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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  1. Yes, Bassan did steal the show a bit in CassaDark. Congrats on your new release!

    1. I think it was a brilliant idea to highlight Bassan in CassaDark.

  2. Sounds like a good story line. I hope it does well.

  3. I did something similar with my series. At the end of the second book, the main characters discover they are going to have little bundles of joy. In the third book I'm working on now, time has jumped ahead 20 years and the children are now young adults with major parts to play in the adventure. It just felt like the right direction to go with the story.

    1. And sometimes continuing with the kids is the right thing to do. Good to know I'm not the only one who jumps ahead so many years.

  4. Thanks for hosting Alex and his book.


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  6. It's always challenging picking up a new character POV in a series, but I have no doubt it will be amazing! :)


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