Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Alex Cavanaugh Answers My Question...


How's that for a title?

It's not often that one can ask the Alex J. Cavanaugh (it's strange to use his last name, because it isn't needed... everyone knows who Alex is), a personal question and get an answer. Alex is an enigma, so anytime we can get an inside peek through his ninja exterior, it's a momentous occasion.

Here was my question:


What was your lowest point in your writing journey and how did you overcome it?


Alex's answer:

This might surprise you, but after completing CassaFire, I went through a period where I had no ideas and no inclination to write. My publisher began requesting a third book, and I just had nothing in me. I wasn’t sure anything would come to me, but I decided not to stress over it. Little by little, ideas began to hit, spurred by some great science fiction movies and shows. (I believe John Carter was one of those.) I started working on an outline and soon was writing the final book. It also helped that during that time other areas of my life were prospering, which kept things in perspective.

Thanks, Alex, for sharing that with us. It's comforting to know that even ninjas have down moments. ;) 

Now it's time to celebrate CASSASTORM's release!!!!! 





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…

“CassaStorM is a touching and mesmerizing space opera full of action and emotion with strong characters and a cosmic mystery.” – Edi’s Book Lighhouse

“…mesmerizing story of survival, personal sacrifice, tolerance, and compassion. It’s a rare jewel that successfully utilizes both character and plot to tell a story of such immense scope and intimate passion…” - Nancy S. Thompson, author of The Mistaken

$16.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 268 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Science fiction/adventure and science fiction/space opera
Print ISBN 9781939844002 eBook ISBN 9781939844019
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

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A little more about our ninja captain (and where you can find him): 



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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Sooooo excited for you, Alex, and all of your success! You do so much for this community and it's a neat thing to watch and see so many people support you. :) Any other news? It feels like it's been a while since I've had an update from some of you--I'd love to know what's going on. 

Red. Head. Out. :D 

51 comments:

  1. Morgan, thank you! May I give everyone else hope.

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  2. Right then, let's practice this clone stuff. Gary is not here right now and so he can keep up with comments, comment on every blog conceivable in the blogsville world, satirise blogfests and blog hops and anything to do with the alphabet, I, his clone, will help him out!

    Where am I? Okay! Great post! Thanks for sharing! Following :) Goodbye...

    Hi Morgan and the ninja dude n'stuff. It was good that Alex didn't stress about getting a third book done. Just let it flow when it flowed. Did that sound right? Yes, no point putting undue pressure on oneself.

    Hooray for the release. The dude done good. Even finds time to have that,"IWSG", which means....

    Now, I shall share this on all those amazing social 'notworking' sites such as 'Farcebook'..

    Take care Morgan and well done, Alex.

    Gary's clone, oh no, my batteries need rechargiiinnngggg....

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  3. Good grief! See that! Just when I thought my comment was going to be first.

    Hello to you both again from Gary's clone....darned batteries.....

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  4. Wow, that's impressive. You must have pumped those words out once the idea hit.

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  5. I like the part where Alex said he didn't stress about the third book. That proves he's still a cool collected Ninja.

    I would have been stressed. Nice to see Alex making the rounds.

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  6. It's nice to know we all have our low points. And it's nice to know he overcame it! Sometimes we need to hear that.

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  7. So cool that John Carter gave you inspiration, Alex. Glad you kept writing. :)

    I'm revising. Again. I want to sing, "This is the book that's never ends...it just goes on and on my friend". ;)

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  8. Thanks Morgan for asking the tough question. ;)
    I guess Alex is human after all.

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  9. I love your method of "not worrying about it" - I think a mistake that many creative types make is beating themselves up & stressing when the inspiration isn't there. But it's probably just a sign of burn-out and that you NEED a break to let your imagination recover. :)

    Congrats again, Alex! I'll be posting my thingy for this later today :)

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  10. I find that when I stress about what I'll write next, I can never write! I guess the best thing is to focus on the positives! Congrats, Alex!!

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  11. That's a really great question. And I appreciate Alex's answer very much. Now if only I could learn not to worry about things.

    Congrats, Alex!

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  12. girl, alex is taking the blogs by "storm", like my pun? yes, no?

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    1. A bit of a whirlwind romance, eh tam-bare?

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    2. The romance reaches further than the galaxy...

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  13. Alex's answer about not stressing is SO sensible. Not easy to do, though! Congrats to Alex on the new book!

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  14. This has been an epic launch!
    I love your question and the sincere response. That's the thing about Alex - his humanity shines through!
    Writer In Transit

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  15. I'm sure he's not having a down moment right now.

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  16. Alex you certainly burtsed through that low point and came out of it better than ever.

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  17. Great posting! Thanks for sharing! Following! :)

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    1. Bah! Gary, you are TOO FUNNY! *shakes head* Those comments are the WORST. :)

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    2. Welcome to the world of drive-by bloggers! :)

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  18. No ideas? You? Sure no down moments are here anymore and yep, stress about it and nothing will come due.

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    1. Pat in the Hatt
      A rhyming cat
      Ideas are pussy galore
      At your shore
      How is your zoo
      How do you do

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  19. Great comment from Alex, that's both human and inspiring to the rest of us, love it:)

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  20. Such an inspiring response, thanks for asking that Morgan. Congrats Alex on a successful trilogy and living a happy life.

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  21. This further proves that Alex is indeed human! It does give the rest of us hope. Thanks, Morgan. And Alex, congratulations on your latest release!!

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  22. I like Alex's mindset for when he was stuck very much. Don't stress, ingest a lot of things that spur your creativity, and let the process come when it comes. Now I just have to put that into practice! :)

    Congrats on the hard-earned finale, Ninja Captain Alex!

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  23. It is nice to know everyone has down time, and that it will turn around when you find the inspiration.

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  24. What an excellent question! And how inspiring that others go through stuff like this and overcome it. And you're right. Alex needs no other identification.

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  25. Great question for the Ninja. And the answer definitely gave me hope. I love how watching movies gave you ideas. I need to go watch some movies...research of course!

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  26. Great question and terrific answer. Yay for Alex!

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  27. That's a really great question and such an interesting answer. Gave me hope for my own sequel! It's fun to hop around and read all these Q&As. Nice to meet you, Morgan!

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  28. I've decided ideas can't be forced. You do just have to wait for them to filter into your head. And it's easier to fill an empty mind ;)

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  29. Great question, Morgan, and great answer, too.
    Best of luck, Alex. :)

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  30. Great question and inspirational answer for the mighty captain! The stories will come when they're ready...I like that. Congrats, Alex!

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  31. Nice question and answer! Very thoughtful and inspirational. So glad to see the tour coming through.

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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  32. Hey, Morg,

    Good question...

    WE all have our down moments, but when we stop fighting them, the mind eases and the positive energy flows...

    Keeping up and positive is the way to go!!!!

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  33. Great question, and hooray for great answers too!! Sometimes we just need to take breaks, get inspiration from other awesome books or movies. That's frustrating when, like me, you just want inspiration to come already, you just want the story to flow like it's supposed to and for everything to just *work* lol. Yeah, if only, right? :-p

    And hooray for Alex's book!

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  34. That's a great, very serious question, and an equally-great answer. I agree, you can't really force an idea or a book. It needs to come naturally.

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  35. Hi Morgan!
    I loved your question! Alex brought it and I so appreciate his honest!
    Cheers to Alex
    :D

    I hope you are doing well!

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  36. Still don't know who this Alex is! :)

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  37. Great question, Morgan. Your curiosity paid off for all of us!

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  38. Hi Morgan .. it's 'good' to find that even Alex struggled to find incentive and inspiration before the third book came out ... but not worrying tends to sort the wheat from the chaff and those ideas flowed for him.

    Love Elise's guitar man ... cheers to you .. we all have our ups and downs at whichever stage of life we're at .. Hilary

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  39. Yeah. Alex mentioned on his blog that he wasn't sure he would write anymore. I'm glad his muse woke up. :D

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  40. He's baaaaaaaccccckkkkk!!!!

    And I'm still yahhhy-ing for Alex... I read half of CassaStorm in the plane and am loving it :)

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    1. There's Maaaazzzzaaa!!!

      Yay Alex! Did you fly Blog Air, Mark? The blogger's favourite airline. I'm sure, if you did, you'd be in the first class section along with all the other really important bloggers. I was in the cargo hold with a bunch of exotic animals and a couple of bloggers who do nothing but talk about cats!

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  41. I want to read this book so much! I can't wait to get a copy of it. (John Carter is good Science Fiction inspiration.)

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  42. I appreciate your candor, Alex. I'm so glad you were inspired to write more!

    Hi, Morgan! I hope all is well with you and yours!

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  43. I think all of us go through a period of lethargy after finishing projects. In fact, my post today is partially about me freaking out because I'm not feeling lethargic.

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  44. I've had that feeling. Seems when someone says, hey write a book...my mind goes blank. Got to be calm and let it just happen.

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  45. I know that empty feeling, but the ideas are there.

    It's great learning more about Alex.

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