I’m a big supporter of fellow writers and authors, though I confess sometimes I’m at loss for whatelse to do.
Inspired by Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh and what he says about his blog being for others and not himself, I decided to come up with a new feature on my own blog. Every Saturday, I’m going to have a quick interview with a fellow author. You probably know most of them, but I’m hoping my interview will be quite different and give us a great insight of who lies behind the writer.
And, to start it all, why not interview the Ninja Captain himself?
Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Alex J. Cavanaugh!
Nicknames: Thanks to my blogger buddies, I am Ninja Captain Alex! (Also the Blogfather and Santa Claus. Don’t ask.)
Where do you live: Central Carolinas
Your favorite dessert: Chocolate chip cookies for desert, but Hot Tamales for a snack.
Your favorite TV series: Currently Elementary
Last book you read: The Legend of Victor Standish by Roland Yeomans
Last movie you watched: Argo
Last song (or album) you bought: Threshold – March of Progress
A book/series you could read over and over again: I don’t usually re-read books, but we’ll go with the Shannara series by Terry Brooks. And the Bible of course.
Coke or Pepsi? Coke!
Day or night? Evening?
Pen or pencil? Pen
Summer or winter? Winter! Hot, humid weather drives me crazy.
Cat or dog? Dog
Tea or coffee? Neither
Plotter or pantser? Plotter all the way!
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
AJC: When did I become serious? Maybe five years ago? Odd how I never intended to be an author, isn’t it?
What are you working on now?
AJC: My third book, CassaStorm, is with my critique partners, so I’ll be editing again very soon.
If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be? Why?
AJC: Metal God!!! What guy wouldn’t want to be a rock star? And I can play guitar and sing. Sort of…
What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life?
AJC: Proposed to my wife.
Who is the one person that has singlehandedly inspired you the most in your life?
AJC: I have to pick two – my wife and Jesus.
What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had?
AJC: A sense of direction! I get lost easy…
What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself?
AJC: Just the fact that I’m still in really good shape for my age!
Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?
AJC: Read, write, and don’t give up.
Bio: 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 the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar and CassaFire, he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.
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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
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…
“This sequel to Cavanaugh’s first novel, CassaStar, delivers on the promise of its predecessor, combining military action sequences and political intrigue with strong, memorable characters. Reminiscent of the action-driven stories of Robert A. Heinlein’s early fiction…” – Library Journal
There you have it! A bit more about our Ninja Captain. Hope you enjoyed it!