Friday, September 9, 2011

Author Spotlight: Alex J. Cavanaugh Tackles the Pluto Question

Hey! Hope you all are having a snarfingly good first week of September. Please welcome today's author, Alex!

Alex J. Cavanaugh is a fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games, and he covers those topics on his blog. His first book, CassaStar, was released last fall and is available in trade paperback and all eBook formats. The sequel, CassaFire, comes out next February.

Life and Writing: How do you manage to do so much in 24 hours?

Years of honing my Ninja skills! That, and I get to blog from work, which really helps.

Writing Miscellany: Is there a different genre you might like to try and write someday?

I enjoy reading fantasy and might eventually tackle that genre. A really original idea needs to hit first.

Random or Weird Question: What is your opinion on Pluto no longer being a planet?

I’m appalled! Terrible news. How is Mickey Mouse going to break the news to his dog?

(Okay. So if Pluto's not a planet, it still doesn't answer the other mystery question that has addled my brain since kidlethood. What the heck is Goofy?)



CassaFire, coming February 2012

Come visit Alex at his blog and on Twitter!

Got any questions for Alex? Shoot. :)

61 comments:

Miranda Hardy said...

I'm seriously confused about Goofy. Lol

Angela Felsted said...

Yeah, I'm not really sure what goofy is either. Maybe his name is meant to reflect his identity crisis.

E. Arroyo said...

LOL. What is goofy? He kinda looks like a cow. Just finished CassaStar can't wait for CassaFire. Amazing.

Sarah Pearson said...

Goofy is a Man-Dawg :-)

salarsenッ said...

I love the Pluto question!! Alex is great. Thanks for hosting him. Enjoy your weekend!

Isis Rushdan said...

I thought Goofy was a dog. Now, I'm totally confused.

Alex, how many hours per week do you spend (guesstimate) blogging and hitting other blogs?

Wonderful interview.

Charles Gramlich said...

Pluto got a raw deal. I've filed a class action law suit on its behalf, and am including Charon and other similar planetoids. Luna wanted in too, and I signed her up. If we went there'll be a lot MORE planets in our solar system and I think that's a good thing.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks again, Lydia!

E. Arroyo, thank you!!

Isis, would it scare you if I said three to five hours a day?

Anne Gallagher said...

Great cover for CassaFire! Don't think I've seen it before.

Thanks Lydia for hosting Alex today.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lydia and Alex .. great being here .. poor old Pluto - no-one's thought to ask the star what it feels!!

900+ followers here I see too ... good for you .. Lydia you certainly seem one busy lady .. cheers good to meet you - Hilary

Liza said...

Fun as always, Alex! Thanks for the interview Lydia!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Thanks Lydia and Alex, wonderful interview. Look forward to the next book.

Yvonne.

Emily Rose said...

Haha, great interview. I was chronically depressed when they said Pluto was no longer a planet. It's an outrage:P

Emily Rose said...

Oh, and I think Goofy's a dog, though he's kinda an odd one.

Matthew MacNish said...

Alex is the best! But I really have no idea how he visits 4 times as many blogs as me. I can do it from work too, but that man is like Flash Gordon.

Bathwater said...

If I couldn't read and blog from work I don't know what I'd do. I am glad you keep showing us new authors!

Clarissa Draper said...

Goofy was from Pluto until it no longer became a planet and then it just came from nowhere.

Great interview.

Old Kitty said...

Goofy's a horse!!! Yes he is!!!

Awww lovely to see Cap'n Ninja here - thank you Lydia!! Take care
x

Stephen Tremp said...

Amazing how the Pluto question won't go away ... I tried to outline a fantasy book but it's just not working out. So good luck to you with that!

Connie Keller said...

I always wondered about Goofy too.

Tara Tyler said...

short and sweet. you answered my curiosity with the first question. i always wondered how you seem to be the first commenter everywhere i turn!

Chris Phillips said...

As long as Mickey doesn't change his name to Uranus I think Pluto will be fine.

Amy said...

Poor Pluto, both the non planet and the dog....I've been wondering the same thing about Goofy. My daughter watched Mickey Mouse Clubhouse everyday, and it always makes me curious to what he could be. :)

Carol Kilgore said...

I always wondered about Goofy, too!
Happy Weekend to both of you :)

lbdiamond said...

I feel bad for Pluto, really. Always an outcast. Ah, well.

Congrats to your success Alex!!!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Anne!

Thank you, Yvonne.

Matthew - Ninja Captain Flash Gordon Alex!

Kitty, always good for a laugh!

Tara, I just try to visit all of my blogger buddies.

Thanks LB - and everyone!

LD Masterson said...

Why does Goofy wear clothes and Pluto doesn't? And where the heck are Donald Duck's pants?

Mysteries of the universe.

Nisa said...

Ahahaha! The mystery lives on. I am completely distraught about Pluto. I'm not sure I can put myself together.

Fun questions, Lydia! Great answers, Alex!

Heather said...

Alex sounds like a lot of fun, I'll have to check out his books!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

LD, Howard the Duck stole Donald's pants!

Heather, thanks - I'm fun, just not goofy.

Jennifer Shirk said...

FUN spotlight!!

Songsnwords said...

This is nice...well at least now that he is retired, Pluto can go back to following Mickey around .

M Pax said...

I draw pictures up at the observatory as to why Pluto isn't a major planet. It's still a minor planet. There's a couple hundred thousand of those in our solar system. :)

Goofy is kind of confusing.

Carrie Butler said...

Hah! I'm wearing a shirt that says, "Revolve in peace, Pluto." :D Great interview!

Arlee Bird said...

I'm still in denial about Pluto--the planet that is. Yes, it is still a planet in my book.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Carrie, that's funny!

Kelly said...

Fun interview!
We have a dog named Goofy!

cherie said...

Haha! And why is Goofy always being paired with Clarabelle Cow?!?

It boggles the mind.

Fun interview! Alex is a super ninja. ;)

julie fedderson said...

I believe River Phoenix said it best in Stand By Me: "He can't be a dog, he wears a hat and drives a car. . . " Great interview, Lydia and Alex.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

The tenth planet should be named Goofy.

I enjoyed this interview.
xoRobyn

Jemi Fraser said...

THe whole Pluto situation makes me sad - poor little guy!

Jennie Bailey said...

I was going to quote Stand By Me, but Julie beat me to it! I love the Pluto question - ingenious! I wish I could think of fun questions like that for interviews. That was brilliant. And I love the CassaFire cover!! Every time I see it, I can't wait until it comes out!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I'm refusing to buy Pluto is not a planet. It is in all my novels. So there, Scientific Community!

This midnight, the ghost of Ernest Hemingway steals my post for the insecure writer support group and inserts his own. He isn't exactly a hand-holding kind of guy! But he does have a point or two, Roland

ali cross said...

Ahh! I missed the reveal for the cover of CASSAFIRE! It's beautiful!

Fun interview!

Jennifer Hillier said...

Yeah, really... what IS Goofy? Huh. Now I'm going to wondering forever.

Great interview, guys!

catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com said...

Fun interview, now I'm curious who came first, Goofy or Pluto? It's always been weird having both. Thanks Lydia and Alex.

L'Aussie said...

So glad I dropped by and now I know how Alex manages to visit so many blogs. I love Goofy!

Thanks for the interview Lydia.

Denise

TerryLynnJohnson said...

aha! one of life's greatest mysteries solved - Alex blogs from work! And I'm sure the ninja skills help too.
Great interview. Alex is awesome.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Robyn, I agree!

Jennie, thank you so much.

Ali, thanks! I was really excited the first time I saw it.

Terry, Ninjas are not above cheating a little.

Thanks everyone and thanks again Lydia!

Suze said...

'I enjoy reading fantasy and might eventually tackle that genre. A really original idea needs to hit first.'

I love this answer.

And Pluto will *always* be a planet to me.

Talli Roland said...

What? Pluto's no longer a planet? Lovely to see Alex over here. I've no idea how he manages to get everything done in a day!

Carol Riggs said...

Nice to see Alex here! Thanks for the interview, Lydia. And wow, I didn't know there was a sequel out to CassaStar. :) Congrats on that, Alex. And YES, it's important (and difficult) to think of a "really original idea." Good luck! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Suze!

Talli, it's those Ninja skills...

Thank you, Carol - I'm excited!

Nas Dean said...

Thanks for the interview, Lydia! Alex was fun to 'meet!'

WritingNut said...

Hehe, great interview... you know... that very question has troubled me for some time as well :)

Very excited for the sequel Alex!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thank you Writing Nut - less than six months!

Lynda R Young said...

lol, one of the best interviews I've read in a long time ;)
Also, Alex, I'd love for you to write a fantasy. :)

LTM said...

whee! Fun stuff! Hey, Alex! And yeah, what IS Goofy???

You forgot to mention Alex's insecure writers group. I am LUVIN these posts~ ((hugs)) <3

Samantha Vérant said...

I was wondering how Alex did it all. Must. Practice. Ninja skills!

Emily Rose said...

Lydia,
I have awarded you the Lovely Blog Award. Congrats!

http://mistoftheblossomrain.blogspot.com/2011/09/lovely-blog-award-this-post-was-deleted.html

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lynda, I'll see what I can do!

LTM, thanks!

Samantha, you can do it little grasshopper!

Lydia, thank you again so very much for allowing me to invade your blog!

 
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