My first novel The Magic Wakes (WiDo Publishing, 2013) is now available.
"It's easy to believe in magic when you're young. Anything you couldn't explain was magic then. It didn't matter if it was science or a fairy tale. Electricity and elves were both infinitely mysterious and equally possible - elves probably more so." ~Charles de Lint
Alex's book is now out! Yes, today is the day. I'm honored to get to be a part of his dream come true and share with you his debut novel. I'm doubly happy because he is from my neck of the woods! We should get together sometime so some of your success can rub off on me and our spouses can complain about our mental absences. LOL.
To pilot the fleet’s finest ship…
Few options remain for Byron. A talented but stubborn young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude, his cockpit skills are his only hope. Slated to train as a Cosbolt fighter pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new life as he sets off for the moon base of Guaard.
Much to Byron’s chagrin, the toughest instructor in the fleet takes notice of the young pilot. Haunted by a past tragedy, Bassa eventually sees through Byron's tough exterior and insolence. When a secret talent is revealed during training, Bassa feels compelled to help Byron achieve his full potential.
As war brews on the edge of space, time is running short. Byron requires a navigator of exceptional quality to survive, and Bassa must make a decision that could well decide the fate of both men. Will their skills be enough as they embark on a mission that may stretch their abilities to the limit?
“…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
Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He’s 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. Currently he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.
Knowing I can share my ideas and adventures with others.
What’s you least favorite part?
The same thing – what if everything thinks my ideas suck? Oh, and the publicity stuff. I’m a private person and it really unnerves me. What if I have to go into hiding?
Are you a pantser or plotter, or a mix?
I plan my route. Otherwise I’d get lost!
Best thinking activity? (e.g. washing dishes, folding clothes, driving)
Playing my guitar. I have to concentrate on what I’m doing, but it relaxes me and gives my mind room to wander. Sometimes it doesn’t come back…
How do you go about choosing names, locations etc?
I just sit and brainstorm unique, alien names, writing down everything that comes to mind. I try to keep them simple and easy to pronounce. The original draft of this story (many years old) contained the main character’s names and I have no idea their origins now!
How long did you work on CassaStar?
This book is thirty years in the making! Found the original draft a few years ago and started a new one – took me about eighteen months from that point. I don't recommend taking thirty years though!