An Interview with Alex J. Cavanaugh, Science Fiction Author and Ninja Captain
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Connect with other writers. This is a lonely business, and we need the support of like-minded individuals who can encourage, support, and guide the way.
From start to finish, how long does it take for you to complete a novel? Or What's your writing process like? Slow or fast? Are you a cheetah in the drafting process and a turtle in revision or vice versa?
Depends on the novel. This one took two years as I was a bit rusty from a very long break. I’d say between six and ten months for drafting and revisions is average. And I am no cheetah when it comes to the first draft. Takes me forever. Revisions go much faster and smoother.
How did you come up with the idea for the unique world you’ve created? (Or, who/what inspires your writing?)
The whole universe was inspired by the likes of Battlestar Galactica and other movies and shows from the late seventies. The world within CassaDark—I guess I just have a thing for desert planets. Or just characters living in desert areas. There were also a couple movies that inspired the idea behind a garbage planet that serves as a prisoner hold as well. The setting just leant itself to a place where survival would be challenging and escape a distant pipedream.
If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?
The honest answer? If everyone knew the love of God, this would be a much better place.
If you could choose who would direct the movie of your book, who would you choose and why?
James Cameron! I want a blockbuster, a great, big movie with outstanding special effects. Who else would I choose?
If you could choose who would act as the main character in your book in a movie production, who would you choose and why?
Tom Holland. He’s the right age and would bring just the right level of awkward dorkiness to the role.
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.
CassaDark By Alex J. Cavanaugh
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 fear and 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 secret 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?
Release date – April 6, 2022
$16.95, 6x9 trade paperback, 226 pages
Science fiction - Adventure (FIC028010) / Space Opera (FIC028030) / Space Exploration (FIC028130)
Print ISBN 9781939844842 / EBook ISBN 9781939844859
$4.99 EBook available in all formats
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Thanks for doing the interview, Tyrean!
Hi Tyrean and Alex - I have to say I hadn't taken on board 'the garbage planet' aspect (bad me!!) - now I'm intrigued even more. Fun interview Tyrean - thanks ... and Alex all the best with the release ... cheers Hilary
Fantastic interview! A movie directed by James Cameron starring Tom Holland, I'm there. :)
Thank you, Alex!
Hilary - it's a great setting and definitely moves the plot forward.
Christine - I would watch that movie!
I like those space operas that have influences from those of TV and movies of the late '70s! That was probably one of the best eras for space opera in my opinion.
He does use the desert setting a lot. And it works.
Space opera is just what we need to escape from the world's 24-hour media's bad news reports. In a book but wow in a movie with all the excitement of a spaceship pulling into port against a dark, sky decorated by dazzling stars. Heck, I could direct it!!
Wishing you all the best with this new release!
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