Hi, I’m Daniel Verastiqui.
I write books about relationships and identity in the larger context of ubiquitous technology, pervasive violence, and questionable nudity. My work is heavily influenced by Science Fiction greats like Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, William Gibson, and Richard K. Morgan, as well as other literary powerhouses like Stephen King, Ken Grimwood, Vladimir Nabokov, and Anais Nin. Non-fiction influences include Carl Jung, James Hollis, Viktor Frankl, and Marie-Louise von Franz.
I’ve been writing stories since I was 10, but it wasn’t until college that I started writing in earnest thanks to a few well-timed classes about twentieth century short stories and creative writing. Short stories grew into novellas, and finally in 2007, a novella grew into my first novel, the rough-but-lovable, Xronixle. Since then, I’ve stuck to the longer format as it gives characters and worlds time to truly evolve.
My writing philosophy can best be described by a quote from Immortal Beloved: “It is the power of music to carry one directly into the mental state of the composer. The listener has no choice.” Just… you know… with books.
Daniel Verastiqui has an obsession with giving his characters great big heaping gobs of amazing technology, and then watching them screw themselves with it.Travis Holmes
I love writing. I love telling stories. Read some of my books and you’ll see.
As of January 2019, my greatest literary achievement has been being retweeted by William Gibson.
I became a father at the ripe old age of 37 and now I lament how quickly my son, El Matador, has learned to walk. My family is rounded out by a beautiful photog wife, Dominique, and two ferociously lovable pups, Cheyenne and Jetson. We all live together in a mid-century colonial yurt in East Pflugerville, Texas but tell people we live in Austin.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long can you hold your breath?
A: A little less than the time it takes to change the trash bag in the diaper pail.
Q: Weekend at Bernie’s 1 or Weekend at Bernie’s 2?
A: They are equal masterpieces in my eyes.