Monday, June 23, 2014

Interview with Alex Cavanaugh

I'm excited to have an interview today with the Ninja Captain himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh. We may not know what he looks like, but I believe all of us have come to know what a wonderful man he is. Alex is not only a successful author, but he's one of the pillars of the online writing community. He's well know for his support of the rest of us sharing this journey. The Insecure Writer's Support Group is his brainchild, and oh how it's grown!

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.

Does anyone else have any questions for Alex? Or...if you've read any of his Cassa series, what were the things you liked best about his books?

You can read my reviews:
CassaStar--I just realized I didn't review this and it's been a long time since I read it. Sorry Alex! I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads but didn't say anything. Check out the other two books for my thoughts.
CassaFire
CassaStorm










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. He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm. The author lives in the Carolinas with his wife.

In addition to the links at the top, he's on Twitter!


Information about his latest novel:

CassaStorm
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

Find CassaStorm:

Barnes and Noble
Amazon 
Amazon Kindle
Goodreads 

82 comments:

  1. That's such a sweet compliment. And after reading your book, I'd have to agree that it's true. I started writing on a whim too.

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  2. Alex is just awesome. Full stop. It doesn't surprise me that he received a compliment like that. The few times he mentions his wife, I can feel the love traveling over the Internet...so I get why he would write like that too.

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    1. So true! I love how he talks about his wife.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this great interview with us! It's fun to get to know Alex a little more and to meet you and your blog :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting Beate. Nice to meet you and thanks for showing your support for Alex.

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  4. Thank you for the kind words and the opportunity, Charity!

    Thank you, ladies!

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    1. Alex, you are welcome on here any time!

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  5. I really enjoyed all of Alex's books and you're so right about the relationship - he totally nailed it! :)

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  6. What a great interview! I didn't know that nobody has any idea what he looks like. A man of mystery! That could be a good trick over time...stay invisible but keep putting out books and leave readers wondering who the man is behind the stories!

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    1. I'm sure someone knows what he looks like. LOL, I just haven't seen any photos of him online. Sometimes I wish I'd called that route.

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  7. What a wonderful comment from a reader. Truly, those are the BEST. Way to go, Alex. Can't wait for this new book.

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  8. Charity, wonderful interview.

    Alex, you are a man of many talents and a true friend to the blogging community. Wishing you much success.

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  9. A beautiful interview, Alex thank you very much for putting blogs like because of your dedication!

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  10. Thanks, Jemi!

    Stephanie, Ninjas should never be seen...

    Thanks, everyone!

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  11. Great interview! It's nice getting to know Alex a little better. I like that question, "Why not?". I think it fits a lot of situations, and for us writers, it can be just the motivation we need. Thank you, Charity and Alex!

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    1. I loved that too, "Why not?"

      Let's all be awesome today. Why not?

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  12. Great compliment, from all I have picked up over the years, you have a happy marriage. You also have a wonderful relationship with the blogging world. Everybody respects and admires you, even if you do use clones and associate with dragons.

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    1. I admire him because he uses clones and associates with dragons. LOL. That's sort of a joke.

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  13. That personal message made me smile. It's all those warm human nuances that make the trilogy so exceptional. It's all Alex's personal touches that make the Ninja Captain our superstar.

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  14. Wonderful interview!
    It's always good to learn more about our ninja Captain.
    One thing I've noticed in his interviews is that he's always simple and to the point. Really down-to-earth.

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  15. Great interview Charity. We may not know what Alex looks like, but I know more of his personality from these answers than I did before I came here.

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  16. Awesome interview, Charity. That was a wonderful compliment and so true, Alex.

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  17. Jo, thank you!

    Michelle, no need to make it complicated, right?

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  18. There's just no one like Alex. I love reading the interviews to glean even one more little bit of info...he's such a secretive Ninja ;-) This was great! Bill and Ted...giggle.
    That was a great compliment, and I think it's a testament to your own marriage.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    On the Open Road! @ Join us for the 4th Annual Post-Challenge Road Trip!

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  19. Great interview, Charity. I have to agree with the reviewer, except I would extend it a bit and say that Alex does a great job portraying both close friendships and a close marriage relationship.

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  20. That is a wonderful compliment. No wonder it meant so much to you, Alex. Great interview, Charity!

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  21. That's an amazing compliment to receive as a writer and a husband, go Alex! :D

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  22. I still think it's amazing that your writing career began with a 30 year old manuscript!

    The husband-wife compliment was really nice. I'd have to agree!

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  23. Thank you, Tina!

    Tyrean, I try.

    Thanks, ladies!

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  24. Great Interview Charity. I jumped past Alex's first book and started with CassaFire, then CassStorm. I thoroughly enjoyed them. I really need to read the first one...

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  25. Terrific interview!

    That was a terrific compliment, too. Lots of people say good things about Alex's writing, but that compliment cuts through to the man behind the writing. Only a person who understands what it takes to make a loving relationship can portray it so effectively.

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  26. Cathrina, hope my raw beginnings doesn't disappoint.

    Susan, thanks!

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  27. Alex, you do such interesting interviews. I would save that fan letter forever. It's very cool that the reader took the time to write something so heartfelt.

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  28. Great interview. I want to watch some Bill and Ted now. Haven't seen it in ages.

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  29. Awesome interview. I agree that the third book is the best, and I'm glad you wouldn't change a thing about it!

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  30. My question is the same old same old. How do you do what you do and get it all done! Like-minded minds need to know!

    Great interview, Charity. Love your questions. They help us see Alex even clearer.

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  31. I just came over from Alex's site to read the interview. I enjoyed this very much. I have read his first book and intend to read the other two when I have a bit of time.

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  32. I think we all know what Alex's heart looks like: HUGE! :-) That was a great compliment you receeived, Alex. Writing began for me as a child, too: to spin tales like the ones that kept me company in the dark.

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  33. Susan, you should've seen the whole thing!

    Christine, appreciate that!

    Joylene, I've had lots of Ninja practice...

    Truedessa, thank you.

    Thanks, Roland!

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  34. Alex's warmth shines through in everything he does. He clearly adores his wife, and that feeling flows through his writing. What a fantastic compliment, Alex! Great interview Charity!

    Julie

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  35. Great interview. Charity, I'm so glad you brought Alex here to reveal a little bit about himself. Alex, thanks so much for starting and your continued work with ISWG. I love the camaraderie of that fine group.

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  36. Hi, Charity. Nice blog. Thanks for sharing this great interview you did with Alex. He is one awesome dude!

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  37. ALEX!
    I think you need to start recording some music for us all to hear! See you at the Circle K!

    Very enjoyable interview!

    Heather

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  38. Great interview with an awesome author and wonderful supporter of us all in the blogging community. Many thanks.

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  39. Great interview and your high school contest sounds cool--like it might inspire some budding writers. Alex is a great influence in the blog-o-sphere!

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  40. That was such a sweet compliment Alex. Its so nice when readers appreciate our characters and writing. And I am sure you will make a wonderful judge.

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  41. That is a wonderful compliment. Finding an old manuscript in a drawer that launches a journey--sounds like a specfic story. : )

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  42. No need to apologize for chanelling the excellent Bill & Ted. ;)

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  43. Great interview! I would say the character growth is the best thing about Alex's books.

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  44. I find it amusing as well as amazing how Alex can be so popular, yet, we don't have a face to his uh face! haha... Great, snappy interview! Always fun to get to know the Alex better!

    ♥.•*¨Elizabeth¨*•.♥

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  45. Julie, thank you!

    Diane, we like to hear that!

    Jeff, it does, doesn't it?

    Nicki, knew you'd appreciate it.

    Nick, thanks.

    Elizabeth, I have a great side view though...

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  46. Alex, that is a great comment. It's funny how some make progress with outlines, and others don't.

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  47. I've just finished the series, and it was fab. I agree that the books got better and better. But I was intrigued by all of them in their own way.

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  48. This interview is wonderful. Alex is a great inspiration to me. Thank you, Charity!
    jean :)

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  49. Trisha, glad you enjoyed them!

    Thanks, everyone.

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  50. Great interview. Isn't strange how one "Why not?" moment can have such a huge impact on your life and the lives of others! We are all thankful you decided to go for it!

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  51. Great interview! Whoever thought you could learn how to be a better spouse by reading sci-fi!?! It's always nice to learn more about the Ninja Captain.

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  52. Character interactions often make or break a book for me. Kudos, Alex.

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  53. I'd be nowhere without this great community either. You're all awesome.

    Alex is great at the emotion thing. Great work to study and enjoy.

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  54. 2nd time a charm?

    The blogging community is awesome. I'd be nowhere without you all.

    Alex is the master of emotion. Great work to study and enjoy.

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  55. The blogging community would be lost without you too!

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  56. Great interview! Now I need to time travel in a phone booth, in a world where George Carlin is still with us.

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  57. Thank you for sharing this great interview, Charity and Alex!

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  58. Great interview! I've read and enjoyed all of Alex's Cassa books:)

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  59. Kathy, my life has never been the same...

    Jenn, that's right - who knew?

    Thanks, Mary.

    Elizabeth, appreciate that.

    Mark, and I appreciate that!

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  60. Cheers to Captain Why not!!! Great interview, you two!! Alex is the best Ninja I know~

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  61. Seriously, I see Alex around the interwebs all the time in comments and when people put up their IWGS (or whatever, it's early ;) and actually thought he was a girl! My apologies, Alex. But the whole hidden thing? Mucho impressive. Totally increases the mystery aspect.

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  62. I enjoyed reading the interview. Fan letters are awesome -- or so I've heard. lol Yay for Bill and Ted, and "party on, dudes!"

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  63. Katie, definitely not a girl! That would be a shock to my wife.

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  64. Awesome interview Charity and Alex! And I agree wholeheartedly—Alex is definitely the backbone of this online writing community! So fun to get to know him a little bit better! And what a sweet compliment he received! :)

    Okay, I had to laugh at Katie's comment above about Alex being a girl. Too funny! :)

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  65. Charity! it's been too long - hope things are well with you!
    Alex - lovely interview - esp liked the sweet review you shared, awwww!

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  66. That's right Kristin - laugh at my expense! I am here to amuse...

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  67. Great interview, Charity!
    That's a really lovely compliment, Alex.
    Love the blogging community!

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  68. hello Charity, Alex indeed is a pillar. I enjoyed the interview and watched the trailer too. It is nice to learn the process of book writing.

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  69. I have not read Alex's series yet but I passed it along to my tween (not teen) nephew. He loves it!

    I love that compliment about the married couples. :) Very touching and real.

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  70. Hi Charity! I'm visiting from Alex's post. You did a great job of interviewing him ~ I enjoyed it very much! I agree with with you ~ He's wonderful. He's been very supportive of me, and I appreciate it so much! As a new member of the IWSG, I've been trying to follow new members each month, so I'm going to follow you now. Have a good week!

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  71. Great interview. You asked just the right questions to give, those of us who alread love him, some fresh insight into this great man. I've just finished the first in the series and will take short break before moving on the next, but I've already purchased both sequels. Thanks for sharing.

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  72. Those messages sure are a great boost. And it's interesting to see how writers start out.

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