Author Spotlight: Joe Cacibauda

JoePictureLighterversionAs we have said many times before, our clients are amazing. We think the world should know more about them, so we conducted interviews with some of our authors. This month we interviewed Joe Cacibauda.

When did you decide you wanted to be an author? I decided to be a writer after I failed Freshman English Composition twice. I did not read or write in high school and was ill prepared for college English. By the third time taking the course I was able to write somewhat coherently. By then I was reading philosophical books and wanting to express my philosophy of life garnered from the great wisdom and experience of an all too smug 19 year old.

Where do you get your inspiration for your writing? My ideas sometimes come from snippets of conversations I might overhear or a person I might see going through a garbage can or sitting alone at a concert. I was a professional musician for many years and was able to view people in many fun, challenging and sad situations with music as a backdrop. Most of what I write has some music element to it.

Who is your favorite author? Favorite book? My favorite writer is Mark Twain, especially his essays and short pieces. He isn’t flashy with his words, but uses the exact word to elicit an idea or image. What comes to mind is Grandfather’s Old Ram, a nonsense story that wants the reader to know how old people ramble and get away from the topic. But my favorite book is Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, an Indian teacher—one of the first to bring yoga meditation to the US in 1920. It has scripture, philosophy, the paranormal, life lessons and entertaining stories.

Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you get through it? I do get writer’s block as we all do. I recommend that whenever you can’t think of what to write begin writing a completely bizarre scene. It can include your characters or introduce others. It can have something to do with your story or completely off the wall. You either get so far out that you throw it away or you will have to figure how you might use it in your story, or you might develop it for another story; but, whatever you do, you are still writing and thinking about writing.

What should readers know about your latest book? I’m working on a book now called Sheds. It’s about hoarders who build structures to keep their things stored. My story involves a family of five siblings; each owns a shed on the family estate. All the children are adults, married, divorced, some with children of their own. I hope to be able to show these sheds, their exclusive, secret spaces as an allegory for the mind’s mental storage of baggage, often useless and obsolete mindsets that might best be discarded to allow us to move on toward happier lives.

Do you prefer traditional books or eBooks? I like having the book in my hand. There is just something about the look of a book, its concreteness that I like. Of course, I grew up with books in this format.

What are you currently reading? I’m reading a book called Return of the Ancients by Norman Paulsen which is part autobiography and part his ideas on the origins of mankind, not limited to this planet according to his theories. I’m also reading Figghiu Beddu (Good Son) by Alfred Zappala. He is a Philadelphia lawyer who moved to Sicily and his book is about living there.

Is there anything else people should know about you as an author? I have two published books: After Laughing Comes Crying, published by Legas Press and Einstein’s Formula, published by Black Rose Writing. I have three other novels written: Bass Solos, self-published on Lulu.com and Not for Self and Screetch, both in search of a publisher. Bass Solos and Screetch are based on my musician’s education and career. Not for Self is a historical fiction novel about a distant cousin who got involved in bootlegging in Illinois during Prohibition.

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