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Regions of Passion

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Ingrid Semeska is a troubled girl. She is failing high school, her foster mother and brother abuse her, and she has a habit of pushing away the people in life who love her. One of these people is Scott Bremman, a twenty-year-old grocery worker who is uncertain of himself and what to do with the future.

After yet another attack at the hands of her foster brother, Ingrid flees to the protecting arms of Scott and her friend from work, Lisa. Lisa knows things about Ingrid--that she was born in another world during a war, that there are forces intent on destroying that world forever--that Ingrid doesn't know herself. It's time for her to find out, and return to her true home as the only person capable of rescuing it from darkness.


Was begun in the mid 1990s with the title “My Summer With Ingrid”.

Tag Cavello quit writing in 1997, and the Regions project was shelved. The actress who plays Ingrid Semeska in the book did not want to let it go, however. Over the next fifteen years, she kept at Cavello to write the book. In 2012 he finally relented.

Took seven drafts to get right, as opposed to Cavello’s follow-up novel, Crystal Grader, which only took three.

The Cedar Point amusement park is real, as are many of the rides mentioned during Scott Bremman’s visit there. His fear of the larger rides mirror’s Tag Cavello’s own feelings.

Directly inspired by two Clive Barker novels: Weaveworld and Imajica.

Tag Cavello once likened writing this novel to being a baseball pitcher. More poetic prose and styling was like throwing a breaking ball, whereas the straightforward scenes were his “fastballs”. Cavello later admitted to trying to be too cute too often with his delivery, and had to go through the book two more times to work in more fastballs.

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