Another book in the Cassa series is here, and Alex Cavanaugh is visiting today to tell you a bit about himself as well introduce his newest book.
Welcome, Alex, and congratulations on this newest addition to your series.
Lee: When were you hooked on writing?
Alex: I wrote some as a teen, but it wasn’t enough to hook me then. It took years later when in my early forties that I picked it back up and started enjoying it. The total hook was finding an old copy of CassaStar in a drawer. I knew I could rewrite it better and was off like a shot!
Lee: Has your writing changed since you began writing?
Alex: Certainly it’s improved. I’ve become more aware of writing active rather than passive and learned how to add description without padding. I’m a bare-bones writer, so adding details was always a challenge for me. I haven’t ventured from my genre much outside of non-fiction pieces and one contemporary short story for a magazine. Maybe I’ll finally attempt a fantasy.
Lee: What intrigues you about writing?
Alex: The ability to take the visions and scenes in my head and put them down on paper for others to see. It’s the sharing of ideas.
Lee: Why did you choose to write a Sci Fi series?
Alex: Science fiction was an easy decision, but I never intended the first book to become a series. But when readers enjoyed it and wanted more, it prodded me to outline and write another book. And then a third. I really thought that was it, especially after creating another science fiction universe in a separate book. But after being strapped for ideas for so long, this fourth book hit me. This time I follow a different character, so while it’s part of the Cassa universe, it stands on its own.
Lee: What has been the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your writing career?
I’m a homebody and an introvert, so putting myself out there was a challenge. First just starting my blog and getting on social media, then promoting my books. It wasn’t easy. But after several books, making many friends, and starting the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, I’ve gotten much better at marketing and reaching out to others for help. I think the secret is to be supportive of others first. When it’s genuine, you’ll find a ton of support.
It has been great to have you visit here today.
Alex J. Cavanaugh works in web design and graphics, and he plays guitar in a Christian band. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is known as Ninja Captain Alex and he’s the founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
By Alex J. Cavanaugh
“Cavanaugh returns to the world of his Cassa Series…for a fourth inventive space opera.” – Publisher’s Weekly
His world is unraveling…
Bassan’s father is stepping down from command. His best friend almost dies when Bassan freezes. Now, he’s being sent across the galaxy to speak at an important conference. Despite saving the eleven races years ago, he’s paralyzed by doubt. Could things get any worse?
Once there, new acquaintance Zendar convinces Bassan to visit his planet for a humanitarian mission. Bassan’s special connection to ancient technology is the key to saving Zendar’s people. One problem though—it’s a prisoner planet.
On Ugar, he discovers things aren’t so straightforward. As each truth reveals itself, the situation grows more desperate. If he can’t find the right answers, he might die along with Zendar’s people. Can Bassan summon the courage to be a hero again?
Print – 9781939844842 EBook – 9781939844859
EBook – 9781939844859
Science Fiction – Adventure/Space Opera/Space Exploration