Please help me welcome Estevan Vega, author of the novel ARSON, to The Bawdy Book Blog today!
About Estevan Vega Some kids want to be a rockstar. Some kids want to be rich and famous. Some aspire to be a Hollywood celebrity. Okay, okay, let’s be real…any of those would be awesome. But how many kids want to be a writer? The number tends to shrink a bit, right? Well, for Estevan Vega, who began writing passionately in the 5th grade, writing became the only destination.
Spending most of his childhood infatuated with comic book characters and creepy movies, he began sketching some of his most beloved characters. Art naturally captivated him. But his desire to one day join the ranks of the artists at Marvel or Disney got hugely overshadowed by an even bigger and possibly crazier ambition: writing. His dad is mostly to blame. After all, it was his idea to pull him away from the television one night when he urged, oh, so poetically, for his reluctant son to shut his eyes for a moment and imagine a new world full of exciting possibilities. The rest is history.In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.
In addition to writing, Estevan Vega watches way too many movies, loves going to concerts, spending way too much time on Twitter, and yes…he’s eagerly anticipating that movie deal. C’mon, Hollywood…whenever…
~Can you tell us something interesting about your writing process? You mean, aside from the fact that I procrastinate constantly or spend most of my time watching movies? Yeah, I got nothing.
~What part of the writing process is the easiest/hardest for you? Writing the book, and even that can be hard sometimes. I say writing because sometimes the hardest thing for a writer to do is just sit there and write. Maybe we’re all just secretly (or not so secretly?) A.D.D.
~Who is your favorite character (that you’ve written)? Arson.
~Are any of the characters inspired by someone in real life? Yup. Several of the characters in my Arson series are taken from bits of my real dysfunctional life.
~If you could jump in to any book and live there, which book would you choose? Probably a book about aliens. I just have this aching desire to know if they really exist. Although, that might by a dangerous request, seeing as how aliens are usually here to, um…destroy us.
~Do you remember the first book that kept you up all night reading? What was it? Probably Ted Dekker’s Green. It’s the beginning/end of a series. I wasn’t up all night, but it was good, and I would often get through several chapters at a time. This might be insignificant to many readers, but although I am a writer, I don’t often get to read a bunch of stuff, and even when I do, it’s short increments of time in between, so when something holds my attention enough for me to have to know what happens next or how it ends…that’s a winner.
~What is the best piece of advice you have ever received in your life? Who gave it to you? Chillax, Estevan. And a lot of people have told me this. I tend to freak out.
~You have a million fortune cookies; what’s the one thought you’d put in them? Hey, you! Yeah, you. Stop stuffing your face and go read a book.
~Who is your all time favorite fictional book character? Off the top of my head, probably The Giver. Also (and I’m probably cheating by mentioning a fictional film character), Anthony Hopkins’ character in Hearts in Atlantis. They’re kind of the same person. Both sage, old men. Both made an impact on a young boy’s life. Both memorable. I think it’s just cool to see wisdom and knowledge being passed down from generation past to now, and the fact that both character possess a supernatural ability…sold.
~If you didn’t have writing, what could you see yourself doing? What would you LOVE to do if you were not doing this? This is a hard question to answer, because that’s my passion and what I want to do until the day I die. Some people wanna climb Mount Everest. Some people wanna date Kim Kardashian (wait, um…). I wanna write. When I was much younger, I wanted to be a sketch artist and work for Disney or Marvel. But then I fell in love with writing and creating fictional worlds. It just kinda took over. Apart from this, I don’t know…maybe a teacher. I think I might be pretty good at that whole corrupting the young minds of America bit.
- Paper book or ebook? Ooo…this one’s gonna start some ish. Personally, I like reading an actual book. But the author in me loves the whole eBook thing. It’s just awesome what it has allowed writers to do.
- Morning person or night owl? Hoot.
- Pantser or plotter? Nonplussed
- Pepsi or Coke? As a kid, Pepsi. In my old age, Coke. Vanilla.
- Facebook or Twitter? I may be married to twitter, but I see facebook on the weekends, and every other Thursday. She’s a needy mistress.
- Food: Too many to choose, but since I’m near Philly as I’m typing these answers, I’m gonna go with Philly Cheese Steak. Just flat-out awesome.
- TV show: Psych
- Sports Team: What are sports?
- Vacation destination: This changes. But right now, I would love to drive up the coast of California. Start at the top or bottom and just go up the whole coast.
- Song of the Moment: Courtesy Call by Thousand Foot Krutch
ARSON is the first book in a Young Adult Paranormal series. Book two, ASHES, is also available now.
ARSON GABLE FEELS LIKE A FREAK. HE CAN CREATE FIRE. HE NEVER ASKED FOR IT. HE NEVER WANTED IT. BUT HE CAN’T SHUT IT OFF. Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl–who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin–moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he’s never had: purpose. After years of living in fear, he will be forced to confront his haunting past and embrace the unknown as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Edgy, realistic, and breathtaking, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated teenager with unimaginable ability, is set to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.
Thank you, Mr. Vega, for stopping by The Bawdy Book Blog and answering a few questions, it was great having you!
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