Character Interview

Today we have the cast from Michael Phillip Cash’s latest book, The Hanging Tree A Novella- It came out this year just in time for Halloween.


Goody Bennett- My favorite holiday!!!! (said with cackling laugh)

Host– Thank you Goody. I can tell you’re in good spirits!

All the ghosts laugh.

Martin- Good spirits that’s funny.  Well, we are all good spirits rather than being in good spirits.

Arthur- Always the purists, Marty!

Martin- It’s Martin, I told you, Martin.

Host– Alright, alright, lets do this interview. We have Goody Bennett and her granddaughter Claire directly from the 15th century, Murielle our Gibson girl from the Victorian period, Martin and Arthur- the Gold Coast students from Harvard. Adding to the mix is high school sweethearts Arielle and Chad and her dad Pete.

Arielle- Well I’d hardly call us sweethearts. We have decided to cool things off.

Host– I can see your steaming there Dad.

Pete- You bet. These kids are too young to be thinking about that kind of stuff.

Arielle- Well if you paid more attention to me than your girlfriend Belinda, maybe I wouldn’t go looking for trouble!

Host– Simmer down. I see Goody that you have your cat here.

Goody Bennett- Aye, That I do. She’s my best friend, Remedy, my cat. Love her to death! Ha ha. Get it, love her to death!

Martin- Most people won’t know exactly what you mean, unless they read The Hanging Tree and see the connection of Remedy and everyone’s fate. She has a propensity to use each and every one of her ninelives.

Host– I see, well, ummm.  Goody, just where does this name Goody come from. Does it mean your a ‘good’ person?

Goody Bennett- O’couse I’m a good person. I take care of all the people in our community, but Goody comes from the custom of when a woman marries and becomes a housewife, people refer to her as  Goody as in Goodwife and then family surname. I married Horatio Bennett, so Goodwife or Goody Bennett I be. ( She is puffing on a corn cob pipe.)

Arthur- Goody please put out that horrid thing. I despise the smoke.( he is waving his hands around)

Goody Bennett- (laughing and choking) Hardly matters to you- you don’t have lungs anymore!

Claire- Oh you are impossible Grandmam. Arthur don’t get her started. She’s going to start with her spells.

Host– Spells? So are you really a witch, Goody Bennett.

Arthur- Oh she’s a witch alright.

Murielle- Watch out, or she’ll put a curse on you too. She can be very wicked when she wants.

Goody Bennett- Thanks a lot small fry. I do watch out for your tender sensibilities, don’t I now? When young Chad over there couldn’t keep his darn hands off Arielle… oh don’t get all steamed up, Dad, she was looking for it sure enough… didn’t I shield your young eyes from all the nasty things.

Host– Goody, I want to get back to the spells.  Are you really a witch?

Goody Bennett- That depends on who is defining the word. I am a cunning woman. I make medicine and help people who are sick. I have a good rapport with my animals; if that makes me a witch, well, then who am I to argue?

A huge voice interrupts the interview, but the speaker is unseen– “Ahem, the Right Honorable Reverend George Harmond here.

Claire- Oh here we go again…

Reverend Harmond– I beg to differ. She was a witch then and she’s a witch now.

Host– Is this book about witches and curses, then?

Murielle- No, not at all. This book is about choices.

Host– Choices?

Claire- Yes, Cash does a great job about making us all consider that we are not so much victims of designers of our fate.

Martin- I agree. People make life happen, rather than life happening to people.

Host– Is that what you took away from this experience, Arielle?

Arielle- I’m not going to give away what I got out of it- you’ll have to read it and find out if I make the right decisions.

You can read what happens to all the characters in Michael Phillip Cash’s novella The Hanging Tree, available on Amazon and other on line vendors.

You can also visit Michael Phillip Cash’s facebook page,

 or his blog at

The Hanging Tree


Michael Phillip Cash


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Seventeen year old Arielle is at a crossroads in her life. Disenchanted with her father, she is testing the boundaries of his trust by dating someone he does not approve. Under the moonlit sky in Long Island, Arielle and her boyfriend meet beneath the infamous hanging tree. The couple’s destiny is rooted to the five spirits in the tree whose lives and deaths are determined by an ancient curse. Will her future be determined by the past or will Arielle’s choices alter the course of her life?


YA Paranormal thriller-suspense


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Book Trailer:


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Author bio:

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Michael Phillip Cash’s first book Brood X- A Firsthand Account of the Great Cicada Invasion is presently under consideration for a film adaptation. His well-received second novel, Stillwell- A Haunting on Long Island, has stayed on the top of Amazon’s “100 Best Seller” in its genre since its release earlier this year. He is currently working on another ghost story. He lives on Long Island with his wife and children.


Contact Michael at



Michael is giving away 5 signed copies of The Hanging Tree. 



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