Before people begin reading your novel,” I asked Estevan Vega, “what would you like them to know?” One thing, he said, is that “when I write, I begin with what’s bothering me. That might be what kind of changes I would like to see in myself or in others,” he said. “It usually starts off with what’s bad around me. ‘The Sacred Sin’ really delves into whatever it is that consumes people and makes them less than who they need to be. What people need to know is that they’ll find a little bit of themselves in the book.”
When you begin reading Estevan’s latest novel, “The Sacred Sin” (PublishAmerica), you’ll be involved in a tense, fast paced, hugely imaginative, page-turner – a supernatural thriller in which you’ll encounter the conflict between good and evil and even some soul stealing.
Los Angeles police detective Jude Foster is the novel’s main character. When we meet him, he’s struggling with his demons and trying to rebuild his life after being betrayed and left for dead, a year ago, by his partner, Morgan Cross.
An especially engaging aspect of “The Sacred Sin” appears near the end. It’s rain. That’s right: rain. In Estevan’s talented hands it’s menacing and parallels the situations in which Jude and his temporary partner, Rachel, find themselves. For Jude, we read, “every falling raindrop…felt like fatal wounds on his face; some burned.” Later we read, “The sky flooded with bigger drops now, heavy condemning drops that hurt when they hit.” At another point, Rachel runs “through the unrelenting rain needles.”
Estevan, a Portland, CT resident, had his first novel, “Servant of the Realm,” published when he was fifteen. “The Sacred Sin” was published when he was eighteen. He’s nineteen now, which prompted me to ask him if he’s tired of being queried about his age. “Not at all,” he said. “The way I see it, if I can be an encouragement to kids my age, especially if their dream is to became a writer, that’s great. If I can be entertaining to people older than me, that’s great, too.”
The best thing about writing, Estevan said, is “seeing myself in print. I remember that seeing my first book in print was an earth shattering experience.” As for the toughest thing, Estevan laughed and said, “Seeing my stuff in print.” Then he added: “And rereading not only the good stuff but the stuff that’s less than it should be.” While writing the book, he added, the editing process was the toughest: “What to keep. What to get rid of.”
As for Estevan’s future writing plans, he went to New York City a few weeks ago and talked with a few editors of major publishing houses. “One of them was from Penguin Group and has requested [the new book I’m writing],” he said. “I’m finishing it up and hope to have it out soon. I usually write dark, supernatural stuff. This is more of a departure. It’s a coming of age story and it’s set in CT.”