Who is Mathias Cavanaugh?
I am a writer. I have been writing for years under various monikers on different subjects and have been published around the internet. However now I am attempting to go back to my first love which is fantasy/science fiction writing.
Is Mathias Cavanaugh your real name?
“Mathias Cavanaugh”, I freely admit, is a pen name that I am going to use in my pursuit of getting my fantasy and science fiction published and to distinguish it from my other writings which have no relation to this endeavor. Why use a pen name? Well, my real name is very common. If I used my real name I would be easily lost in a sea of other like named individuals on the internet. Call it a marketing gimmick if you like. Hate me for it too if you so chose. I don’t care. Lots of famous people have used and do still today use pen names and stage names to help promote their careers.
What is the purpose of this site?
I have never had any of my fantasy/science fiction writing published. This site is being set up to chronicle my experiences trying to get published, to ramble on about the process of creating and my love for writing fantasy and science fiction. And of course, it is for some shameless self-promotion too.
How did you get started writing?
I have been writing science fiction and fantasy for decades. Although not written this genre recently and I admit often not writing it well.
It started back in my formative years when my friends and I regularly played Dungeon’s and Dragons. As the only person who seemed capable of creating somewhat coherent storylines and plots I was often unceremoniously declared to be the Dungeon Master and put in charge of making sure we had adventures every week.
I would often write pages and pages of notes, descriptions and stories to relate what was going to happen ahead of time to avoid having to put these things together on the spot. This sort of progressed to the point where in college I would write short stories for my own amusement and the fun of my friends. Early stories were pretty bad, but still amusing to read. Over time I got better at writing although after college work took over the majority of my time.
Now, years later, I am trying to get back to what I love to do.
Do you think you will be a successful writer?
I certainly hope so! I will be honest in that, while I do love to write, I would love even more to get paid to write. Baby’s got to eat you know.
If I did not think I had a chance of being published I would not even be trying.