R. J. Machado De Quevedo
R. J. Machado De Quevedo, author of The Deceiver Saga, lives in Northern California. Having grown up with meager resources, R. J. learned early on that joy can be found in the simple things and that imagination is a wonderful escape. R.J. is also a motivational speaker, blogger, musician, model and artist. She enjoys kick boxing, riding motorcycles, shooting guns and taking long walks with her husband.
R. J. always enjoyed creative writing or journaling but never had any aspirations to become a writer. She only took one creative writing class in high school and English101 in College. In elementary school, R. J. had a difficult time learning to read and would spend hours trying to memorize her spelling words. In second grade, she was assigned to “the turtles” reading group at the back of the classroom along with the other children who could barely read. It was a constant crush to herself esteem. Her parents were not hands on when it came to assisting with her homework or educational needs. Their idea of parenting was to force her to sit for hours and try to memorize the words. It was her older sister, Bethany, who tried to teach her.
It wasn’t until seventh grade that R. J. decided to fight her way through the Little House on the Prairie series at her sister’s recommendation. And it was then that her reading skills truly began to improve. She took an interest in her own education and forced herself to press forward for fear of drowning in the rush of junior high and the pending doom of high school. Up until then, she had always been able to get through by what she heard or saw in class, but the reading was like a fortress her mind just couldn’t penetrate entirely.
Though reading and spelling were difficult for her as a small child, R. J. always enjoyed taking turns making up stories with her sisters at bedtime. While living in a rundown trailer park in fifth and sixth grade, thinking up stories with surprise endings to entertain her friends in the neighborhood had become her escape from the reality of her family’s poverty and misery. Being a Star Trek fan like her father, she attempted to write a script in the seventh grade with the intention of sending it in, but became so frustrated with her inability to spell properly and master her father’s old typewriter, that she gave up three pages in.
However, as a young adult, R. J. became an avid reader after she pressed through book after book. Soon, reading had become an addition and a never ending craving! She went to college and earned her degree with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. R. J. had no aspirations to become a writer, nor had the intention ever presented itself as she was still under the belief that she wasn’t good enough to even dream of such a thing.
However, after having a dream one night that demanded she tell the story, she starting writing her first novel in March, 2010. R. J. was so overcome by the passion she felt from that dream that she knew she just had to write the books. She felt her heart and soul burning with a passion she didn’t even know she possessed, or perhaps, she had been too afraid to let herself truly feel. And with the passion to write came the dream of The Deceiver Saga. What was only going to be four books originally, has now expanded in her mind to a possible 7 or more!
Shortly after finishing The Deceiver, R. J. submitted the manuscript to Tate Publishing and Enterprises out of Oklahoma. Within four days, she was offered a publishing contract by their Associate Director of Acquisitions. She received the contract on Friday, July 13th, 2012. And the rest, as they say, is history.
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