About the Author

Fan Art by Gabby Hugo

Fan Art by Gabby Hugo


Hello! My name is Vashti Quiroz-Vega. I know, my name is a mouthful, but if you can learn Arnold Schwarzenegger, Saoirse Ronan, Charlize Theron, M. Night Shyamalan, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau––mine will be a snap. JUST KIDDING!

I share quite a bit about myself on this page (maybe too much?), I don’t know. I’m an open book (no pun intended) to the dismay of some of my friends. Pretty much what you see is what you get with me. I have been told that I have a bizarre sense of humor, a funny laugh and a raspy voice (you’ll hear for yourself when I post vlogs). I apologize in advance. Ha,ha! I hope you enjoy the info..

I blog about my writer’s life and experiences I’ve had. I write fantasy, suspense and horror short stories, articles about current events, social media, writing, anything and everything, and poetry which I share on Fridays (Haiku Friday). I also feature authors, bloggers, poets, artists and other creative types on my blog.

Why is my blog called ‘The Writer Next Door‘? I consider myself a people person and someone who’s very approachable. I try to see the good in people. I’m not easily influenced and I hate malicious gossip. I believe in ‘girl power’ and sisterhood between women, but I also respect and admire men. I’m not scary, although I can be a little weird at times. I’m a kid at heart and love to have fun, but I also take my responsibilities very seriously and work hard to achieve my goals.


Since I was a kid I’ve always had a passion for writing. I’ve always been a writer I just didn’t know it until later. It has always been easier for me to express my thoughts on paper .

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 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.

I love animals and nature and I enjoy incorporating them in my stories. You’ll read intriguing things about animals, nature and natural disasters in my character driven novel, The Fall of Lilith.



In my third novel “Dracul”, which follows “The Fall of Lilith” in my Fantasy Angels Series,  my  main character will be moving through time witnessing amazing and eerie historical moments unfold before him as he searches for his mother to exact revenge for attempting to kill him and leaving him for dead in the woods.


My novel “The Basement” is a MG suspense/thriller. It is currently available only in paperback due to the publisher going out of business (long story). The Basement will be relaunched later this year (2017) and will then be available in eBook and paperback.


You can read excerpts from my novel and works-in-progress on the Excerpts page. Please take a look and let me know what you think. Ultimately, the reader is what brings the author’s stories and words to life, and your feedback is important to me.


The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story”

~Ursula K. Le Guin 


10 Facts About Me

1. I sleep walk. (No, none of my writing has been done while asleep)

Sleepwalking_writer_shortstories_Vashti Quiroz-Vega_blog

2. I love to travel. I’ve been to Spain, Greece, Italy, Africa, Croatia, Alaska, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and many other Caribbean Islands among other places. There are still many countries I long to visit.

Croatia_world traveler_Vashti Quiroz-Vega_blogging

3. I have an adventurer’s spirit. I have zipped lined off a 1000 ft ledge onto a beach in Haiti, river raft in Costa Rica, did some cave tubing in Belize (saw huge bats), snorkeled in near freezing water in Alaska (I was covered from head to toe in a dry suit of course)…

Zip Lining in Haiti_Vashti Quiroz-Vega_blog_writer

4. I love to cook and bake. (I made all the hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and desserts for my novel “The Basement” Pre-Release Party).

The Basement Pre-Release Party

5. When I was a kid I wanted to be a superhero. When I was a teen I wanted to be a missionary and travel to exotic places to teach kids about God and how to read and write.

India_missionaries_teachers_Vashti Quiroz-Vega_blog

6. Although writing is my passion I do have a day job in the medical field. I’m a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. I perform Abdominal, OB/GYN and Vascular ultrasound exams.


7. I can predict how almost any movie will end by the first quarter of the movie. People have tested me on this.  ;D Some of my favorite movies are the ones I couldn’t predict.

Usual Suspects

8. I had an imaginary friend as a child.

Imaginary Friend_muse_writer

9. I’m a kid at heart. I enjoy being silly and pulling practical jokes on my friends and family.

Silly Blonde

10. I don’t trust people that don’t like animals or don’t have a sense of humor.

Vashti Quiroz-Vega


You can visit my Author page, Vashti QuirozVega Author Page on Facebook. Click “Like” if you approve.

We can also connect on Twitter, Goodreads, and Tumblr too!

Well, I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about me. Please stay a while and perhaps read one of my short stories. Comments are greatly appreciated. Thank you! 

185 Responses to “About the Author”


  1. March’s Books #BookReview | But I Smile Anyway... - April 1, 2019

    […] And some that I read were from authors I know from the Blogisphere, like Geoff Le Pard and Vashti Quiroz-Vega. One book in particular, I found really hard to read, it took me nearly two weeks, so the numbers […]


  2. Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, “Belief & Strange,” No. 94 Recap, #SynonymsOnly | Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry - October 27, 2020

    […] I selected Vashti Q. Vega, from her blog, The Writer Next Door. Vashti’s offering is a story and a poem. Not only is […]


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    […] week, I’ve asked Vashti Quiroz-Vega to choose the prompt for next month’s theme challenge. Please email your choice of theme to me at […]


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    […] the fourth week of the month! Are you ready for a theme prompt? Vashti Quiroz-Vega, from last month’s challenge, picked the theme. I’m excited about this one… […]


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    […] Tanka Tuesday #240 today with a theme prompt. Lullaby. It’s the fourth week of the month!  Vashti Quiroz-Vega, from last month’s challenge, picked the theme. I’m excited about this one… it’s something […]


  9. “A Mother’s Song,” Crapsey cinquain trio, #TankaTuesday – Colleen M. Chesebro - August 25, 2021

    […] our #TankaTuesday challenge this week, Vashti Q. Vega, selected an excellent theme—a lullaby. I wasn’t sure what I would write, so I just let the […]


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    […] :- Thank you Colleen. M. Chesebro for hosting Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #240 and  Vashti Quiroz-Vega for picking the theme “Lullaby”. For rules please refer here. Thank you all for […]


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