Today, we're talking to Jack Cavanaugh.
One of the best things about being a freelance writer is that you get to choose topics that interest and inspire you. Writing, then, is like telling a friend about something exciting you’ve discovered.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Three days, actually. The days my children were born.
How has being published changed your life?
It’s made me poor and humble but happy, because I’m doing what I love to do.
I know what you mean. What are you reading right now?
Einstein, by Walter Isaacson
What is your current work in progress?
I recently finished the sequel to Kingdom Wars I. The subtitle for the next book is Tartarus and it will release in Spring, 2008. So now I’m laying the initial groundwork for a World War II suspense novel about a small farm town that is called upon to make an extraordinary sacrifice. Working title: Freedom USA.
You'll have to come back when Tartarus releases. What would be your dream vacation?
To tour all the places in the world I’ve written about and visited only in research.
Me, too. How do you choose your settings for each book?
Since most of my novels have been historical, the topic usually chooses the setting. For my more recent contemporary novels, I’ve chosen San Diego so I can write about a place where I’ve actually been.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Four people. My wife and children. Can’t think of anyone else I’d rather be with.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Being a freelance writer, I don’t have the luxury of hobbies. If I’m not writing, I’m researching or marketing my books. As for interests—I enjoy photography, tennis, and golf.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Not enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do. Not only do I write novels, but I write screenplays, short stories, short-short stories, poetry, and inspirational non-fiction.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Kingdom Wars: A Hideous Beauty is a contemporary supernatural thriller that was inspired by a single verse in the Bible. The passage is in Genesis and tells about Jacob going on a journey. The verse describes how he stumbled into an encampment of angels, stayed the night, and then continued his journey the next day like it was no big deal. I wanted to write a story that used the same unapologetic approach to the supernatural world as portrayed in that passage.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Thank you for spending this time with us.
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