Monday, March 04, 2013

Ashes Tour Stop: Interview with Estevan Vega

Today I've got the Ashes blog tour stopping by, I've got a fun interview with Estevan that I'm sure you'll enjoy, he's a pretty... interesting guy! ;)

Estevan Vega
Series: Arson, #2
Genre:YA Paranormal
Publication date: September 11th 2012
by StoneGate Ink

ASHES is a YA paranormal thrill-ride. Book 2 in the gripping Arson trilogy.


The minds running Salvation Asylum have abducted them for a dark purpose. A campaign has been set in motion to genetically alter mankind. Unknowingly, Arson has become the most vital instrument in this global scheme, initiated by a select group of brilliant scientists and cunning world leaders. Confused, trapped, and unable to fully manifest his abilities, Arson faces a new existence crawling with questions. Will he ever see Emery again? Is Grandma still alive? Can the fate of the human race really hang in the balance of one choice?

Nightmare and reality collide in Ashes, book two in the gripping ARSON trilogy. Love will be tested. Powers will shift. And the past will invade the here and now as Arson discovers a part of himself he has never before known and fights against his own shocking origins. Will this boy who once tempted fire be able to take on a fearful future? When the struggle intensifies and secrets come to light, will Arson be ready to accept the haunting revelation that there may be others out there, others like him?

Ashes series:
Find my  review of Arson, here!

Interview with Estevan Vega

Where did you get the concept for Arson?
I got the idea back in high school. I was in a very hard place in life, and I needed an “out.” My parents were splitting up; my older bro was leaving for the military. My life was spinning out of control. I needed a way to try and make sense of the world. Plus, going through the motions of everyday adolescence always seems to leave more questions than answers anyway. Oh, and I love the supernatural and exploring powers because I grew up infatuated with X-MEN and superheroes. So I created the world of Arson, a story about a boy who can create fire. The rest is history, peeps :}

Did you always plan on making it into a trilogy?
Originally no. It was going to be a closed case. But after much banging of my head up against the wall and mucho dialogues and of course, acquiescing to all the voices in my head, I decided to cave. I wanted to see if I could handle the pressure of writing a sequel. I wanted to explore the world of Arson more, get into the supernatural that was only hinted at in book one. Mission accomplished? I, um, think so?

So, if it wasn’t originally part of the plan to write more than one book, do you basically just wing it and hope for the best?

I know that it says Arson trilogy on your books and that you’re currently writing book 3. Will there be any more books after part three?
Not. Entirely. Sure. But. Definite. Possibility.

Do you have a crush on fragments?
Yes. Is. It. That. Obvious?

How is Ashes different than Arson?
Well, for starters it has more action. More characters. And a bigger plot. When I was writing Arson, I was focused on creating a centralized and conflicted world. In Ashes, I wanted to expand that world and show, really show, how the actions of one can impact the masses. It’s a sequel, so you know that’s how we do. But if you like character development and the doses of the supernatural sprinkled throughout the first book, then you will love Ashes, because everything just gets taken up a notch. Make that eleven.

Who’s your favorite character in Ashes?
Am I allowed to play favorites? I loved Adam. He’s like the darker side of Arson, so I really liked being able to incorporate someone else with abilities into this story. But the character I’ve really got my eye on is Krane. He’s probably the most underestimated one of the wh-wh-whole b-b-bunch.

Speaking of dark characters, a lot of your stories have a dark bent. Are you a troubled soul who sits up at night staring at the wall and saying things like “red-rum?”
If you say we’re in the safe zone, can I say yes? Ha-ha. No, the darkest I get is severe cases of pessimism. Apart from the bodies in my trunk and the copious amounts of spider webs in my bedroom, I’m not too weird. Wait…

Do you ever have a story take you to a place you weren’t expecting?
All the frickin time. I like to think I’m in control, but then my stories remind me that the opposite is most often true.

Can you please, pretty please stop being a jerk and just tell us the title for book 3?   
In time, precious. {insert creepy Gollum voice here} In time. But soon.

Okay, some other useless info we’re just dying to know…
Favorite ice cream flavor?
Check the bio on the back of the book.

Favorite band?

Favorite flick?
Inception. Go watch it three times. Right now. It’s Nolan’s best work.

Okay, least favorite season?
Winter. The cold just…sucks.

Apple or PC?
C’mon, son…I use a type writer. Wait, what decade is it?

Do you ever wish you were British?
Only on Thursdays.

Where can we stalk you?
Facebook: we are arson
Twitter: @estevanvega
Hit me up anytime.
Stay fly, amigos.

About the Author

Estevan's Website / Goodreads / Twitter
I’m a writer. Well, technically an author, because they say that you magically become an author (i.e. true creative) if you’ve published something, and you’re a writer if you haven’t (you know those closet aspiring geniuses who just scribble stuff into notebooks and hide it from the world?). But I still call myself a writer. I’m one of 4 brothers. The middle son. I guess that’s supposed to make me uber weird and dysfunctional, but the jury’s still out on that one. I love mint chocolate chip ice cream. Like, really love it. Watching movies and going to rock shows are 2 of my favorite pastimes, and I am addicted to telling stories.

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As part of the blog tour, Estevan and YA Bound have put together a fab giveaway!

Up for grabs:
Signed copy of Arson
Signed copy of Ashes
Custom Arson T-Shirt
E-books of Arson and Ashes (Nook or Kindle)
Custom Personalized letter from Estevan Vega telling you how classy you are ;)
$25 Amazon Gift Card

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