10 Statements – Vashti Quiroz-Vega


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My name is Vashti Quiroz-Vega, and I’m a writer of Fantasy, Suspense, Thriller and Horror. My first novel, The Basement, was released in August 2013. It was one of the happiest and proudest moments of my life. It was not easy getting my book published. Once upon a time, I was very naive when it came to the publishing process. I thought all I had to do as a writer was to write the book. Soon, I had a rude awakening when I found out that my manuscript had to be edited. Then I discovered I had to get an agent in order to interest a publisher, and I had to write a query letter in order to get an agent! Well, after many months of querying, I finally got my manuscript in the hands of a publisher… who wanted it edited some more. Phew! A year later, my book was finally published. Then I discovered that the ‘good old days’ when the publisher did everything for the writer are over, and I had to do a lot of the marketing myself. It’s been a rough, but weirdly enjoyable ride.

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The Basement is a suspense/thriller aimed at a pre-teen/teen audience, but many adults have enjoyed it as well. It is a tale of angst, teamwork and solutions, of treasure hunts and adventure, and of facing your fears. Its focus is the small-but everything-world of a pre-teen named Robbie, who must pass a terrible test set for him by his alcoholic and abusive father. The boy eventually succeeds, and his courage helps to transform his father. The Basement has been incorporated into the library and curriculum of two middle schools in Florida (my home state). In addition, I have been approached by several other teachers who consider the book a good candidate to be read to their middle grade classes. I am quite excited that I have recently been invited to participate in an event hosted by a Barnes and Noble bookstore in my neighborhood.

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From the time I was a young kid, writing has been my passion. I’ve always been a writer—I just didn’t know it until much later. For me, it is easier to express my thoughts on paper than through the spoken word. I enjoy making people feel an array of emotions with my writing. I like my audience to laugh one moment, cry the next and clench their jaws after that.

My love of animals and nature are often incorporated into my stories. You’ll read intriguing things about various animals, nature and natural disasters commingled in my character-driven novels.

I’m working on what I call my Fantasy Angels Series, written for the Adult (18 and older) market.  The first installment, Lilith, depicts angels in a unique way. It is a story of many twists, surprises and a bit of controversy. Lilith is currently undergoing the editing process, and I’ve already begun writing the second installment, Dracul.

I love to read almost as much as I love to write. Some of my favorite authors are Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Anne Rice, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown.

I currently live in sunny Florida, where I work as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Although writing and reading are my passion, I also have other interests. I’m a shutterbug–I love photography–and I also love to travel, draw, hike, kayak, dance, bake, and to watch movies, basketball and UFC fights. As a woman, I’m entitled to enjoy girlie things once in a while, right? I also love fashion, make-up and shopping.

Links:
Vashti Quiroz-Vega’s Blog: http://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com
Vashti QuirozVega Author Page: http://on.fb.me/1g0da7d
The Basement Fan Page: http://on.fb.me/XccJOR
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1bb8I69
Personal Motto:

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

10 Statements
  1. A typical work day begins with… coffee.
  2. I lose track of time… when I’m writing.
  3. I have always… loved animals and nature.
  4. I have never… jumped off a plane (it’s on my bucket list).
  5. Home means to me… freedom, comfort and safe-haven.
  6. I am inspired by… those who follow their dreams.
  7. I would like to meet… Stephen King, Anne Rice, Paul Brown, and many others.
  8. My worst character trait… I am too honest and always say what’s on my mind.
  9. My best character trait… I am too honest and always say what’s on my mind.
  10. The best advice I was given… “Don’t give up.”

 

 

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49 thoughts on “10 Statements – Vashti Quiroz-Vega

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  3. Hi Vashti, I love to write and I can write 900 words in 15 minutes, I usually write in my blog Words Of a Heart In love; but I would like to know how I can become a writer, can you point me in the right direction please. My English teacher always told me I should write a love novel but how does one begin?

    • Hello! News Flash: You are already a writer! If you want to write a novel think about the types of books that you enjoy reading and even about the types of movies that you enjoy watching and write about something similar. The best way to start is by just scribbling something on paper. Think about what you’d like to write and start writing. Remember the first draft doesn’t have to be perfect. When you’re completely done with your first draft have a few people you trust (your English teacher maybe?) read it and critique it, and then move on from there. After a few drafts and personal edits it’s time for a professional editor. I hope I’ve answered your question. If not contact me. 🙂

      • Thank you so much for your reply, fills me with enthusiasm, I’m seriously going to try to do this :O) at one point since I have many people follow my blog I was thinking in sending it to a publisher to see if they found it interesting for a book I just never got around to it. Your words gave me the push I needed I’m going to sit and start a draft, it might be about my experience with this man I loved for 6 1/2 years and how it broke me.

  4. Hi Karen, I guess my Personal Motto: Pay it Forward

    And my 10 Statements are

    A typical work day begins with… making a list and prioritizing them!.
    I lose track of time… when I am talking to someone..
    I have always… loved STRONG COFFEE!.
    I have never… been an actor on television.
    Home means to me… PJ’s and rest!
    I am inspired by… people who are nice for no reason at all.
    I would like to meet… Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Martin Luther King, and tons more too!
    My worst character trait… I worry a lot.
    My best character trait… I always try to be kind.
    The best advice I was given… the Golden Rule.

    • Thank you, Emily! If you kindly send me your brief bio and some photos via email – I can publish your 10 statements tomorrow or on Tuesday. 🙂

  5. Vashti, I enjoyed reading about your publishing journey and your 10 Statements. We like some of the same authors. 🙂 I got Dr. Sleep as a gift recently, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I hope it’s as good as The Shining. I haven’t read any Anne Rice in forever- I miss her, now that I think about it! I used to read a lot of Ray Bradbury and some Kurt Vonnegut. Thank you for sharing this at Treasure Box Tuesday! 🙂

  6. Hi Vashti
    So glad to have you share with us at Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party today. I don’t have jumping from a train on my bucket list, at my age I’d probably just break my hip, lol.
    Angel

  7. I love these 10 statement type posts. It gives us a glimpse into your life and helps us top get to know our blogging community better. I love reading and coffee too! Thank you for sharing with us at countdown in style! Make sure to check back on Friday and see if you are featured 🙂

      • Hi Carrie! Thank you very much! It touches my heart that I can be an inspiration to someone else. Yay! That’s awesome! It’s great that you and your son will read it together. I hope you both enjoy it. 😀

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