Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Guest Post by Alex Cavanaugh: Switching the Main Character

Today I'd like to welcome Alex "the Ninja Captain" Cavanaugh to my blog to talk about his new release, CassaStar, and why he switched to a new main character. And now I'm getting ideas...but I digress. 

Please read on!

Switching to a New Main Character


The Cassa series follows Byron from hot-shot gifted pilot to retired war hero to commander of a base. He’s a character who has been with me since I was a young teen. So why would I switch from Byron to his son Bassan for the fourth book?


Each book has jumped ahead many years. By the time the third one begins, Byron is approximately sixty-two. While Cassans live to a hundred and twenty, Byron is at this point middle-aged. Another jump forward would’ve put him near senior citizen. I didn’t want to write Cassa: The Geriatric Years.


Enter Byron’s son, Bassan. He’s introduced in CassaStorm and the ten year-old rather stole the show. Jumping ahead a few years with Bassan made more sense. He’s a grown young man still finding his way in the world, which provided the perfect scenario for an interesting story line.


Bryon is still present, but he now takes a back seat as CassaDark follows Bassan across the galaxy. Normally I tell a tale through two points of view (and for CassaStorm, three) but this time I revealed everything through Bassan’s eyes only. That created a new challenge, but it also kept it simple in terms of voice and staying in character.


Will readers embrace this switch? I hope that those who grew attached with Bassan in the third book will continue to follow him into the fourth one. And for those picking up CassaDark on its own (since it follows a new character, it stands on its own better than any of the others) they will never know the difference!



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.



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?

Trade paperback, 226 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, LLC
Science fiction - Adventure (FIC028010) / Space Opera (FIC028030) / Space Exploration (FIC028130)
Print ISBN 9781939844842 $16.95 / eBook ISBN 9781939844859 $4.99

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

#IWSG No #Audiobooks Here, But One Day...


Hello! It's Insecure Writer's Support Group Day. We "meet" on the first Wednesday of every month to support and encourage each other and to touch base on what everyone has going on. If you'd like to join, GO HERE

Thanks to our host, Alex Cavanaugh for hosting every month, and to this month's co-hosting volunteers: Joylene Nowell Butler, Jemima Pett, Patricia Josephine, Louise - Fundy Blue, and Kim Lajevardi!

This month's optional question is: Have any of your books been made into audio books? If so, what is the main challenge in producing an audiobook?

I'd love to have my books on audio one day, but keeping up with this fast-paced industry is leaving me in the dust. Retirement is looming at the end of the tunnel (April 29th!) and I have a lot going on to prepare for it, including a temporary move. But once I'm settled into my "forever" home I will have a very busy "retirement" catching up on writing and publishing. 

Also, our ninja captain Alex Cavanaugh, is going to be a guest on my blog next Wednesday April 13th to talk about his new release. Please come back next week to find out why he switched to a new main character. 

Have you published an audiobook?
Do you recommend it?
Got any advice?
Biggest challenges? 
Best place to start?