Interview with Tag Cavello

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sadly, yes. It was about this silly kid who steals a Lamborghini Countach from a dealership and goes for a joyride. Let's leave that one in the past where it belongs.
What is your writing process?
One sentence at a time...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, but the one that first made me want to write is called The Mist by Stephen King. This was back in like May of 1990.
How do you approach cover design?
With a shotgun and shells. I am just terrible at covers. I try to make up for it by putting my very best into the writing inside.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Ah five?

Imajica--Clive Barker. Prose and style.

Eyes of the Dragon--Stephen King. Great story and a fun read every time

Inspecting the Vaults--Eric McCormack. This guy SCARES. With subtlety and creeping approach. Do yourself a favor if you like to be creeped out and read McCormack.

The Little White Bird--J.M. Barrie. A book about regret. Of course I love it.

The Oxford Book of Short Poems. I found a lot of treasure in here.
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk. I write at the kitchen table in the middle of the night.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
No marketing techniques have worked for me thus far. I just don't have skills in this arena.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A teenaged boy falls in love with the bad girl at school. I say bad girl but she may even be worse than that. Too bad this boy just can't help himself.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Norwalk, Ohio. The temperate climate helped a great deal, as did the houses that were built in the 19th century.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having written.
What do your fans mean to you?
I will let you know when I get some fans.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Ha! Ha! Ha! Good one!
Who are your favorite authors?
Clive Barker, Fritz Lieber, Robert Bloch, Arthur Machen, Eric McCormack, Guy de Maupassant, J. Sheridan LeFanu
When did you first start writing?
In June of 1990. License To Kill with Timothy Dalton had just hit HBO...not that that has anything to do with it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was suffering from panic attacks at the time and reading helped a great deal. I wanted to create work that helped others fight anxiety.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Success? Nothing yet, but I am hugely grateful for Smashwords' distribution. Maybe I'll get lucky one day.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't read for pleasure anymore. I read to learn how to be a better writer.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My daughter's iPad 2.
What are you working on next?
A book of poems called Ice In The Firelands.
Published 2018-12-11.
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Books by This Author

Ice In The Firelands
Price: Free! Words: 4,840. Language: American English. Published: December 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
A collection of short poems by Tag Cavello, written in 2017-2018. In some ways it may be referred to as a sequel to Secluded Worlds, as many of the poems involve snowy nights, cool winds, and walking alone.
Price: Free! Words: 92,800. Language: American English. Published: October 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Coming of age
(4.00 from 1 review)
Dante Torn is a thirteen year-old boy living in Norwalk, Ohio. He is quiet and obedient. Respectful of his elders. But his life begins to change when he meets and falls in love with Sunset Desdemona, a red-headed firefox who goes to his school. Sunny is sly, devious, precocious. A girl with narrow eyes, a knowing sneer, and--as Dante will soon find out--an insatiable hunger.
The Glass Floor
Price: Free! Words: 2,460. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
In this short story, a young boy who disbelieves in the supernatural makes a sudden, terrifying connection with demons from another world. Do not read this story if you are alone in the house at night!
Fit to Live
Price: Free! Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A dark incident at a local school disrupts the life of family man Larry Wilcox. Once peaceful and happy with the universe, he now must re-evaluate what it all means, and whether or not human beings are worth caring for.
Secluded Worlds
Price: Free! Words: 3,140. Language: American English. Published: May 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
24 short poems by Tag Cavello A collection of short poems by author Tag Cavello, written over the past five years or so. Read for a journey through snow and ice, solitude and remembrance. Close your eyes. Let the wind blow and the snow fall. These poems were written for escape to cooler places.
The Breakfast Tart Princess
Price: Free! Words: 3,130. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A young girl, working as a baker’s apprentice in the king’s castle, is tasked to make a plate of breakfast tarts for the king. But when the tarts turn out to be awful, the king becomes most angry indeed. Now the girl must make amends, and soon finds there is only one person in all the land who can help her: the most hideous-looking little troll she has ever seen.
Price: Free! Words: 80,160. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
A teenaged girl must defend herself against an ancient vampire in this camp-horror novel.
Late in the Day
Price: Free! Words: 3,360. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A teenaged boy, crippled since the age of nine, doesn’t feel life is worth living anymore. After he gives away the very last thing in the world that he loves, a decision must be made: keep fighting or give up. Haunted by the death of his sister while at the same time inspired by a recent video game called No Man’s Sky, the choice proves itself difficult.
Crystal Grader
Price: Free! Words: 88,270. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
A young girl falls in love with an older man--a writer of romance novels that are near impossible to put down. But her love has an edge of which she is unaware, dangerous and deadly. When at last she learns of its existence it may be too late to save the heart impaled by its greed.
Miranda Swigg Screamed
Price: Free! Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A woman learns how to overcome a traumatic event in her life and reconnect with the family she loves.
Myriad of Smiles
Price: Free! Words: 9,730. Language: American English. Published: September 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A police detective sets out to redeem the loss of a little boy's life.
Double Dutch and Other Stories
Price: Free! Words: 27,840. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Two long stories and two short ones. Romance, comedy, paranormal, action.
Regions of Passion
Price: Free! Words: 111,160. Language: American English. Published: May 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
A teenaged girl is forced into an alternate world and targeted for death by the dictator who lives there. Can she unlock the secret of his weakness in time to survive? This version of the book contains an afterword by the author.