Corona XV, poem, Issue 28, September 1, 2014
When did you start writing? I remember really enjoying the writing assignments I got back when I was a kid in elementary school. The earliest probably would have been in third grade. When I was fourteen, I started a LiveJournal (holy crap, remember those?) and started putting my work online to share with my friends and the internet at large. But it wasn't until I was a freshman in college that I thought, "Hey, I want to be a writer for a living," and began seriously approaching it as a profession.
When and what and where did you first get published? I got a poem published in my high school's student-run lit mag way back in the day. What I consider to be my first "real" publication credit is the short story "Día de los Muertos" in the anthology One Hellacious Halloween. It came out in early November 2013.
What themes do you like to write about? I mostly write horror and pieces with horrorific elements, so the themes and ideas explored skew towards the dark and depressing. Alienation, isolation, madness, violence, and obsession are all my bread and butter. When I write more uplifting pieces they're usually about finding meaning and hope and love in an indifferent or even actively hostile world.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? Growing up, I was first and foremost a Stephen King fan. I remember reading The Shining, The Stand, and It all between the ages of ten and fourteen. Since then, I've also become a big fan of Thomas Ligotti, H.P. Lovecraft, and Cormac McCarthy. My brain latched onto King's flawed and human characters, Ligotti's cynicism, Lovecraft's fantastic creatures and his emphasis on verisimilitude, McCarthy's biblical imagery and language, and then it never let go. Which isn't to say that I don't read and enjoy other authors; I just find that my own style tends to be most influenced by these four.
Thomas Cavazos is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has an MFA in Fiction from St. Mary's College of California. He's kind of like Hunter S. Thompson with a little more hair, Charles Bukowski with a little less drinking, and Stephen King with a lot less money.