He's also one of the amazing judges I have lined up for the Bold New Worlds Speculative Fiction High School Contest this fall.
Well, enough of my blabbing. Let's get to the good stuff.
When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote as a teen, but I forgot about it until I found a thirty year old manuscript in a drawer. I really liked the characters, so I decided to completely rewrite the story. Basically, my author journey started on a whim of ‘Why not?’
That might be the best reason ever to start writing! Do you write an outline before you write?
Yes! If I didn’t outline, my story would wander into the desert and never return. I often spend longer on an outline than I do the first draft.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Actually, no – I’m really happy with how CassaStorm turned out. Third time’s a charm!
I agree! Each book in the series got better and better. Great job! Name one person that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I can’t name just one person, but I can name one group – the blogging community. I wouldn’t still be on this journey if not for them.
I think we all feel the same about you. You've always returned that support and helped so many of us soldier on. How did you come up with the title?
My publisher and I brainstormed ideas for the second book, and CassaStorm was one of the titles we didn’t use.
What has been the best compliment?
A personal email exchange with a writer who’d read CassaStorm just blew me away. There were so many things said, but I’ll share this quote, because as a husband, this one meant a lot to me:
“You created a truer emotional flow between a husband and wife who love one another--you showed it with warmer word choices, touches, and adding the little things married people do when they love each other and reactions when they disagree.”Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and party on, dudes! (Sorry, channeling a little Bill and Ted there…)
Ah! Bill and Ted. I just realized my kids haven't seen their Excellent Adventures and I'll have to remedy that.
Alex, thank you so much for joining us today and giving us another glimpse into who you are.
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In addition to the links at the top, he's on Twitter!
Information about his latest novel:
By Alex J Cavanaugh
From the Amazon Best Selling Series!A storm gathers across the galaxy…
Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.
After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.
Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…
Science fiction/adventure and science fiction/space opera
Print ISBN 9781939844002 $16.95
EBook ISBN 9781939844019 $3.99
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