Please welcome Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh! It is an honor to have him over here. I interviewed Alex and we discuss a little bit everything.
How did you become the Ninja Captain?
I’m not sure who gave me the title of Ninja, but I believe it was Old Kitty who dubbed me the Captain.
Where do you buy your clones?
I purchased my clone machine from ClonesRUs.
What's your philosophy on writing?
Write the story you would most like to read.
Plotter or pantser?
Plotter! If I didn’t outline first, my stories would wander into the desert and never return…
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Movies, television shows, and music. Whatever sparks an idea.
How has writing a trilogy changed your life?
It’s led me to a whole world of friends I wouldn’t have otherwise – like you.
Where did Insecure Writer’s Support originate?
From a comment made by my critique partner, Rusty Webb. I told him he needed an insecure writer’s support group and a light bulb went off. What if there was such a group?
How has the online writing community helped you toward publication?
The list of how they haven’t helped would be much shorter! They showed me what to expect and how to handle the changes. And they’ve been so supportive. I wouldn’t have written another book after CassaStar if not for online support and encouragement.
What have you learned from the online writing community?
Never give up, never surrender! Oh wait, that’s Galaxy Quest. Perseverance is important though. You just can’t give up or lose faith.
What's your best writing advice you've received?
Make use of critique partners. Mine are amazing and have helped shape my writing. Plus they are hilarious!
Advice for unpublished authors.
Consider all possibilities – self-publishing, publishers, and agents. You never know which route will be the best for you.
Coffee or Tea? Neither – water or energy drink, please.
Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate! Can I have a cookie?
Favorite Film? The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Favorite Book? Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
Favorite Book Genre? Science fiction/fantasy.
Favorite Song? Natural Science by Rush.
Thank you, Alex!