Friday, April 07, 2006

Q&A: VICKI HINZE, PT 3


Concluding our time with prolific author Vicki Hinze, member of International Thriller Writers. She has been writing full-time since 1987, have written over thirty books—novels and nonfiction. Recent and upcoming titles include WAR GAMES #5, DOUBLE DARE (Dec. 05), ONE WAY TO WRITE A NOVEL (Jan. 06), IT GIRLS #6, BULLETPROOF PRINCESS (Feb. 06), THE PROPHET'S LADY (Mar. 06), HER PERFECT LIFE (Apr. 06) and COMMON SENSE GUIDE FOR WRITERS (Jun. 06).

She also posted her April newsletter this week.

Now, with further ado ...

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PART THREE.

You were an early supporter of International Thriller Writers—what are some of the things you have done on behalf of the group?
Little things, really. I'm an idea person. I suggested the ITW logo merchandise and created the products and others set up the store and handle the technical stuff. Right now I'm working on several projects, one of which will enable members to get their sales information from Book Span. Technically, I'm "Merchandising," but I interpret that liberally and MJ Rose indulges me.

Often I get an idea that I believe will benefit ITW and its members, and I email poor MJ with a "Can we do this?" When she emails back, "Look into it," then I do. Also, the Board will on occasion send MJ to me with a, "Will you look into this?" and I then go try to make it happen and report back the terms. So, as I said, it's little things, but ones I hope will be of benefit.

What about the organization (or, in the beginning, the idea of such an organization) appealed to you?
Thrillers needed their own organization. Falling under the MWA umbrella, they were rather lost in the shuffle. There wasn't sufficient focus on them to foster awareness even within the industry much less with readers. Many thrillers are wildly successful, and many others just need that awareness to connect seeking readers and writers to become wildly successful. I saw in ITW that potential, so of course, I was eager to be a part of it.

Why would you recommend joining an author guild like ITW?
Because together we can accomplish things on all fronts that none of us can do alone.

Of all the fine author organizations available, what about International thriller Writers do you feel sets it apart?
It came into being with an impressive slate of best-selling authors. Since inception, its actions have been deliberate, focused and effective. That sets it apart.

And in my humble opinion, it's an enormous blessing not just to its members, but to all who are impacted by them: editors, agents, publishers, booksellers and readers. Positive influences create positive influences, and the ripple widens.

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Many thanks to Vicki Hinze! Find her online at www.VickiHinze.com.

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VICKI HINZE, PT 1
VICKI HINZE, PT 2

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