Interview with Andrea Arias

Who are your favorite authors?
Hands down: Joshua Harris, Tim LaHaye , Jerry B. Jenkins, Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, and C.S.Lewis. I've been hooked on Neal Shusterman's "Unwind" series for some time now, so him as well.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that I was put on this Earth with a purpose, and I have to complete the purpose for my life before I leave.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Studying and multiply that by infinity! I'm a college student, double major, so I tend to be busy. Besides school though, I work with the youth in my church, and I volunteer with an organization at my school. Spending time with family and friends is a given. But honestly, I'm always writing, here and there.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
From reviews online, and just word of mouth as well. People talk about good books enough, you become interested in finding how good they truly are.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! I wrote my first short story in second grade of elementary school, and absolutely loved my story, well, my seven year old self loved it! And then when I got a poem published in fifth grade, I was over the moon about that one, still am.
What is your writing process?
For me, writing is a combination of creativity and order. To get that going, I tend to have a series of what I call "writing sessions". Where I take time in my day, to just come up with ideas and write. Out of those moments are when some of my works have been produced. Sometimes though the inspiration comes spontaneously, and then I edit it later. Editing is a huge process for me, a very long, but needed process.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can exactly say that the first story I read had an impact on me, I don't even remember. But one time I read a book called, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. I fell in love with that book. I'm not one to pick up a war novel and become engrossed in it, but I absolutely loved that book. It was just the style the author used to convey the story, I loved the characters as well, I loved the motifs and symbols, the collection of short stories, but just the overall feel of when I finished reading it was great. You can tell when an author has taken his time and written his best. It shows. That's how I want to impact my reader, that they can tell that what they are reading took time and effort and creativity and that it was my best effort.
How do you approach cover design?
I believe that a well cover design attracts readers, so you have to be creative and have the right resources to make an eye-catching one. Thankfully, I know graphic designers and they have been helping me out with mine. But definitely reach out to people who have the proper resources!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) Do Hard Things -Alex and Brett Harris -motivational
2) Unwind- Neal Shusterman - Loved the plot and characters
3) I Kissed Dating Goodbye- Joshua Harris - talked about purity more than just romance
4) Left Behind Kids Series - Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins - loved the way they made the plot and the characters, the conflict was well written as well
5) Christy Miller Series-Robin Jones Gunn - loved the main character! and loved her adventures and the first person narrative that happened.
What do you read for pleasure?
Motivational books are great, but I really love fiction novels as well. But my all time favorite thing to read is poetry!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone for sure, because I can take it wherever I go. Second to that would be my laptop.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Self-advertising to everyone through social networks and word of mouth. Talk about your work, put it up on Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, Twitter, Tumblr, Blogger, I don't know maybe even Tinder!
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk! I write on my mattress, kind of unorthodox .
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the suburbs in a quiet neighborhood, so probably that's the reason I love to write. It was so quiet all I did was write and make up stories in my head.
When did you first start writing?
Around 2007 is when I bought a journal and I've never stopped.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My book that is coming out soon(!!!) is a collection of poems, around seven. It's like an EP, it's for people to get a taste of what I write, because I'm going to be publishing my a longer book of poems (about 30) later this year.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I told myself I would publish something as I got older. Well, I'm getting older and I've only published one poem as a fifth grader! So it's time to DO THIS!!
Published 2014-03-13.
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