Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Vashti Quiroz-Vega, @VashtiQV

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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.

Author, Vashti Quiroz-Vega

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.

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.

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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. <3

HOW TO CONTACT Vashti Quiroz-vega

BLOG: http://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/VashtiQV
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE: https://www.amazon.com/Vashti-Quiroz-Vega/e/B00GTXG5W4/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

k luv u bye

 Thanks for stopping by to meet Vashti! You’re going to love her books!!

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  1. Reblogged this on Art by Rob Goldstein and commented:
    A fascinating interview with author, Vashti Quiroz-Vega

  2. I enjoyed learning more about Vashti. She’s an interesting writer.

  3. I enjoyed reading your post and getting to know more about Vashti. I absolutely can relate to her views on religion. Great answers to the questions!

  4. What a fantastic interview, Vashti! I loved all of your answers and I totally agree with you about religion. 🙂 I also agree with you about magick! We truly have no idea the power we each possess! Thank you, Colleen, for hosting this awesome author! And, I was thrilled to see you give a shout out to RRBC, Vashti!

  5. Such a joy to read this morning, ladies! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Vashti, how golden to be told you smile too much. That’s just awesome, my friend! XO
    Cheers to you both! 🙂

  6. I love this interview, Vashti and Colleen.

    I agree with you, Vashti, that going to church doesn’t make one a Christian or a God believer. I consider myself spiritual, being in touch with God, rather than religious, keeping the rituals. I’ve read Son of the Serpent and find traces of the dark side of human nature, but your characters are gentle. I read Memoir of a Mad Woman, and sadly, it’s a memoir and there are many unwritten of such stories out there. I still have your third book, Vashti!

    • Hi, Miriam! Sometimes people forget that churches, synagogues, and mosques are just buildings and you’re not guaranteed to become your best self just by spending time in one. Also, priests and rabbis are simply human and human beings make mistakes. I also consider myself a spiritual person rather than a religious one.
      Thank you for the observations on Son of the Serpent and Memoir of a Mad Woman. I’m grateful that you read and reviewed them. Happy Sunday! 😀

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    • Such a great time, Vashti. I loved it. <3 Let me know if you sell any books. <3

      • It’s been great fun, Colleen. I have sold several books, especially The Fall of Lilith. I think some people may be intimidated by Son of the Serpent’s cover––with the red demon-like creature on the cover but Dracúl is such a sweetheart. He tries so hard to always be good. 😉

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  9. D.L. Finn, Author

    What a great interview ) I’m a big fan of Vashti’s work (and Scribbles) and I found her take in her books refreshing, my favorite being Son of Serpent. We definitely have both sides and I like to dip into both, too. I find healing in nature, too as well as believing in the power of the mind!

  10. Great interview Colleen. I really enjoyed hearing in depth about your writing, Vashti! (K)

  11. A really wonderful interview. Thank you, Colleen! I love Vashti’s statement on church and faith, and his way making horror to a great reading event too. Michael

  12. A wonderful interview, sis. I love Vashti’s books and can’t wait to read the novella. xxx

  13. Hi, Colleen! Wow! What an amazing job you’ve done setting up this interview. I’m so grateful. I’m going to share it everywhere! Thank you, my friend! <3 xo

  14. Enjoyed learning more about Vashti. Loved this line: I believe the mind is a powerful instrument and people can achieve miracles with the power of positive thinking. <3

  15. This is a fantastic interview, with some honest answers. Thank you Colleen for shining light on Vashti today.
    I love her powerful style of writing that transports you into a different world. There is a streak of light that keeps shimmering even through her dark characters. I have read all the three books mentioned here and look forward to more. Stay blessed ladies.

  16. Loved reading this insightful interview Colleen.. I happen to love fantasy books on the mystical and magical side 🙂 Enjoy your day <3

    • Sue, Vashti makes these characters come alive. I’ve loved this series about angels. There is some interesting mythology about “fallen angels” and who or what they became. Each culture seems to have stories associated with the angels. Great fantasy for sure! <3

      • And all with a thread of truth weaved through them 😉

        • I tend to agree. My newest book will feature the Rusalki fey from Russia. It’s a WIP but I’m trying hard to stay within the confines of the mythology. It makes it all seem so much more real. <3

          • Within many cultures the truth is hidden in full view, but over the millennia distortions are created.. The gods… lower case intended, fallen ‘Angels’ .. Churches with their gargoyles, serpents, dragons, etc…

            I think many will be witnessing more mythical creatures as the ‘field’ begins to dissolve for those awake enough to See them.. Little by little strange things will be witnessed, which can not be explained away..
            Fairies are among the 5D, I am sure.. Your new book in progress sounds fascinating, and we then have to ask ourselves from where does our ‘imagination’ come from? 😉
            Wishing you well with your writing Colleen.. Truth is stranger than Fiction as they say 😉 🙂
            Much love <3

            • I have no answers for the things I see (in my head)… I had a magical experience with a hummingbird this morning flying right next to me to drink from the feeder. She acted as if I wasn’t there. It was perfect for me to observe her true beauty. I’m exploring the different dimensions learning the ways of the ancestors. I got goosebumps when I read your message. Hugs and love, my dear friend. <3

          • Colleen, your WIP reads fascinating. Happy writing and may the muse be with you.

          • Colleen, email me in reference to the beta reading request, so I can get the details. 🙂

    • Thank you for stopping by, Sue! I appreciate your comment. 🙂

  17. Fantabulous interview, and Vashti’s answers did NOT surprise me! Loved all Vashti’s answers, and her books! I’m not much of a fantasy reader, but I very much curious about angels and demons and was hooked on Vashti’s angel series, and Memoir of a Mad Woman was absolutely gripping! Looking forward to the next book Vashti Q! <3 xoxo

  18. The books look really good. Anyone who loves dogs gets my attention.

  19. This is one of your best interviews. It probably helps to have a guest like Vashti, and I feel like I know her better now. I was reminded of an old quote, “Going to church does not make one a Christian any more than standing in a garage would make them an automobile.”

  20. Great interview, Colleen and Vashti 😊

  21. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Head over to meet Vashti Quiroz-Vega in conversation with Colleen Chesebro.. a fascinating interview.

  22. A fabulous author interview, Colleen. My new book is along these same lines as Vashti’s in that it features, God and Satan. I am definitely not anti-religion, in fact, I believe I am quite a religious person I just don’t always appreciate the man made structures of the traditional churches.

    • Ohhhh… I can’t wait to read your book, Robbie. I agree with you ladies. I’m sure by now, everyone can tell I’m quite eclectic in my belief system. I’ve embraced my inner witch late in life, but that has opened up so much for me. Being open to all is the way to be in my book. <3

    • I’m happy you enjoyed the interview, Robbie. We share the same thoughts on places of worship. I’m excited about your new book! Happy writing! 😀

  23. Oh, I absolutely love Vashti and her Angel series!
    I agree with your thoughts on religion.
    If God is out there, he can see us everywhere, not just in a temple or church, worshipping. He knows us inside and out.
    And as long as you are a genuinely good person, it matters not, how many hours you put in at your chosen place of worship. 💜🙏🏽

  24. Another great interview!! It is refreshing to read about Vashti and her positive attitude. xo

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