By Kari MuzerMiddlesex Community College is filled with many talented students, not all of them are published writers with five novels and multiple short stories, though, like Estevan Vega.
Vega began writing when he was in fifth grade, and found that he had a true passion for it. By the age of 15, he had published his first novel, “Servant of the Realm.” Three years later, his second novel, “The Sacred Sin” came out.
His first two books came out of conversations with his father, and he took one sentence his father would say and write an entire book around that.
When Vega was 17, he published an extremely well executed and emotional novel called “Arson.” This story centered around an isolated boy from Conn. who could start fires with his mind.
Bestselling author Robert Liparulo says about Vega, “It’s a testament to his talent that Estevan Vega can turn a dark, disturbing story into an intriguing page-turner. Quirky, complex characters and Vega’s storytelling skills make “Arson” a must-read … and Vega an author to watch.”
In August 2011, “Ashes” came out and Vega says that this book is a remix of “Arson.” It was written in a different style, because he was older. He was able to examine things that he didn’t understand when he was 17. Both “Arson” and “Ashes” are impressive accomplishments.
His newest book, which was released this March, is titled “The Forsaken,” and is currently available through Amazon.
This book has gained a lot of praise already. It is a creepy serial killer thriller with a slight supernatural twist that really is a page turner.
“In ‘The Forsaken,’ Estevan Vega sticks primarily to what he does best: dark, twisted, and utterly fantastic. An edgy, psychological thriller. Pick this one up,” says Josh Olds from LifeisStory.com
Vega is currently taking Women’s Lit here at MxCC. On April 23, there was a book signing held to promote his newest book.
The reading went well, with many interested students from different classes in attendence. Vega was happy to answer questions the students had about publishing their own books.
Books are available in the bookstore on campus, or by going to Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Support this local writer, and be sure to check out some of his amazing work.
“There is no discrimination in writing, you can be anything,” Vega poignantly stated. He is an incredible example of some of the impressive talent that is around us.
He certainly has had an exciting writing career already, and seems to have no intention of stopping anytime soon. Keep an eye out for more by Vega, he is a remarkable young man.