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! 

160 Responses to “About the Author”

  1. Steve February 15, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    Thanks for coming to see me at Steve Says…come again, stay a while – have a drink even! Happy blogging, Steve…


  2. ShrutiInsights February 18, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    I must say..You cannot be ignored!
    And your writing cannot be ignored even a little!
    you are blessed:)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. TanGental March 20, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    Thanks for the visit, Vashti. Loking the haiku


  4. marjma2014 March 30, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    Hi. Nice to find you today, sounds like we have some common interests, judgng by your About Me page.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

      That’s great! It’s nice to meet you. Love meeting people with interests similar to mine. Welcome and I hope you come by often. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  5. John Foster March 31, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

    Great reading about you as well. I’m inspired by all you have been able to accomplish! Keep up the great work.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 31, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

      Hi John! Thank you! I still have so much more to do but that’s part of what makes life worth living. Great to see you. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  6. BWSBL April 20, 2015 at 5:59 pm #

    Who could predict The Usual Suspects?? C’mon!!! That was a great movie and it was great reading and getting to know about you.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 22, 2015 at 9:30 am #

      Ha, ha! I’m convinced that no one could have predicted that ending. That’s why it’s one of my favorite movies. I love Kevin Spacey too. Thank you very much! It’s lovely to have met you too. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Kevin J. Hotter May 8, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    Hey Vashti! Thanks for the kind words on my blog. You think there are enough photos of you on this page? Maybe add 5 more. hahaha. Just messing (getting you back for the momma’s boy remark lol). Anyway, great blog. Great meeting you. And, I will make sure to keep up with your new content as it rolls out. Have a good one!


  8. E. Rawls May 30, 2015 at 12:30 am #

    That’s so much fun that you got to travel to so many islands, and go cave tubing, and those large bats sound cool! 😀 Were these vacations, or missionary trips?


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 30, 2015 at 10:45 am #

      I had a great time. I’m not rich but I rather save my money and spend it on experiences rather than material things. They were vacation trips. I plan on having more adventures in travel in the future. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      • E. Rawls May 30, 2015 at 11:25 pm #

        That’s wonderful! I’d like to start saving for a trip to New Zealand. 🙂


  9. pattyalcala May 31, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

    Hi Vashti, I am nominating you for The Sisterhood of the World Bolggers Award. If for any reason you decline the nomination, I will not be offended. Please know that I treasure you work and want to recognize you for it.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 11, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

      Hello Patty! I’m so sorry for the late response. I wasn’t ignoring you, I haven’t been able to get online for almost 2 weeks. My laptop conked out on me and it’s been a nightmare. I finally resolved the problem and thank God I’m back. Thank you so much for the nomination. I feel honored to have been nominated by you and thank you for the kind words. 🙂 xx

      Liked by 1 person

      • pattyalcala June 11, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

        You are so welcome and deserving. I have been behind on some things too. I totally understand. I couldn’t do two weeks without a computer.


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 11, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

        It wasn’t easy. Ha, ha! Thanks for understanding. 🙂 xx

        Liked by 1 person

      • pattyalcala June 12, 2015 at 1:55 am #



  10. marjma2014 June 15, 2015 at 3:37 am #

    Hi, Vashti. Just to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Congratulations! If you’d like to accept here’s the link: https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/guess-what-ive-joined-the-sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers/


  11. Al The Author June 20, 2015 at 7:21 am #

    Hi Vashti, just stopping by to say thanks for following my blog. I’m glad we met through Ronovan’s haiku challenge – your haikus are amazing, and your comments on others’ posts are always so generous! Al x


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 20, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

      Hello Al! Thank you very much! I’m also glad we met. My comments are sincere, although I may get a little excited or passionate at times. You have an interesting blog, so it’s my pleasure to follow it. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      • Al The Author June 20, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

        Thank you! Good poetry should make you feel excited or passionate, so I take that as a great compliment 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  12. D.G.Kaye September 15, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    Great bio. I share number 7 with you 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 15, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

      Thank you Debby! What movie have you seen that you enjoyed and couldn’t predict the ending. I’d like to see it. 😉

      Liked by 1 person

      • D.G.Kaye September 16, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

        Now, I’ll have to think on that and get back to you. 🙂 I can’t honestly think of one right now that stumped me.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 17, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

        Okay, let me know. 😉

        Liked by 1 person

      • D.G.Kaye September 17, 2015 at 9:44 pm #



  13. the secret keeper October 3, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

    Hi! Tag your IT. Please go to the following LINK to find out what IT is. Hope you enjoy. Do as you will. http://thesecretkeeper.net/2015/10/03/3-days-3-quotes-day-two/

    Liked by 1 person

  14. M. L. Kappa May 13, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    I love travel, animals, nature and chocolate-covered strawberries too, so hi! Marina


  15. Marje @ Kyrosmagica May 13, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

    Hi Vashti, if you’d like to take part in this tag please do, I’ve nominated you to take part in a Writers Q & A tag if you’d like to join in (like being the word don’t feel you have to….) here’s the link: https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/the-writer-q-a-tag/


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 13, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

      Thanks for the nomination, Marje! I’ll work on this over the weekend and probably post it on Monday. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Cassie June 2, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

    Hi Vashti! I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award. Please accept and if you have some available time, join in on the fun. https://myetchasketchlife.com/2016/06/02/awe-me-a-liebster-award/ All the best, Cassie


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 2, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

      Hi Cassie! Thank you so much for the nomination! It is my understanding that the Liebster Award is for new bloggers with less than 200 followers. That’s definitely not me. I appreciate that you thought of me though. I haven’t gotten around to it yet but my plans are to make my blog an award free blog. Not because I don’t appreciate or like awards but because I just don’t have the time to respond to them properly. Still, I’m very happy that you thought I deserved this award. Thank you again. ❤ xx


  17. Sheila M. Good, Author June 7, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    I’m intrigued by your blog and history. It seems we have a lot in common. I wrote as a girl too – in a cow pasture- thus the name of my blog. I was also a L & D nurse for half of my career. And, I don’t trust people who dislike animals or lack a sense of humor. Thank you for joining the Cow Pasture fence jumpers and welcome. Cow Pasture Chronicles

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

      That’s wonderful Sheila! I’m hoping we can become great online friends and see a lot of each other. It was a pleasure joining the ‘Cow Pasture’ fence jumpers. Ha, ha. I will see you soon. Thanks for visiting and have a great day! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  18. Dermott Hayes June 15, 2016 at 10:17 am #

    Hi, Vashti, thanks for dropping in on Starman: Life on TrappistOne #6. I hope you read the rest of them because I’m going to get a start on No 7, soon. I’m also planning to write a screenplay based on the story. Since I haven’t reached the end of the first quarter, do you think you can predict the end?

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Natalie Ducey May 31, 2017 at 10:17 am #

    So lovely to meet you, Vashti! Love your adventurous, generous spirit. Cheers! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q May 31, 2017 at 11:36 am #

      Hello Natalie! It’s lovely to meet you too. Thank you very much! ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

  20. balroop2013 September 8, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

    Hi Vashti, you seem to be an interesting person. It’s your benevolence that attracted me to this page and I am glad I clicked on it. I am almost through your book and have enjoyed the adventures of fallen Angels. I an awed by your fantasy! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 8, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

      Hi Balroop! I’m so happy I had electricity long enough to read this comment. You’ve put a big smile on my face. I’m happy you’re enjoying the book. It means a lot to me. I’m going to take a picture of this comment with my iPhone so that I can read it later when the lights go out. Thank you so much for making my night. ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

  21. YesterdayAfter May 29, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

    Thank you so much for stopping by my Blog I am glad you enjoyed my interview to MJ Mallon I also have created the two character’s illustrations in her book! So happy to discover you and your beautiful Blog! I decided to “Follow” so that I can come back again and read some of your stories. I hope you will connect too! I am an artist full time and illustrator I love what I do and I use my creativity in many different mediums and ways. When I don’t paint and drawing I sometime write Haiku, poems and short stories when they are whispered to my soul! 😉 some of them have been published in anthologies! Hope to see you visiting back yesterdayafter.com! ❤ Carolina

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q May 29, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

      Hello Carolina! It’s wonderful to meet you. The illustrations you did for Marje’s book are gorgeous! I enjoyed visiting your blog and have also followed you. It’s great to connect and I look forward to reading some of your haiku poems as well as see more of your illustrations. Thanks for the follow and delightful comment! ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

      • YesterdayAfter May 29, 2018 at 3:16 pm #

        Thank you so very much I love to connect with other like minded and inspiring people! ❤



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