JW: Hey Alex, Do you have one tip or rule on writing that you live by?
Alex: Thou shalt not suck? Seriously, my best tip – be true to yourself.
JW: What is something about your main character, in the Cassa series, that is most like you?
Alex: We are both perfectionists and very focused.
JW: What is your daily writing schedule like?
Alex: When I’m working on a manuscript, I write for two to three hours in the evenings and more on the weekends.
JW: We hear (ok you told your readers) that you are working on CassaStorm, the final book in the series. Do you have a tentative release date in mind? Can you tell us in a sentence what this book will be about?
Alex: No idea on the release date – that’s up to my publisher! And one sentence? Bummer, I haven’t worked on my tagline yet. I’ll give you the best I can:Byron struggles to maintain peace with the local officials, intergalactic war, and his own son as a new threat enters their world and overturns everything they’ve ever known…
JW: Will the last book make us cry?Alex: I don’t want to make anyone cry, but there is the possibility…
JW: Come on, Alex, tell your loyal fans, do you have another series in mind, for the future?Alex: Once I finish this trilogy, I’ll let you know!
JW: Let’s talk childhood. As a child, did you have a dog, a cat or an imaginary friend?Alex: We had several labs. I think we had a cat. He hid most of the time.
JW: Were you: Loner, Leader, Bossy, Follower, ShyAlex: Mostly shy and a little bit of a loner.
JW: What did you believe, as a child, that you found out later was not correct?Alex: Honestly? That if I was just a good person, it was enough. (I later learned God wanted more!)
JW: To appease my random nature, let me throw this scenario at you. Imagine this you are in the Starship Enterprise and have been mistakenly beamed to a dark alley (instead of a vacation spot) where danger and death are imminent. Upon arrival, you see a woman being attacked by a space thug. The thug turns on you, too. As an officer of the Starship you must do something. You have the choice of using a federation issued phaser, a Klingon bat'leth OR using your words. What would you do?
Alex: I’d use the phaser on him. If that didn’t stop him, I’d pull out the bat’leth. (And I do own one!)
JW: Another random question. What band or rock star would you like to play guitars with and why?
Alex: John Petrucci of Dream Theater! The man is just amazing. I’d like to just watch him play for a day so I can absorb a portion his talent.Thanks, Teresa!
JW: Thank you, Alex, for your visit.
Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author of Amazon Best Sellers, CassaStar and CassaFire, he lives in the Carolinas with his wife. Alex’s writes on his blog at Alex J. Cavanaugh. He also on Twitter @AlexJCavanaugh
CassaStar was only the beginning…
The Vindicarn War is a distant memory and Byron’s days of piloting Cosbolt fighters are over. He has kept the promise he made to his fallen mentor and friend - to probe space on an exploration vessel. Shuttle work is dull, but it’s a free and solitary existence. The senior officer is content with his life aboard the Rennather.
The detection of alien ruins sends the exploration ship to the distant planet of Tgren. If their scientists can decipher the language, they can unlock the secrets of this device. Is it a key to the Tgren's civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as their new allies are suspicious of the Cassan's technology and strange mental abilities.
To complicate matters, the Tgrens are showing signs of mental powers themselves, the strongest of which belongs to a pilot named Athee, a woman whose skills rival Byron’s unique abilities. Forced to train her mind and further develop her flying aptitude, he finds his patience strained. Add a reluctant friendship with a young scientist, and he feels invaded on every level. All Byron wanted was his privacy…
CassaFire is the sequel to Cavanaugh’s first book, CassaStar, an Amazon Top Ten Best Seller: “…calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.” - Library Journal
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Questions for you: Are you a Star Trek fan? Do you read or watch Sci Fi? Do you own a bat’leth? If not why not?