Thursday, May 5, 2011

Winner, Interview, Giveaway 18

The winner of last week's


Sana Castellano!!!!

Congrats! email me at muchlanguage (at) gmail (dot) com with your address!

Today, Alex J. Cavanaugh, author of CassaStar, stops by to chitchat. You can win a copy of Cassastar by following the instructions at the end of the interview. And trust me, you want to win- CassaStar was great (and I don't even read sci-fi)!


Welcome to Talk Back Thursdays and thank you for agreeing to have a chat with us.
Tell us, where did the idea for CassaStar come from?

I grew up with Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica and really dug the idea of space battles. I wrote the first manuscript when I was a teen. When I pulled it out again a few years ago, I decided the story was lame but the characters were strong. I wrote a new story from scratch and the result was CassaStar.

As a sci-fi novel, where much of the world is your creation, what preparation and research did you do before putting the proverbial pen to paper?

My science fiction movie/TV habit and experience with fighter jets turned out to be a big plus. I also talked to fighter pilots and did some research online while writing.

There is no love interest in CassaStar- something I found strange, but is probably fairly common in sci-fi- but there is an incredible friendship between two males. What made you decide to forego romance in favor of bromance?

I think you just coined a new term! I guess I just wasn’t comfortable tackling romance yet. And the focus of the story was friendship, something that’s important to me. However, I have inserted a lead female character into the sequel…

Tell us a bit about your writing journey?

I wrote some when I was younger, but it was never a big dream of mine. When I found my old, partial manuscript, I challenged myself to write a full novel. I sent out many queries before landing a small press. I’ve been pleased with the response, especially from women readers. That really surprised me! Now that I’m working on the sequel, the pressure’s on to make it even better.

What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Never give up, never surrender! Oh wait, that’s from Galaxy Quest.
Consider all angles of your story.

Thank you for joining us today, Alex. We appreciate that you took time out of your busy schedule.

Thank you, Claire!


First giveaway of the month, so it's open to everyone, non-followers, followers and international.

To WIN, simply tell me what's your favourite sci-fi book (or movie or tv show)?


Marsha Sigman said...

Ok that is not an easy question!

I, Robot was my favorite movie.
and maybe Serenity.

Aleeza said...

without trying to sound like a copycat, DEFINITELY i, robot! i love that movie SO MUCH. just watched it for the fourth time a week ago. will smith is awesome. which is why i really like indepedence day too, and i am legend as well--which is more of a dystopia than SF, but whatevz.

also: across the universe was an awesome SF book i read a while ago. so completely engrossing!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks so much, Claire! I'll plug this big time on my blog tomorrow.

Raquel Byrnes said...

Nightfall by Isaac Asimov is my favorite classic SF book. The short story is also good. Serenity is by far my favorite television show...and, as always, Star Wars tops my movie list.

So excited for Alex...wonderful writer.
Edge of Your Seat Romance

Chris Phillips said...

I like that you gutted and recreated an old idea.

I like Red Lightning by John Varney.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Marsha, Serenity was awesome!

Raquel, thanks!

Chris, it wasn't easy, either.

S. said...

Yay =D I'll mail u.
Oh. My fav sci fi book is Ring world by Larry Niven.

Sophia said...

The Matrix, the original mindfuck. What if the matrix is real and the movie was created to make us believe that the matrix couldn't possibly exist because they told us about it, dun dun dun?
- Sophia.

Ella said...

Fun interview you two; I enjoyed it!

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Fantastic interview. I won't enter the contest so someone who hasn't read the book has a chance to win the prize.
Fav scifi book? CassaStar :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sphia, you have a point.

Thanks, Ella!

Lynda, thank you! That's sweet.