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18 Aug

A song writer and an imaginative dreamer, meet Andrea Hintz…

JR: Tell us about yourself, and how would you describe yourself?
AH: I would describe myself as a dreamer who has a lot of imagination. Most of my stories come to me in the midst of a day dream about various scenarios that start playing in my head. I would also describe myself as ambitious and driven when it comes to marketing my work.

Tesoro: Secrets of the Hidden Treasure JR: When did you first realise you want to be a writer? Who spotted that talent and what was the first thing you do knowing that?
AH: I first realized that I wanted to be a writer when I was about twelve years old. I used to lay in bed at night, thinking of stories that I thought would make great movies someday. I also had a love for writing and storytelling from a very young age. So one night, I put two and two together and realized that I would love to be a professional author. I would be able to tell my stories and love doing it. I was already such a bookworm, which made the idea especially intriguing to me. So I pulled out my notebook and began writing my first story.

JR: Do you have any formal education in creative writing? Do you think formal education in writing is necessary?
AH: I have a Bachelor’s degree in Public Management and Administration as well as eleven Associate degrees relating to business. They weren’t directly related to writing, but I did have to take a lot of technical writing courses that really improved my writing skills. Do you need a formal education to write a book? Absolutely not! But I do think that going to college and having to write essay after essay really helped to increase my writing skill much faster.

JR: Are you a full-time author? Do you have other activities as main source of income? How do you organise your schedule and time in writing a book?
AH: I consider myself a full-time author. But I also have my normal day job working in the financial industry. So basically I am a financial expert by day and a writer by night. I am able to organize my book marketing by using apps where I can pre-schedule my marketing posts so that my social media is running on its own all week. Then I check it all out over the weekends and study the results. I can make improvements based off of what I noticed was more popular, and then I schedule the next week of posts.

Perception and DeceptionJR: What made you decide to start writing something? What or who influences you?
AH: I started writing because I loved storytelling. My mom was a huge influence for me. She taught me how to write and encouraged me in my story ideas all along the way. My family continues to encourage me every day.

JR: What is the greatest lesson you have learned and/or greatest achievement you have reached as a writer?
AH: The greatest lesson would be that the more you write, the better you will become. I also learned that marketing is not easy. You have to find what is going to work, and that takes some time. I am still learning what works and what doesn’t. As for my greatest achievement, the first time that I sold 163 books in one weekend was an amazing memory for me. It was very exciting knowing that so many people were going to be reading my stories that had been so personal to me when I wrote them.

JR: Do you have habits in writing? Any specific time and/or place to write?
AH: I don’t necessarily have any habits. When you work a regular job and being an author is your secret identity by night, you really just write whenever your schedule allows you to!

Tesoro II: Secrets of a Captain's JournalJR: How long do you normally finish writing a book? What is the hardest part in the process?
AH: I get quicker at writing my books. The first book I ever wrote took me about a year to a year and a half to write and edit. It was also my shortest book. My most recent book, however, only took a couple of months to write and edit, and it turned out to be my longest book. So I could see the improvement in my speed and accuracy the more I wrote. The hardest part of the process isn’t writing the book or even editing it. It is the marketing. You don’t realize that marketing the book is more work than writing the book itself until you see that books don’t sell on their own without a little help.

JR: Do you have professional editors to furnish your books? If you do, any recommendation you would like to share to fellow authors?
AH: I read through my books several times on my own to edit them, and then I have my mom take a look at them with fresh eyes to help me spot the last few typos. My mom is a teacher and has that professional eye when it comes to writing so I never go to a professional editor. However, I hear a lot of great things about editors, and if you find a great one, having another set of eyes to review your book really helps.

JR: How do you think you have evolved creatively?
AH: I think that my writing has gotten better in general. I think that my stories have become more in depth and my characters have become more realistic.

Tesoro III: Secrets of a Fallen Crew JR: Do you ever face Writer’s Block? If you do, how did you overcome the situation?
AH: This is my favorite question to answer, and I have written guest articles about this on various blogs (you can find the links to those on my Twitter: @tesoroseries). Yes, I have writer’s block often. The best way that I am able to overcome this is by working on another activity. For example, I love to write songs as well. So when I can’t write a book, I go write a song. It gets my brain working in a different direction and helps me to think of different ideas for my books. Also, working on another book or story instead of the one you are stuck on really helps me. I have written two books at the same time before, and alternating between the two was a great way for me to get out of writer’s block.

JR: Do you have professional designer to design the cover and/or interior of your books? If you do, any recommendation you would like to share to fellow authors?
AH: I designed all of my book covers and the interiors of my books myself. I used my own face on all of my book covers so far because it was cheaper than hiring a model (it was free!).

JR: How do you involve in promoting your books? Any marketing technique you can share?
AH: Social media! Post something often and keep your readers updated!

JR: Give your thoughts about traditional publishing Vs. self-publishing?
AH: Both are wonderful ways of publishing and every author should do what they feel is best.

JR: How many books have you written (published and non-published)?
AH: I am working on book number eight right now. It is the sequel to Perception and Deception.

JR: What genre that you normally write, and what draws you to this genre? Do you always write in the same genre?
AH: I love to write fiction action / adventure! I tend to always stay in this genre whether it is treasure hunting or spy books. I just really love the excitement of writing an adventurous story.

JR: Of all the books that you have written down, which book that you think the best one? And what do you think readers will find most appealing about this book? What’s the “real story” behind this book?
AH: I don’t really think that one book is better than the other. I believe that everyone will be attracted to different books for different reasons. I think that readers will find the suspense appealing.

JR: Any other works in progress?
AH: I am working on two books right now. Check out my Twitter for regular updates here: @tesoroseries.

JR: What advice would you want to give to an aspiring writer?
AH: Never give up and write because you love it. Never make something you love a source of stress.

JR: How can readers discover more about you and your works?
AH: They can check out these links:
Amazon (Books): http://www.amazon.com/Andrea-Hintz/e/B00M3NM3A2
YouTube Channel (Music): https://www.youtube.com/c/andreahintz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AndreaHintzAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tesoroseries (@tesoroseries)
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8410206.Andrea_Hintz
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/andrea-hintz/9a/58b/7b5
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/andreahintzauthor/home

Andrea Hintz