Author Interview with Adam Gaffen
As the third author in the Virtual Book Tour. Adam agreed to an author interview with me and I look forward to getting to know him and his writing a little better.
Author Name: Adam Gaffen
Author Website: https://cassidychronicles.com
Author Email: email@example.com
Author’s social media links (Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter etc.)
Authors Series and list of books.
The Cassidy Chronicles. Five books
The Cassidy Chronicles Volume 1
The Road to the Stars (Volume 2)
The Measure of Humanity (Volume 3)
A Quiet Revolution (Volume 4)
Triumph’s Ashes (Volume 5)
Tell me a little about yourself, where do you live, family, hobbies!
My wife and I live in Colorado, with our furry family of 5 cats and 5 dogs. We also have 5 children between us but none live with us. As for hobbies, well, writing used to be a hobby but has sort of taken over my life. I’d say at this point my major recreational activity is reading and a little bit of light gardening.
What got you into writing?
Reading is the gateway drug for writing; every writer thinks, “Hey! I can write something like this!” at some point or another.
What’s the main thing you love and hate about writing?
I am a modified pantser; what does that mean? I know where the book is going to start, and I know where the book is going to end. I don’t have anything beyond the vaguest idea where it’s going to go in the middle. I’m finding out the story as the characters tell it to me, which is both hugely rewarding and hugely frustrating.
How do you select the names of your characters?
My main characters’ names simply fit, way back in the day. After that I’ve been recruiting my friends and fans to give me their names. I have a running list of names available, and when I have another character I look over what’s available and pick.
What is next on your list to write/publish?
Next up? Right now I have a number of projects, all in the Cassidy universe. I have a Kindle Vella project (Kendra telling stories of her childhood with Aiyana); a short story or novella (depending on length) which will be the ‘bonus content’ in a forthcoming box set; a retelling of the Medusa legend (short story/novella, most likely); the beginning of a new novel with characters other than Cass and Ken are doing; and another novel in the same universe but probably set many years later.
What is your favorite childhood book?
Probably The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; I was nine when it came out and I first read it, and I’ve re-read it multiple times since.
Who is your favorite author, and why?
Robert Heinlein. His characters come alive in his stories, and the dialogue still stands up after decades.
Who encouraged you the most to write?
My wife, Michaela, has been endlessly supportive. Writing, as I quote at the end of every book, is a solitary profession. We hate to be apart from each other, and even though we’re in the same office during the day we’re years and light-years apart if I’m in the middle of writing. And yet she still loves me and backs me in every possible way.
Are you as avid a reader as a writer?
I used to be, and I would love to be still, but as an indie author I am also responsible for my marketing and advertising. This takes up a lot of time. I still manage to get in a few pages here and there, though not nearly as much as I used to.
What’s your favorite genre?
Science Fiction, definitely, though I’m enjoying authors like Kim Harrison, Richelle Mead, and Seanan McGuire as well. If it captures my imagination, I’ll read it. But my go-to is SF.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what type? Or can’t you stand background noise when writing?
I prefer to have music in the background. My default is 80s, or I’ll shuffle the 600-song playlist I made for my wife. My last two books both had playlists, and I would shuffle those while writing to keep me in the ‘theme’ of the book.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Social media, especially Facebook. I love it in that I can connect to fans and other authors, but it simply takes so much time!
Tell me a secret that none of your fans know! Do you like to cook or perhaps only wear a certain color sock!
Um. Isn’t the point of secrets that they don’t get told? Fine, fine. What don’t they know about me. Well, my great-aunt was an actress from the 40s to the 60s; she starred in movies with (among others) Kirk Douglas, Bob Hope, Abbott and Costello, and Jerry Lewis.
Tell me what your main character would say about you!
If you go to any of her social media sites she’ll tell you! Or check out the introductions to the daily chapter posts on the websites; she writes those, after all. I think she’d say that, as her biographer, I try hard to be accurate but have been known to embellish and add flourishes to what actually happened.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
There are quite a few stories which simply didn’t work out. They’re not deleted, just temporarily abandoned until that particular Muse comes back to finish the inspiration.
What is your motto in life?
“If I don’t ask you, though, you can’t say yes.” Attributed to Admiral Kendra Cassidy
Does your family support your career as a writer?
Yes, absolutely! It’s been a long time in coming, but I think some of them are more excited about the books than I am and that’s saying quite a bit!
Finally, any words of advice?
If you’re an author, don’t stop writing! It doesn’t matter if it’s five words or a thousand, don’t fall out of the habit of writing. And don’t worry if you think it’s crap! That’s what editing is for, right? But you have to have the words written before you can clean them up and make them better.