Cage Dunn writes speculative fiction, urban fantasy, rural and outback stories, contemporary with a twist; stories about fearful things, stories in words and dreams and horrors - yours and mine. A Storyteller, a dreamer, an imaginer. Some would say Fibber, Fabricator, Teller of Tall Tales. Yep – a storyteller.
Cage was born in the scorching landscape of the West Midlands District of Western Australia; lived all over the startling and stunning country of Australia - now in Adelaide - worked at everything from sewerage collection to computing, and somewhere in there graduated with a BA Comm (Prof. Writing) and Grad Dip Computing.
Met a few people along the way, and they all have something to say; they all contribute to the knapsack of stories Cage carries around, to draw on whenever the words are ready to become real.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In the country, in the middle of nowhere – oh, sorry, no; not in the middle: way, way, way out on the outer edges of the black stump that was exiled from the middle of nowhere. Only a slight exaggeration. In the West Midlands District of Western Australia, Australia (that little continent or big island) in the Southern Hemisphere. Great place, good stories, fantastic sunshine and beaches and (I love the) desert horizons. The peace and loneliness of those spaces always brought out story. I'm still there, in my mind.
When did you first start writing?
I have never been a non-writer. My nan laughed about a letter I sent when I was first learning to write. It said (when describing the family structure to a pen-friend): 'and I am the one in the middle, middle aged'. She laughed so hard, I remembered it. I hope some of my words now have some form of emotional impact (maybe not to laugh at my mistakes, but to be involved with them in some way).
A new world, a dangerous place mistakenly assessed as suitable for human colonisation.
Corporal Kopa Redding becomes a senior member of the rapidly diminishing group of colonists on the new planet. He must lead the motley group of civilians to the only possible point of extraction. But was this planet a mistake, or exile?
Nothing is familiar. Nothing is safe.
Who will rule magic? A Fantasy Allegory tale.
The previous council and the tests of skill that forced Kraken against Dragon and Dragon against Cat - that was centuries ago. Now, the time has come for the other creatures to 'volunteer' - one from air, one from earth, one from water - but will they? Or will Cat take over the rule of all, and allow magic to fade from the creatures of Earth forever?
An ordinary soldier is tasked with the most unusual role: ensure the survival of Agoness, daughter of the Father Holy.
How can he do that if she tells him nothing? How can he do that when she says the wrong thing to the wrong people at the wrong time?
How to Write a Dynamite Scene Using the Snowflake Method
on May 18, 2018
I always enjoy the style Randy uses to impress the information into manageable chunks. If I could get every writer to at read at least one of his books, I'm sure they'd see how it frees them to be exceptionally creative without having to worry about 'how it all fits together' - because it's clearly explained. And the boundaries it gives enables limitless access to creativity within those bounds.
I love it.