Character Interview: Robbie from The Basement

20 Nov

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog! My first novel The Basement is doing okay as far as sales! I want to thank all my fans and followers because without you guys this would not be possible. I also wanted to share my new book trailer (above). International Book Promo did a great job putting it together for me and I’m proud to show it off. I love it! I hope you do too!

Today, I am going to interview a significant person in my life. I’ve come to know him very well.

I speak of a young boy who goes by the name of Robbie. He is the main character in The Basement: Robbie’s Rite of Passage. Some of you have already gotten to know him quite well, others are in the process of getting to know him, but there are still many that have never heard of him.

Whether you’ve read The Basement already or have not had the chance to yet, Robbie is a boy worth getting to know, and this interview will reveal things that I don’t even know. So there will be surprises even for me.

I expect Robbie will be here at any moment.

(The sudden resonating echo of knuckles rapping on a door.)

Oh! That must be Robbie now.

(The clicking of high heels resound on the floor as Vashti, who dressed up for the occasion, walks to the door and opens it.)

Robbie’s here! I’m trembling with excitement. He is a handsome boy with eyes that reflect wisdom beyond his eleven years, along with a bit of sorrow. He has a dulcet smile. I can tell he’s nervous because he’s tugging on his checkered shirt, and his big brown eyes have not yet settled on one spot. Hmmm, I think we should get started before he changes his mind.



Vashti: Hi Robbie, how are you?

Robbie: Great!



Vashti: Lets have a seat and get comfortable so that we may start.

Robbie: Okay. (He looks around and sits with his hands together, rubbing them slightly.)



Vashti: Robbie, are you nervous?

Robbie: Um, yeah! (He giggles.)



Vashti: Well, don’t be nervous. I’m just going to ask you a few questions, and I want you to be as honest as possible with your answers. Your fans want to get to know you better. What do you think about that?

Robbie: That’s really cool.



Vashti: Who brought you to the interview?

Robbie: My mom.



Vashti: Oh, good! I’d like to meet her.

Robbie: I’m pretty sure she wants to meet you, too. You should go talk to her after this.



Vashti: I will certainly do that, Robbie. Now, lets get started.

(Robbie swallows hard and fidgets around a bit.)



Vashti: Robbie, do you enjoy school?

Robbie: Sometimes…um most of the times.



Vashti: When do you not enjoy school?

Robbie: Ah, there are, um, kids that pick on me sometimes.



Vashti: Why do they pick on you?

Robbie: I don’t know. I guess because I’m smaller than they are, and like, I get good grades and they don’t.



Vashti: Yes, you are an honor student. Your parents must be very proud.

Robbie: My mom is. (He lowers his head.)



Vashti: Your mom? How about your dad?

Robbie: (He shakes his head.) He doesn’t care. He’d rather I be an athlete like he was before he hurt his knee. He thinks I’m a wimp. I guess I am.



Vashti: Why, because you don’t play sports? That does not make you a wimp!

Robbie: My dad sure thinks so. He doesn’t care that I get straight A’s. My mom does care and we celebrate, just the two of us, on report card day.



Vashti: That’s very nice. How do you and your mom celebrate?

Robbie: We go to a bookstore in our neighborhood, and I get to pick out any book I want, and then we go for ice cream! (His face lights up.)



Vashti: That sounds like fun.

Robbie: It is.



Vashti: Robbie, do you think your father loves you?

Robbie: (His eyes fall to the ground, and he slumps a bit.) I guess he has to because he’s my dad, but he doesn’t like me. He wishes Nathan, Nestor or even Freddie were his son instead of me, I’m sure.



Vashti: Tell us — who are these people you mentioned?

Robbie: Oh! Nathan is one of my best friends, and he’s a very nice guy. We know Nestor from church. He’s a youth leader. All the kids look up to him. We call Freddie Spiderman because he’s the strongest teen in the neighborhood, and he does “Daredevil” stuff that no one else dares to do.



Vashti: What makes you think your father would rather have one of them as his son instead of you?

Robbie: My dad doesn’t yell at them or call them names like he does me. He puts his arm around them and pats them on the back when they do something that pleases him. I guess I never make him happy because he never does that to me.



Vashti: Tell me about Natasha.

Robbie: (He turns beet red and giggles.) What do you want to know about her?



Vashti: What is she like?

Robbie: She’s the most beautiful girl I know. She’s really smart, and she’s athletic too. She always beats me in a race. She and Barney are my very best friends. (Big grin.)



Vashti: Tell me about Barney. Do you think your father would want him as a son?

Robbie: Nah! Barney is too much like me. He’s a nerd, too! (He giggles.)



Vashti: Robbie, I’ve heard some disturbing news about something your father wants you to do. Could you tell me about that?

Robbie: Um. He… he wants me to go down to our basement at night. He thinks that if I go down there in the dark and kill the mice that nest there, I will prove to him and the neighbors that I’m a real man.



Vashti: What? You’re only eleven years old!

Robbie: I know! I told him that, but he says I have to do it anyway.



Vashti: Will you do it? Will you go down to the basement? At night?

Robbie: I have to! If I don’t, my father will go on believing that I’m a wimp and a scaredy cat. He’ll continue to call me names and embarrass me in front of my friends. I have to do it!



Vashti: Have you ever been down to your basement before?

Robbie: No, but everyone knows that there are creatures living in that basement.



Vashti: Creatures? What kind of creatures?

Robbie: No one knows for sure, but Barney’s cousin saw one. It nearly killed him!



Vashti: That’s terrible! Surely your father doesn’t know about the creatures. Otherwise he wouldn’t be sending you down there.

Robbie: He’s heard the rumors, but he doesn’t believe them. Anyway, he’s too drunk to care whether it’s true or not. I guess tonight I will find out unless my dad changes his mind. (Robbie stares straight ahead and tugs on his shirtsleeves.)



Vashti: Okay! Well, that is the end of our interview. Thank you so much for stopping by, Robbie. It was a real pleasure having you. Oh, and tell your mom to wait for me a moment while I wrap this up.

Robbie: Thank you. Bye!



(Robbie smiles faintly and walks away.)



Oh, I’m sure his father will reconsider and not make him go down to that scary basement. If not, surely his mother will not allow it, right? Of course! Robbie will be alright. Won’t he?


The Basement’s main character RobbieRobbie


Robbie’s dulcet smile


** The Basement is temporarily unavailable for purchase due to issues with the Publisher. It will be available again late this year.

52 Responses to “Character Interview: Robbie from The Basement”

  1. yobial3 August 20, 2013 at 5:00 am #

    This is a great, what a clever idea . I love it and felt like you were interviewing a real little boy. Good luck with the release Vashti I know you are going to be a great success. Congratulations on the release of your new book.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 20, 2013 at 6:08 am #

      Thank you Yolanda. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I had fun doing it. I hope you’re right. 😀


  2. Jasveena August 20, 2013 at 5:48 am #

    Oh my god, the interview is just too lovely Vashti!!! I am going to reblog and share this!!! Congrats!


  3. Jasveena August 20, 2013 at 5:51 am #

    Reblogged this on Thoughts And Views That Matter! and commented:
    Vashti Quiroz-Vega is a very supportive author friend of mine and I’m excited about her book’s release today!! It’s called The Basement and features Robbie as the main character. Vashti has done a brilliant interview with the main character, robbie and you should read what Robbie has to say about his father who wants him to go to the Basement at night just to prove that he is not a wimp.


  4. Bhamidipati Bharati August 20, 2013 at 5:57 am #

    congratulation and best of luck.


  5. rat August 20, 2013 at 6:04 am #

    such a cute post. cant wait to read your book.. i think i must read it for Robbie 🙂


  6. rcprice August 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Congratulations Vashti and good luck on the novel. I already know that it will be a success just by the interview. 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

      Oh that’s so nice of you to say! I’m glad you liked it Robert. Thank you! 😀


  7. Katie Cross August 20, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Congratulations! I’m on my way to get a copy now!


  8. nicolehubbard10 August 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    Hey Vashti,
    I am really happy your book is coming out. I know I have not been as active as I should be. I have had to take care of some family stuff lately. I will do all that I can to post comments on your other posts as well. From the interview you did with Robbie I can tell this book will be great. You are an awesome writer. 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 20, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

      Awwww! Thank you so much Nicole. You are very sweet, and believe me, I appreciate whatever you can do, no pressure. I’m glad you enjoyed the interview with Robbie. 😀


  9. The Vanilla Housewife August 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Wow! Congratulations Vashti! I can imagine you excitement.
    If you happen to see Robbie again please tell him I said hi. 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

      Ha, ha, ha! I sure will. I am very excited and anxious to see what happens from here. Thank you very much! 🙂


  10. Peter Licari August 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Congrats on the release! I can only imagine your excitement! I’ll be sure to buy it once I’ve secured gainful employment.


  11. Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Thank you Peter! I’m sitting at work trembling with excitement. Ha, ha! I appreciate you. 😀


  12. Bullying Prevention August 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    Awesome, Congrats, here’s to your every success and best of luck which I’m sure you don’t need…cheers lotsa luv


  13. now at home mom August 21, 2013 at 1:08 am #

    this is so nice Vashti, for a while there I thought it was a real interview! you wrote it very well, I loved it very much! 🙂 congrats Vashti on the basement release day! 🙂


  14. Erinn S August 21, 2013 at 6:03 pm #



    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 21, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

      Thank you Erin! xx


      • Jennifer Kirk August 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

        Congratulations Vashti, I am so happy for you, wishing you all the success you deserve, lots of love Jennifer 🙂


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

        Thank you Jennifer for your kind words and good wishes they mean a lot. 😀 xx


  15. Darrell Hageman August 22, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    Congratulations on the book!


  16. Angel Sefer August 24, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Congratulations on you book! The interview was a great idea! Best luck!!!


  17. Rosey August 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    I’m so happy you linked this up to Super Sunday Sync, I loved reading it!! Congratulations on your first published novel!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 26, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

      Awww! It makes me so happy that you loved reading it! Thank you so much Rosey! 😀 ❤


  18. attemptedauthor August 25, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Trump Diary.


  19. attemptedauthor August 25, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    Wow! This sounds like such a great book 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 25, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

      Thank you Peter! I’m happy you think so. 😀 Thanks for reblogging! 😀 xx


  20. Lori Zalewski August 26, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Congratulations on the new release! Best of luck to you! Brilliantly done character interview.


  21. Rebecca Lacy September 17, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    Isn’t it fun to interview your characters? We once had the Queen of Hearts as a guest blogger, but frankly she’s a bit of a diva, so I’m not sure we will invite her back. Congrats on the book and this lovely blog site. I’m looking forward to reading The Basement. I wish you much success!!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 18, 2013 at 1:04 am #

      It is fun! The Queen of Hearts? That’s so original and creative. I could imagine she would be quite a diva demanding people’s heads be cut off and all. 😉 Ha,ha! Thank you so much! It’s been a pleasure to meet you Rebecca. 😀


  22. Stacey Gannett (This Momma's Ramblings) November 25, 2013 at 2:02 am #

    Way to go, lady! I am so happy or you! Have a great week! Stopping in from the Show Off Weekend Party!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega November 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

      Hello Stacey! Thank you so much for your kind words. You have a great week too! xx


  23. Kenneth Goh November 30, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Yes, a good interview that capture my heart. Will pin to let more people aware of your interview. Cheers


  24. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) March 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

    love this!! brilliant post, thanks for linking with #readwithme x

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 17, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

      Thank you Chantelle! I’m pleased that you enjoyed it. Always a pleasure to link up on ‘Read With Me’––fun. 😀


  25. Stacey Guilliatt (@nobodysaidblog) April 9, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

    Love reading character interviews, this was great – love the sound of the book just from this #readwithme


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 9, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

      Thank you Stacey! I’m glad you enjoyed Robbie’s interview. I like reading character interviews too. 😀


  26. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) March 22, 2016 at 8:05 am #

    Love how you’ve managed to do this, gives the perfect insight to the character in the book! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 22, 2016 at 11:50 am #

      That’s wonderful. I’m glad you think so. Thank you very much. It was a pleasure sharing at the ‘Read With Me’ link party. 🙂 xx


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