Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Conoce un poco mejor a este talentoso escritor: (traducido el Inglés por Mi!)
Gracias nuevamente por acompañarnos, y recuerda que mañana es el último día del Tour por este mes, puedes checarlo aqui Latino Book Examiner
The Sacred Sin, his second book, was published when he was 18, and shows a darker edge and deeper intensity than his first effort. The Sacred Sin bleeds with honesty and emotion, and tells the story of Jude Foster, a cynical self-loathing detective,assigned to bring down a serial killer capable of stealing victim's souls without ever touching them. Stopping this ghost killer, fighting against his demons, his inner darkness, may be the only path toward sanity and a new beginning. With a curiosity for the supernatural, as well as a feeling of discontentment with humanity's complacency, Vega’s story-lines dwell somewhere in between fiction and reality, a place where the world is as blurred and irregular as human choice and consequence.
Where are you from and where are you now? I have the privilege of being from New England, where the people seem ornery, with or without their morning coffee, and the winters last way too long. Connecticut, actually. Born, raised and stuck. But, I guess home is home. And supposedly, we’re a rich state. Not exactly sure that applies to young, Hispanic authors…yet. The last two semesters, I have bounced back and forth between home and Massachusetts, where I go to school.
When did you decide you wanted to become an author? How did you get started writing? I was in fifth grade, and I had made up my mind. It was time for me to become rich and famous. Never knew I could write, but I started getting A’s on English essays and short stories, so I decided to begin a book. That’s when Servant of the Realm, book number one, came along.
Tell us a bit about your latest book, and what inspired you to write such a story. On the one hand, The Sacred Sin is a creepy story about a cynical, self-loathing detective trying to stop a serial ghost killer capable of stealing victims’ souls without human contact. On the other hand, it’s about overcoming your inner darkness, that which corrupts, stains and eventually leads us to ruin. We all have it in us. The only question is: are we strong enough?
What was your goal when writing this book? To write something meaningful and spooky. Oh, and I wanted it to blow my first book out of the water. I think I achieved them all, but it’s the readers who truly decide.
Who is your target audience? Whoever wants to be. I’ve found a place with young readers, as well as adults. But the book has some dark material. Not for the faint of heart. ARSON is going to be a much more readable book, meaning that there will truly be something for everyone…from high school student to grandmother.
Technically speaking, what do you have to struggle the most when writing? How do you tackle it? Making my characters and their situations unique, real and palpable. I take pointers from my own life, mistakes, victories, longings.
When writing, what themes do you feel passionate about? Humanity. Their darkness. Their fragile nature. Their beauty. We are such a unique yet flawed creation, intricate and precious in our imperfection. Our passions and our weaknesses stimulate me, perplex me, and often leave me discontented. It’s a perfect place to start a story.
Do you have another book on the works? Would you like to tell readers about your current or future projects? Yes. What I hope is shaping up to be the best yet. I’ve been working on this one since the end of 2006. ARSON is a coming-of-age character story with a really cool supernatural angle, which I totally love. Arson is a boy who has the unusual ability of creating and manipulating fires with his mind. He hates the cruel world that hates him, but at least he understands it…until this strange girl with a mask comes along and changes everything.
Anything else you’d like to say about yourself or your work? I’m just one kid in a sea of chaos and loud voices. If you have something to say, say it. The world is too small to be unexplored, life too short to be unlived and to live unspoken. And if you get a chance, check out The Sacred Sin, and keep your eyes peeled, Arson should be coming your way soon.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Not too long ago I didn’t have any idea what a blog really was. Yes, I’d seen some but I hadn’t paid too much attention to them… until I started my own. I have to confess that at the beginning I was a little confused. I didn’t know how to post comments (or if I had the right to), I didn’t know what twitter was or what subscribe to my email, or follow my blog meant. Lately some folks (mostly family) have written me to ask me to explain how a blog works and how they can participate in it. So I decided to start a series of posts to explain the most basic terms and activities you can find in most blogs, then if you are new, too, you will know what to do. And if you are a blog expert, how about leaving a comment or your own tips so we can all know a little more?
This post is about how to post a comment on a blog. When I write a post, it is in some way unilateral, because I write about things I like or I’m interested in, hoping that others will find it interesting or useful, too. However, when a person leaves a comment the whole dynamic changes, because now we can “chat”. I cannot lie when I say that every time I see a comment I feel very happy (jumping on the couch happy!), this tells me that it is not just my mom (hi mom!) reading my blog :). Comments give me energy to keep writing, help me to know you a little better and offer me suggestions and ideas to bring relevant information to you. I know, from personal experience, that posting a comment can be intimidating, specially when you do not know how to do it, so for those of you who are like I was just a few weeks ago and as per requested, let me offer these few tips:
at the bottom of each post you will see this: Posted by Silvia at 6:00 0 comments
- Click on comments and a new window will load with a space to write your comment. Speak your mind!
- Choose a profile. Below the box you will see this “Comment as”. Click on the arrow and choose your profile, like google account (if you have gmail) or Wordpress, etc. If none of these suit you then you can choose one of the two last ones: Name/URL or Anonymous. If you choose Name/URL another window will load where you will write your info, click on continue and you will be back to the original “choose a profile” window. Click on the arrow again and your name should be there as an option, click on it. If you decide to use Anonymous, there is nothing else to do, but keep in mind that it could be easier to have your name if I or another person would like to respond to your comment. Don’t be shy and give us your name or nickname.
- Post your comment, click on the post your comment button, and another window will load.
- Authentification. Now you will see a text box with some funny written characters, just write exactly what you see in the space below (this is not a game :) this information tells the system that there is a person writing this and not a machine leaving spam for everybody to enjoy!). In some rare occasions this window doesn’t show up and you get this message: Your request could not be processed. Please try again. Not a problem, just click to post comment again and it will show up.
- Now your comment is visible to everybody!
It seems a little complicated reading the steps, but it is not. After you do it once, the rest will be a walk in the park. Don’t be shy and tell me something!