Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Vashti Quiroz-Vega, @VashtiQV
Hello everyone! This week I’m thrilled to bring you one of my favorite award winning authors, Vashti Quiroz-Vega. I asked her to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE which she did. But stayed tuned… Vashti and I have a candid discussion behind some of the themes she explores in her books!
I love Vashti’s writing and believe me, I know what I’m talking about! I’ve read and reviewed, The Fall of Lilith. Read my review HERE. I’ve also read and reviewed, Son of the Serpent. Read that review HERE.
Please meet my guest author, Vashti Quiroz-Vega, who is also an accomplished poet.
Vashti Quiroz-Vega is a writer of Fantasy, Horror, and Thriller. Since she was a kid she’s always had a passion for writing and telling stories. It has always been easier for her to express her thoughts on paper.Amazon Author Page
She enjoys reading almost as much as she loves to write. Some of her favorite authors are Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Anne Rice, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and George R. R. Martin.
She enjoys making people feel an array of emotions with her writing. She likes her audience to laugh one moment, cry the next and clench their jaws after that.
When she isn’t building extraordinary worlds and fleshing out fascinating characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband JC and her Pomeranian Scribbles who is also her writing buddy.
Hi, Colleen. Thanks so much for this opportunity to share my books. I’m really looking forward to our chat.
I’m thrilled to learn more about you, Vashti. I’ve loved your Angel Series books, and I know you also have a new novella out. I’ll share more about that later.
Sounds good. Ask away. I’m happy to share.
Your Angel Series books deal with some dark subject matter. Do your readers ask if you Are a devil worshiper or Satanist?
Absolutely not. My stories are not about the devil, he happens to be a character in my stories but the stories are not about him and even if they were it wouldn’t mean I was a Satanist.
Not that it really matters, but Do you believe in God? The devil?
I believe in God and angels, so I believe that just like there are good entities there must also be evil ones. How can people like Ted Bundy, Tsutomu Miyazaki, Jack the Ripper, Ahmad Suradji, Adolf Hitler, Andrei Chikatilo among others exist if there wasn’t a devil?
So, I have to ask… are you a witch?
Witches have gotten a bad wrap through the years. Remember the evil witch from “Hansel and Gretel” who snatches up children to eat? How about Bette Midler’s character in “Hocus Pocus”?
In real life, a witch can look like anyone else. To me a witch is simply someone who is aware of her own power and puts that power into action.
Your Angel books share some of the mythology surrounding angels. Are you a religious person?
That would depend on one’s definition of what being religious entails. I believe in the Golden Rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. I’ve also added, “treat others like you would like others to treat your children, parents, spouse, or friend.” If you would like others to treat your children with patience and kindness, be patient and kind to other children. If you want your elderly parents or grandparents to be treated with respect and dignity, treat every elderly person you come in contact with the same way.
I believe in doing good deeds and being kind and fair. I don’t believe that going to a church every week or every day makes one a good person. Although there are many good people who attend churches, synagogues, mosques . . . there are also many self-righteous people who wear the facade of good, caring individuals when in fact they are nothing but selfish hypocrites with their own agendas.
I have no doubt that there are many lovely churches and temples with wonderful congregations but churches and temples are merely buildings. I’ve always felt closest to God surrounded by nature.
Vashti, why do you write?
Why does a person eat, sleep, or breathe? To live. That’s the same reason I write––to live.
What is it about dark fantasy, horror, and thrillers that draw you to those genres?
These have always been the genres that I’ve been attracted to since I was a child. We all have a dark side, dark thoughts. I believe writing dark fiction helps me purge the darkness inside me in a positive way.
Do you read only dark fiction books?
I’ve always loved reading fantasy (High, Epic, Dark), horror, thriller, and science fiction, but I have read books in other genres from time to time. However, since I joined the Rave Reviews Book Club I’ve read many books from different genres. I’m always surprised at how much I enjoy them. Some of those genres have really grown on me.
Do you associate yourself with any of your villains?
No. As a matter of fact, I have at times asked myself, what is the opposite I would do in a certain scenario, in order to determine the villain’s next move. I have done research on serial killers, tyrants, and the criminally insane in order to come up with the personalities and traits of my villains. I’m not a perfect saint but I’m also not evil.
You’ve shared with me that some readers have been offended by the way you portray angels and for writing Your take on heaven and hell. Does that bother you? What would you say to these people?
I probably wouldn’t say anything, but for the sake of the interview, I would first remind my readers that my books are not religious, non-fiction books. They are fantasy fiction. Some readers just can’t differentiate fiction, from non-fiction. They believe everything they read, and I consider that to be dangerous.
I would also tell them that if they do not like my portrayal of angels, maybe they should write their own book depicting angels in the manner they feel is right.
And lastly, I am neither the first nor the last author to write about angels and demons or to create my own version of heaven and hell. There’s “Inferno” by Dante, “Paradise Lost” by John Milton, “Eric” by Terry Pratchett, “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis, “What Dreams May Come” by Richard Matheson and many more. I’m in good company.
Some people claim to be religious while knowing very little about their own religion. I’ve also discovered that the people that are truly religious and knowledgeable about the doctrine and scriptures of their faith don’t have a problem with my books, or any books like mine. Many readers have enjoyed books like mine because they see them for what they are––works of fiction.
I love your answer! Now, Do you believe in magic?
I believe in magick. I believe the mind is a powerful instrument and people can achieve miracles with the power of positive thinking. You may call it prayer, faith . . . People have cured themselves from incurable diseases because they thought it possible. I have experienced both the power of positive thinking as well as the power of negative thinking. Positive thinking is like a spell of protection. Magick is about raising and directing energy to fulfill your intentions.
As a writer are you a dark and moody person?
I have my dark moments like everyone else, I suppose. I do my share of brooding, but I do not consider myself a dark, moody or pessimistic person. On the contrary, I always try to see the glass half full. I have actually been accused of smiling too much or being too happy at times. I try to see the good in people because I believe there is good in most people. I don’t hold grudges. I rather confront someone who I believe has done me wrong and tell him or her how I feel because then I can move on and forget about it.
Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit, Vashti. Before I forget, what is the name of your new novella?
It’s called, Memoir of a Mad Woman. Who can explain how madness begins? Thanks for the fun interview. ❤
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Thanks for stopping by to meet Vashti! You’re going to love her books!!