Good evening everyone!! Tonight I have a Meet the Author interview with historical fiction author John M. Cahill. He’s talking to us about why he wouldn’t travel backwards OR forwards, what book started his love of reading, and about his most recent book Savage Wilderness…..
John M. Cahill
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I was born and raised in western Massachusetts and lived most of my life in upstate New York. Now, I am an expat living with my Austrian wife in Vienna, Austria. I have one adult son and a beautiful, tireless, seven-year-old granddaughter.
What inspired you to start writing?
It seemed to be an easier way to make a living than digging ditches. Seriously, though, I enjoyed telling stories and writing them down was easier than trying to remember them.
How many books have you written and published?
I have written three books (working on a fourth) and, so far, have published two, Primitive Passions and Savage Wilderness. The third, The Trail of a Traitor is currently being reviewed by my publisher. All are set in 17th-century New York and comprise The Boschloper Saga.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
I would have to say that my first book, Primitive Passions, is my favourite because it was the proof that I could write a novel. It was not written until after I retired.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
I don’t know that I really have a process. When I have a new character, I just go with a name that I feel fits him or her.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
I would have to say the main character in all of my books, Sean O’Cathail. He’s got the gift of blarney and is honest and caring.
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
Gee, talk about hard questions! My favourite living author is Bernard Cornwell. His novels are fast-moving, action-packed and told with a sense of humour. My absolute favourite author is Robert Louis Stevenson. Treasure Island turned me on to the world of reading.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
I guess it would be an essay in primary school.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
I spent my professional life in public relations and social marketing, writing press releases, brochures, public service announcements and advertising for New York State government.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
Sorry, I’m extremely happy where I am.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would dearly love to chat with Mark Twain, for all the obvious reasons.
What are your favourite things to do?
I love to read and really enjoy travelling to new places and experiencing new cultures.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
I guess I would have to say becoming an expat. I came to Vienna on vacation and a friend who lives here introduced me to a very lovely lady. And the rest, as they say, is history.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Don’t ever give up.
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Savage Wilderness tells the story of a group of fur traders from the English Colony of New York who, in 1687, enter French territory in an effort to divert the Canadian fur trade from Montreal to Albany. With danger lurking and death threatening, they soon find that they will need all their wits to survive their trials and return home. Savage Wilderness is available in paperback and eBook on Amazon. It is also available from www.a-argusbooks.com/Storesavagewilderness.htm
Massive thanks to John for this interview. I always love talking to authors, especially from across the world and learning about why they do what they do!
Any questions for John, get in touch!
Have a wonderful evening