE? That also takes place in Salem and it was a fun read.

      1. I actually did read DELIVERANCE DANE last year and enjoyed it as well. Salem…I hope to visit again someday. In fact, I might just try to convince my husband to live there in our retirement years. Only in the summer, though! 🙂 I will have to look for your blog on it!

        And I am reading MYSTIC INK today and LOVING IT!!! So much fun! Can’t wait to see what happens and write a review when I’m finished! I think you have a hit on your hands!

    1. Thanks for buying my book Marian. I can’t wait to read yours when it comes out! I do love Mystic too. I hope to make it back there again in 2012.

    1. There are so many awesome flavor choices, that I really have to think before I buy. Luckily, they give samples. After you get your ice cream, make sure you go sit on the side deck outside. There’s a great view of the Mystic River.

  2. What of my favorite day trips. We are members of the Seaport too. Love going down there for no other reason but to sail. 🙂

  3. Just bought your book, Casey. Can’t wait to read it. Never visited Mystic, CT, but would love to someday. 🙂

    1. Thank you for buying to he book, Joy! And I do hope you come out this way some day for one your adventures. How about CT Fiction Fest in May??

    1. And it’s a great excuse for a fun day trip. Hmmm, maybe I need to set a book in your neck of the country… for research purposes of course….

  4. Okay, now that is just too cool, posting photos from the story. Thanks for further grounding us in the setting! I write science fiction, and posting photos of my “world” could be difficult 😛 I hope Mystic Ink is selling well! I have mine!

    1. I’m glad you like the pictures! I wish I could share them all! Yup, hear you on the sci-fi! Thank you so much for buying a copy of the book. I hope you like it!

  5. I really liked Mystic. I went for the first time last summer with my mom for birthday. We had a great time.

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