Friday's Interesting People--Alex J. Cavanaugh

Today I want to welcome author Alex Cavanaugh to Journaling Woman for FIP. Let’s get started with the questions:

 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, Shy
Alex: 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

Buy CassaFire at Barnes and Noble  and at Amazon, Kindle Version at Amazon and
Nook version at B&N.

Buy CassaStar at Barnes and Noble and Amazon, Kindle Version at Amazon and the Nook version at B&N.

(If for some reason the links don’t work for you visit Alex J. Cavanaugh.)


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?


"Be true to yourself." Love it. Plain and simple. Just like Alex.
Wonderful interview. Thanks Teresa & Alex.
(Am I first to comment? Seems like I am...)
Teresa, thank you again so much!
shelly said…
What a fun interview!

Hugs and Chocolate,
Welcome again, Alex. The interview was fun to do. Thanks for doing it.
Rick Daley said…
Great interview, it's cool to see a side of Alex we don't see directly on his blog.
Anonymous said…
Enjoyed the interview, Teresa and Alex. :)
Liza said…
Fun and creative interview! Of course we all know Alex rocks, but it's fun to learn more! Thanks Teresa. Yay Alex!
Rick, maybe I need to work on that.

Thanks everyone!
Unknown said…
You did pick an interesting person this Friday. Very fun interview to read. I am wondering which officer on the starship enterprise Alex would be :)
Anonymous said…
Very nice! I enjoyed learning a bit about Alex's "personal" side. He is indeed an amazing writer!!
Unknown said…
Awesome interview! I do hope you publish another trilogy after the current one. And make me cry!
Summer Ross said…
wonderful interview. Thanks for sharing Alex.
Arlee Bird said…
Good stuff. I'm not a hard core Trekkie but I used to watch the first series most evenings when it was in syndication in the early 70s. Love SciFi!

Tossing It Out
Jemi Fraser said…
I love that you own a bat'leth, Alex - that is completely awesome!! My family thinks it weird I have an R2 USB drive...

Great questions, Teresa!! :)
Leovi said…
Being true to yourself is great advice. And so is to face life.
That was fun! Love learning more about one of our FAVORITE people!

Siv, Worf! Because he kicks butt.

Clarissa, I still feel bad for making people cry...

Jemi, now that is cool!!

Leovi, it is.

Thanks, everyone!
Nancy Thompson said…
Always love finding out more about Alex!
Carol Kilgore said…
"Thou shalt not suck?" - I swallowed my coffee just in the nick of time :)

Great interview on both sides!

Happy Weekend!
Cherie Reich said…
Fantastic interview! I love the "thou shalt not suck." :D
N. R. Williams said…
Hi Teresa, Hi Alex
Great interview, though when you got to the part about being beamed into a dark alley I immediately thought of Harry Potter. That's what happens when fantasy occupies your head. LOL
Andrew Leon said…
You should have chosen "force choke."
That's me being true to myself.
Unknown said…
You own a bat'leth?! That is so freakin' awesome. And here I thought you could not get any cooler, Alex.

Great spotlight, Teresa! Have a terrific weekend.
Alex IS one of the most interesting folks on the planet... all planets, for that matter.
Nice post, Teresa!
Lynn Proctor said…
yes--to be a great writer, i believe your advice, to be true to one's self can not be too strongly stated
M Pax said…
Does this mean Cassafire is going to make me cry? I haven't gotten that far yet.
Carol, almost got you!

Nancy, and my response is what happens when science fiction occupies my head.

Andrew, had to go with what's true for me - Star Trek over Star Wars.

Thanks, Melissa. Don't know how to use it. If someone ever broke into my house, I'm sure I'd figure it out though.

Mary, maybe a little...

Thanks so much, guys!
Andrew Leon said…
Which prompts me to ask:
Have you seen Fanboys?
Alex, we're going to cry that it's the last one right?
D.G. Hudson said…
I like the teaser about CassaStorm and Byron having a son! That got my interest.

I've read both the first and second books, and enjoyed them both. I'm sure bk 3 will live up to my expectations.

Be true to yourself is good advice for life, as well. Thanks, Teresa, for showing us a bit more about Alex!
Angela Brown said…
Teresa and Alex, I enjoyed this interview. It's always great to learn more about folks we admire.

I know, a bit fangirl about Alex, but he is the Captain and blogging guru :-)
Andrew, know the movie but I haven't seen it.

Maurice, that's it!

DG, his son is a major player in the third book.

Aw, thanks Angela!

Teresa, thank you again.
Ella said…
Great interview you two! Fun to read about our favorite Ninja ;D
Andrew Leon said…
You really need to see it! Shatner's even in it.
Hey, Everyone, this was fun. Thanks for coming by Journaling Woman.

Alex, you were great to do the interview. Thanks again.
Sherry Ellis said…
Great interview! If I was the cat with all of those dogs around, I would hide, too!
Botanist said…
"Thou shalt not suck" -- surely the goldenest of golden writing rules!

And if I was beamed down from the Starship Enterprise, I'd want to know if I was the token unnamed crewman scripted to die.
Anita said…
Love this! You are a gem!
cleemckenzie said…
You definitely grew out that shy guy! Really glad Theresa hosted you today and we could find out more about the author and power blogger!

Cate Masters said…
Great interview! Love your first bit of advice, Alex. And we know you have another series in you. :)
Andrew, I'll add it to the queue.

Teresa, thank YOU!

Botanist, good point! Always check for the red shirt.

Lee, still a little bit shy...

Cate, we'll find out.
Hi Teresa .. great 'Interesting Person' you have here .. did he come from outer space .. ah ah I see he has an abode in the Carolinas ...

Teresa .. is Alex able to play guitar in space? Or is that just an earthy passion?

Great fun interview .. thanks to both of you .. cheers Hilary
Melissa said…
Great interview. I'll be sure never to meet you in a dark alley, Alex. :D
Hilary, guitar riffs in space are awesome...

Melissa, like I'd know how to use that weapon!
Great interview Teresa and Alex! You never need to use a weapon when you're armed with a silver tongue! Julie
Unknown said…
Great questions and well done on your canny answers, Alex (even if you don't reveal what's for us after CassaStorm, or if we're going to cry when we read that book). If I was beamed down to a dark alley I'd...panic!!
I think that writing tip can be used in life for everyone except prostitutes, they should suck.
Thanks, Julie!

Susan, neither is guaranteed. But I really don't like to make people cry.

PTM - funny!
DMS said…
Great post! So much fun to learn more about Alex. I love his advice- so true. :)
Unknown said…
Awesome interview!
Mary Aalgaard said…
Great interview. I love the scifi battle questions.

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