Save the Date: 7/26/20 – Vera Jo Bustos Interview

Vera Jo BustosLas Vegas Literary Salon invites you to an interview with native Las Vegan, Vera Jo Bustos, author of A Mindful Journey. The book is the compelling story of Vera Jo’s personal growth through athletics and emergence as a motivational speaker. Listen to her demo video here to put a zing in your step today.

A graduate of West Las Vegas High School, Bustos was a standout student and athlete, and known throughout New Mexico as a three-time Athlete of the Year selection. She still holds records at WLV for points, rebounds, assists, and steals during her high school career.

Bustos went on to play at Adams State University, where she was All-Time career scoring leader, helped lead ASU to their second straight – and second ever – NCAA tournament appearance, led the Grizzlies to their first three post-season wins in 19 years and made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.

Among her many successes was her year playing professional basketball in Thessaloniki, Greece. She averaged 11.2 points and 4.9 rebounds as a rookie in the Top Division Greek League.

She was inducted into the Adams State Hall of Fame in September 2019, one of the youngest inductees in Adams State history.

Bustos holds degrees in Exercise Science & Sports Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Sport Administration.

At the conclusion of her athletic career, she coached at Western Colorado University for two seasons and the University of New Mexico for five seasons. She currently serves as the vice-chair on the New Mexico Athletics Commission Board.

Bustos’ memoir, which will be the topic of the LV Lit Salon interview on July 26, is entitled A Mindful Journey.

This is more than a book about an outstanding athlete; it is the story of a young woman growing into her gifts through facing and embracing opportunity. It wasn’t easy and required her to step beyond self-imposed boundaries and take on new adventures that brought on unexpected challenges.

A Mindful JourneyFrom Vera Jo’s website: A Mindful Journey gives the reader a first-hand experience of Greece and its culture. With humility and humor, Vera Jo tells a story of resilience powered by connection to others. She takes us with her as she discovers the honest and sometimes brutal truth of the struggles of learning a foreign language, the obstacles of self-doubt, homesickness and loneliness, and the heartache and heartbreak that accompanies constant defeat.”

The book is available by special order from Paper Trail in Las Vegas (454-1337), from Vera Jo’s website and from online booksellers.

Zoom in on Sunday, July 26. To get the Zoom link, sign up below.

Note: Content for this blog was drawn from Bustos’ website:
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Sharon Vander Meer: I am an indie author of six books and two chap books of poetry. Check the BOOKS tab to find out more. Follow me at,, Amazon Author Central. I frequently write about my town, Las Vegas, N.M. Occasionally I use interesting and helpful content from other sources. I also invite guest posts. If you have a topic you would like to share, send to fsharon@msn. com.


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