Saturday, January 12, 2008

Author Jack Cavanaugh - Free Book

Today, we're talking to Jack Cavanaugh.

Jack, welcome. Why do you write the kind of books you do?

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?

Perseverance counts.

Jack, tell us about the featured book.

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.

Readers, leave a comment on the interview if you would like to win a copy. There's still time to leave comments on these interviews:

Gregory Spencer - Guardian of the Veil
Elizabeth Goddard - Seasons of Love


Sonya said...

Another wonderful interview! I love getting to know the authors this way!

Please count me in for the book giveaway. It looks very good1

Janna said...

Very interesting - please enter me...

ryanx6 at msn dot com

dodo said...

Loved to read that interview! Count me in. Sounds like an intriguing book.

ladystorm said...

This sounds interesting. Count me in I like trying out books from authors I don't know.

Susan Stitch said...

It never fails to amaze me when God gives an entire story in one verse! What a fascinating concept. Thanks for the interview and making us aware of this book. Please include me in the drawing.


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lev53211 said...

i'd love to read this book- please enter me.

Stacey said...

Great interview! The book sounds intriguing. Please toss my name into the drawing. Thanks.


windycindy said...

Hello, I enjoy reading supernatural thrillers! Thanks for an interesting interview! Cindi

Anonymous said...

Great Interview. I have read a book he wrote with Bill Bright. This one really looks good. Please enter my name into the drawing.

Dona Watson said...

This sounds like a great book to me. Please enter me in the contest. Great interview!

dlwatson [at]verizon [dot]net

abi said...

I have several of Jack's books. I'd love to win this one.

cathikin said...

Good interview. Informative. I haven't read any of Jack's books yet, but I am familiar with his name. This Kingdom Wars sounds like something right up my alley.

Anonymous said...

Jack Cavanaugh says....

If you enjoyed the interview, I have pictures (of the kids). Thank you for your kind comments. I hope you like Kingdom Wars, it's the type of story I've been wanting to write for years, so it thrills me that it sounds interesting to so many of you.

tetewa said...

This would be another new author for me, sounds great count me in!