Q. Thanks for joining us today, Veola. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your books.
A. Hello! I am an indie author of two middle-grade illustrated novels, The Nickel Nuisance and The Penny Predicament. The third book in this series, The Quarter Question, will be published in early 2018. I was inspired to write this series by my son, who was an avid coin collector at the time. In these stories, I use the history of rare coins to help the main character learn lessons about everyday problems like bullying, friendship and having a good attitude in the midst of struggles.
Writing is my passion and I also have a women’s fiction novel that I completed this year. When I’m not writing, I work as a professor and psychologist at a university in Southern California.
The Nickel Nuisance
Jake is tired of feeling like a loser. Failure at baseball, feeling like a wannabe at school and facing bullies like a weakling, that’s his life. He’s starting to wonder if things will ever change or if even God can fix his problems. It’s not until he comes across a rare nickel with an intriguing story that life really starts to look different. But will things get better? Or will Jake end up feeling like an even bigger loser than before?
Q. I’d love to hear about your greatest success.
A. I’d have to say that my greatest writing success has simply been the independent publishing of my novels. Indie publishing is a ton of work. From the interior book design to the marketing of the published manuscript, the work doesn’t end. Beyond that, I was excited when I first developed my manuscript for The Nickel Nuisance and it won first place in the unpublished manuscript contest at the San Diego Christian Writer’s Conference in 2014.
Q. That’s wonderful! How about your latest success?
A. I most recently attended the Leimert Park Village Book Fair in Los Angeles and had an amazing time meeting readers and signing books. This was a fun and successful event in terms of getting the word out about my books.
Q. What have you found to be really challenging?
A. Although I love writing, the editing process can be grueling. Writing and re-writing take much time and effort. You can’t be faint of heart or give up easily when nearing the time when a manuscript is ready for publication. Making sure that a novel is ready to present to readers takes hours of focus. Beyond this challenge, the daily work of getting the word out never fails to keep me on my toes.
Q. Where can we keep up with you and buy your books?
Website & Author Blog: www.veolavazquez.com
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/veolavazquez
Also by Veola Vazquez, Convinced, a contemporary Christian novel for women.
Thanks for joining me in Rosco’s Reading Room today! Happy reading!