NOSEY BIO: Loud, brass, and tastelessly attired, I.B. Nosey is famed for his exuberant “Greetings, cybernuts! This is I.B. Nosey, your official unofficial reporter!” He seeks answers to the kind of probing questions no accredited journalist would deem intelligent, let alone newsworthy enough, to ask. Fleet of foot, wide of mouth, and fluent of tongue-in-cheek, I.B. Nosey’s unique interviewing style is comparable to none.

Winner of the Pukelitzer Award. Spokesman for Gum Drop Island’s confectionary plantation. Featured in InD’Tale magazine and The Woven Tale Press.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Alex J. Cavanaugh Takes Flight with I.B. Nosey!


NOSEY: Greetings, cybernuts! This is I.B. Nosey, your official unofficial reporter! Today I’m coming to you from— waaah! *crashes into structure*

ALEX: *hears noise, throws open door* Nosey! *shakes head* Well, I’ve heard that you always make an entrance, but... *reaches up to pull Nosey –face first— out of side of door* Oh, man, Nosey. Your nose is really stuck. Wait a sec… *grunts and yanks and grunts and yanks and grunts and yanks…*

NOSEY: *voice muffled* C’mon, fella! Pull! This door isn’t made out of Nosey-ish material and I—I— *with a loud whoosh, he pops out from steel door*

ALEX: *drags Nosey inside* Did you really have to plow into the side of my spaceship?

NOSEY: Hey, it’s not my fault. *gingerly touches nose* When you fly without a parachute, it’s hard to direct your landing, ya know.

ALEX: Without a—? *mouth drops open, then he snaps it closed* No, don’t even answer that.

NOSEY: *looks around, and gives low whistle* Whoa, dude. What is this place?

ALEX: My spaceship, like I said. You don’t know where in outer space you are?

NOSEY: Of course I do. You’re speaking to the only Pukelitzer award winning cyberspace reporter. I’m a professional. I know how to do my job. *backs against wall, trips over feet, falls to floor*

ALEX: *quirks brow. Remains silent*

NOSEY: And this reporter… *leaps to feet, brushes down side of blazer* is here to report, dude. Yeah, nobody reports like me. I’m the one and only, and I’m here to report about you, Mr…er, um. Who are you, anyway?

ALEX: Alex J. Cavanaugh. You’re to interview me about my book, CassaDawn. *slaps hand to forehead and mutters* Can’t believe I signed up for this.

NOSEY: *chuckles* Oh, yeah. That’s right. Uh, wait a minute. *checks notebook*

ALEX: Are you serious? An old-fashioned notebook? Where’s your iphone?

NOSEY: What’s an iphone?

ALEX: *blinks* Forget I asked.

NOSEY: Ah ha! *brightens Yeah, something called CassaDawn by Alex J. Cavanaugh. See? *smirks* Told you I’m a professional.

ALEX: *grunts* All right. So let’s get started, ‘cause… *walks to console* I’ve got lots of work to do.

NOSEY: No problem, pal. I’ll just nosy around while we talk and check here, and look there— whoa! *opens closet door and jumps away* Holy Creepy Buggers! What’re these?

*Two large creatures jeeber and jeep and twitter and tweep*

ALEX: Oh, don’t mind them. That’s Quazy and Qootsie. They’re my pets. I got them at the planet ‘Upon a Blue Moon’.

(So these aliens aren't exactly as Nosey described, but do you think a real pic of Quazy and Qootsie can be found at the stock photo sites?)

NOSEY: But they’re green!

ALEX: *frowns in thought* Good point, Nosey. Maybe it wasn’t at ‘Upon a Blue Moon’. Maybe I picked ‘em up at ‘Chlorophyll Café’ while I refilled my energy tanks in the Z.P.D. Doo-dah quasar system.

NOSEY: *gulps* They’ve got only one eye, dude. Yeah, and one ear and five legs and…

ALEX: *scribbles on computer screen with fancy-dancy, personalized Alex J. Cavanaugh space pen* Watch it, Nosey. They do like to snuggle.

NOSEY: Heh heh. *tugs at collar and edges away as pair of ‘holy creepy buggers’ creep up in an unholy creepy buggy kind of way* Maybe this would be a good time to read the blurb of your book, Mr. Cavern…er, Mr. Cave-Man, I mean—

ALEX: That’s Alex J. Cavanaugh, and that’s a great idea, Nosey. *touches computer key and image of book pops up*

ALEX:  Here we go: ‘CassaDawn’ The prequel to the Amazon best-selling Cassa series! A pilot in training… Fighting the odds, Byron is determined to complete Cosbolt training. Poised at the top of his class, only one situation holds him back—his inability to work with anyone in the cockpit. Byron’s excellent piloting skills won’t be enough without a good navigator…      

*Sounds of Nosey slapping green ‘holy creepy buggers’ skin*

NOSEY: Don’t touch the threads of my tweedy-weedy blazer, guys!

ALEX: *glances across shoulder* Having trouble, Nosey?

NOSEY: Who? Me? *wipes sweat off brow* Er, no. No. Heh heh. Your pets, they’re… *grimaces* Snuggling too close. Yeech! *shies away as ‘holy creepy buggers’ flutter eyelashes* Can’t ya call ‘em off?

ALEX: Why? They love to hear about my Cassa series.

NOSEY: Ya think so, pal? I bet they don’t even know what the Cassa’s a series of.

ALEX:  Ah, sure they do. CassaDawn is the free short story that leads into the full-length science fiction trilogy. *grins* Hopefully, your readers won’t say it’s a series of unfortunate events.

NOSEY: Yeah, I— huh?

ALEX: So what can I tell you about Byron?

NOSEY: *gives fast look around* Who’s he?

ALEX: *sighs* C’mon, Nosey. Byron. The guy in my book. 

NOSEY: Oh. That Byron. *edges away from ‘holy creepy well, those same green buggers as before* Yeah. So who’re those odds he’s fighting?

ALEX: Say what?

NOSEY: You know. You said Byron’s fighting the Odds. *jerks thumb at buggers* They any relation to these fellas?

ALEX: Hm. Well, they are green skinned with big eyes…

NOSEY: I knew it! *skirts past a ‘far out’ space chair*

ALEX: *laughs* Byron’s ‘odds’ is his rebellion. It’s kept him on a very tight leash most of his life, his personal world invaded on every level. He’s not expected to succeed, you see, surely not as a top-level fighter pilot.

NOSEY: Uh huh. And you said he can’t work with anyone in a cockpit.  You -ah- *searches beneath table, behind chair, behind Alex’s back* got a cockpit stashed away in here?

ALEX: Well, it’s like this, Nosey. Cassans can communicate telepathically, something that’s demanded of a Cosbolt pilot and navigator.

NOSEY: Yeah? What’s that mean?

ALEX: It means Byron doesn’t like that connection. It all goes back to feeling invaded, you know. And, to answer your question about a cockpit — That’s where a pilot and navigator sit. And, um…*gives mock cough* not to be confused with where roosters fight. Or anything to do with—

NOSEY: *screams* Get away from my tweedy-weedied blazer pockets, you itchy fingers holy creepy buggers, you!

ALEX: That’s curious. *narrows gaze* What’s ya got in those pockets, Nosey?

NOSEY: Listen, Mac. *runs to other side of room to escape from green buggers flexing their itchy fingers in the depths of his bulging tweedy-weedied blazer pockets* I’m the interviewer. I ask the questions.

ALEX: *shrugs* You do know that I communicate telepathically with Quazy and Qootsie?

NOSEY: *slams on brakes and stares at Alex* For real?

ALEX: Course I do. What kind of space fiction interview would this be if I didn’t?

NOSEY: *lips curl in suspicious sneer* You can’t read my mind.

ALEX: Actually, you’re wanting to know what Cosbolt training is.

NOSEY: *gasps* I am?

ALEX: Aren’t you?

NOSEY: Uh, well. *drops voice to whisper* Since you mentioned it, I’ve got a Nosey feeling Cosbolt’s got nothing to do with Gum Drop Island chocolate, does it?

ALEX: Nope. And it’s got nothing to do with elves, either - Keebler’s or Santa’s ‘cause the Cosbolt is the elite space fighter ship. Those who fly her require several years of training. CassaDawn features the simulator-training phase.

NOSEY: Does it feature your pets too?

ALEX: No way. *winks* I brought them along especially for this interview.

NOSEY: Well, you didn’t do me any favors, bro. *bares teeth as green buggy pets jeeber and jeep and twitter and tweep and close in around Nosey*

ALEX: Ah, Nosey. They’re not making you feel insecure, are they?

NOSEY: Me? *puffs out chest* Hey, I’m the official unofficial reporter, and insecure is my middle name. *pauses* Uh, wait a minute.

ALEX: *grins* Yes?

NOSEY: Uhhh… *thinks, and then thinks again* Okay. What I meant was is that you have an insecure group, right, that you’re a leader of?

ALEX: That doesn’t sound any better.


ALEX: Get your facts right, Nosey.


ALEX: The fact is that I have a blog called ‘The Insecure Writers Group’.

NOSEY: Yeah. You offer support, right? Like Lego blocks?

ALEX: Well, an insecure writer is pretty much every writer. We have concerns, worries, fears, issues - it’s a lot of fun. Want to join us?

NOSEY: Yeah, I— huh?

ALEX: *snaps fingers* Oh, that’s right. You’re an interviewer, not a writer. So guess you don’t need our support that’s more like Lego blocks and less like—

*Alarm bell rings and spaceship veers violently*

ALEX: *takes command of steering wheel. Yes, steering wheel because every spaceship has one. Right, Alex?* Time to end the interview, Nosey. The space air marshal is hot on my tail. I’ve gotta outrun him.

NOSEY: What? Why? *spins in agitated circle* You a space bad guy? What’d ya do? Steal a couple thousand of Milky Way Bars?

ALEX: Ha! That jerk’s been after me ever since I stole his girl.

NOSEY: B-b-but I thought you were a bachelor!

ALEX: Of Fine Arts, yep.

NOSEY: So you stole Ms. Fine Arts?

ALEX: Huh uh. I stole, and managed to wed, Ms. Fine-Looking.

*Ship streaks across galaxies, comets, planets…and lots of other spacey-kinda constellations*

NOSEY: Whoa! Can’t you drive, fella? What kinda pilot are you? *thuds against spaceship wall while Quazy and Qootsie look kinda Queasy*

ALEX: You gotta exit, Nosey, cause you’re not allowed in any CassaDawn Outer Limits. *pushes button and space door unlatches.*

NOSEY: Huh? Whadda ya…? Aiiii! *falls into the depths of  black and white, spooky, really creepy Twilight Zone*

ALEX: Nosey! Watch out for— *winces* My apologies, Mr. Serling. 


Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, CassaStorm, and Dragon of the Stars. The author lives in the Carolinas with his wife.

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hilarious! Thanks for the interview and feature.

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi, What fun to see another I.N. Nosey interview, and to learn he's entered space reporting. LOL. The book sounds like it would be a fun read too, especially with a pilot who doesn't know his way around the cockpit.


P.L. Parker said...

Best of luck on your new release! Congratulations! Patsy

Heather M. Gardner said...

Very cute!
Nice job, Alex!

I.B. Nosey said...

Greetings, Mr. Cavanaugh....

It was my most Nosey pleasure to host you, and to know that you're Feeling Nosey? heh heh

I.B. Nosey said...

@GailPallotta...Why, yes, I've entered space reporting. I'm here, I'm there, I'm everywhere! There's no escape from the nosiest nose that ever nosed into every space and cranny or crase or spanny!

I.B. Nosey said...

@P.L. Parker, thanks for interrupting your retirement to join Alex J. Cavanaugh on this Nosey voyage!

I.B. Nosey said...

@Heather Gardner:

Why, thank you for noticing the obvious of how cute I am!

Wait, wait...You mean, you meant that compliment for ALEX???

Larry Hammersley said...

Alex you took care of yourself just fine with I.B. Nosey. Always an experience for the one being interviewed. Nosey don't make a space walk with out a suit and I'm not talking the fancy threads you always wear. Best wishes, Alex.

Hywela Lyn said...

Great and fun interview Alex - although like Larry I worried about IB not having a suit - or was it an invisible one? How you've survived this long, IB, is like one of Miss Mae's wonderful mystery novels! Glad to see you've taken to the explortion of space though. Thanks for introducing me to a new SF author!

klahanie said...

Hey Alex and of course, I.B. Nosey,

That was one spaced-out interview. There you go, Alex, you've officially hit the big time getting interviewed by the intrepid and somewhat quirky, I.B. Nosey.

I'm outta' here,


Laurean Brooks said...

Poor Nosey! Where will he end up now? Were Qootsie and Quazy clinging to him when he was sucked out of the spaceship?

Alex, shame on you. LOL.

Seriously, (if this can be taken seriously), I enjoyed this adventure immensely. I expected Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock to pop up any minute.

Great interview. Good luck to you Captain Cavanaugh, in your quest to conquer other worlds.

I.B. Nosey said...

Greetings, @LarryHammersley! You've got a good eye, fella, with spotting my fancy threads indeed!

Thanks for coming over, and how's about that talking that space walk with me?

I.B. Nosey said...

@HywelaLyn, another SF fan??? I imagine you're ready to embark on a "Star Quest" of your own! heh heh

Yes, an invisible suit...can't you just see it??? *wink*

I.B. Nosey said...

@klahanie, thanks much, pal, but Alex's only met the big time when Penny the internet superstar interviews him!

I.B. Nosey said...

@LaureanBrooks...hey, who are Captain Kirk and that Mr. Spock?

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Great interview, as usual! Are Quazy and Qootsie available for rent? :-)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

LOL! Elves don't fly ships?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Gail!

Thanks, Patsy.

Heather, I did the easy part.

Thanks, Larry.

Hywela, IB can really hold his breath...

Gary, does this mean I've arrived?

Laurean, I'm currently conquering the writing world one writer at a time...

Lynn, I can make clones for you.

Diane, not well.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Great fun!

klahanie said...

Alex, yes sir, you've arrived. Soak up the fame!

I'B Nosey, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar, after much pleading, um, after Alex asked her, did a guest pawst, um, post, on his highly acclaimed, much loved blog site. Pawhaps, sorry, perhaps Penny should indeed interview him sometime in the not too distant future in a galaxy not that far away.

As you were.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Tyrean.

That would be awesome, Penny!

Christopher Hudson said...

From the outer reaches of the USA to the outer reaches of space (Homey is on a cross-country odyssey), HEY, Nosey ... how goes it? Maybe space is a good venue you for you! Helmets off the Alex for endurance and a new tome.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Maybe not a professional interview, but a lot of fun!

Bachelor of Fine Arts, ha!

Thanks for making me smile this Monday morning. :)

Nilanjana Bose said...

Too cute! :) Best of luck, Mr Caverner :)

Hope the reporter makes a safe landing. :)

Thanks for a very enjoyable read.

Truedessa said...

haha this was absolute fun! Planet "upon a blue moon" I might know of this place. Great interview, take a bow your adoring fans are 👏

The Happy Whisk said...

That was fun to read, thanks for link. What's an iPhone? I used to say that one as well. Great stuff guys.

I.B. Nosey said...

@klahanie, greetings fella! Yeah, Penny would have a dog chew with Alex, heh heh.

I.B. Nosey said...

@LynnLovegreen, Quazy and Qootsie for rent? Heh heh. That's an idea!

Thanks for coming over!

I.B. Nosey said...

@L.DianeWolfe, if you discover that elves DO fly ships, let me know!

I.B. Nosey said...

@TyreanMartinson, thanks to you too, gal, and glad you stopped by!

I.B. Nosey said...

@ChristopherHudson, my man! What skies you been sailing lately? Glad you stopped in at Feeling Nosey? and hope your odyssey isn't TOO Odd...uh, got any Quazy's or Qootsie's on ya?

I.B. Nosey said...

@ElizabethSpannCraig...glad I could introduce you to an official, unofficial interview!

I.B. Nosey said...

@NilanjanaBose...of course, I'm "too cute". Heh heh.

I.B. Nosey said...

@TheHappyWhisk... I use a Nosey atomic microphone. Everyone should have one!

Great Nosey thanks to all who've stopped by! Visit again soon, 'cause you know you're...Feeling Nosey!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Christopher!

Elizabeth, I aim to entertain. And misbehave.

Nila and Truedessa, thanks!

Ivy, glad you know what an iPhone is now.

Thanks again, Nosey!

Pat Hatt said...

haha support like lego blocks. Never thought of it like that. Fun interview indeed, good thing that mind reading was there.

Yolanda Renée said...

Great interview!
I just finished CassaFire - LOVED it!

Karen Lange said...

Fun to see Alex here! Thanks to both of you for sharing the interview. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Pat, something new to rhyme about perhaps?

Yolanda, thanks!!

Karen, I am here to amuse.

Michelle Wallace said...

What a fun interview!
Pukelitzer award winning cyberspace reporter? Hahahaha! Too funny.

Donna said...

Haha Nice interview! But then Alex is always fun, right?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks Donna and Michelle!

Sandra Cox said...

Ha! This was great.

Fundy Blue said...

Great fun, I. B. Nosey! Extra fun because I've read Alex's books. Have a good one!

J Lenni Dorner said...

Very comical interview. Nice work!

Sherry Ellis said...

That was one entertaining interview! I could just picture it acted out as a TV interview. Good job, guys!

Magic Love Crow said...

Hi from Alex's blog! This interview was fantastic!!! Loved it!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Fundy, thanks!

Sherry, then we did our job well.

Lenni and Crow, thanks!

Jen Chandler said...

I wandered over from Alex's blog. This is fantastic! Very hilarious :) Thanks for the laughs and the introduction to CassaDawn.


J.Q. Rose said...

Congratulations Alex! You survived the IB Nosey interview with astounding warp speed! Still giggling at that line Q and Q got Queasy. So many great lines, I can't write them all down. Still smiling. Congrats on the pre-quel and continued success with the series. Uh-oh--somebody's at my door. I hope it isn't that darn IB again...Gotta go.
JQ Rose

Jennifer Lane said...

Quazy and Qootsie are adorbs! Crazy interview. :-)