Tony Hernandez, born José Antonio de Anda Hernández, is a writer from Phoenix Arizona. Born and raised in Phoenix, he is the son of two parents from Mexico. His father is from Juarez Chihuahua and his mother is from San Luis Sonora. They met in Phoenix in the early 70’s during one of Arizona’s economic booms. His father, Tony Sr., born José Antonio Piñon Hernández, worked in construction all his life. His mother, Catalina de Anda Encinas Hernandez, came to America with her family to find treatment for her brother Jesse, who suffered from hemophilia. He passed away from complications to hemophilia in 1991.
Since hemophilia is a hereditary disorder, Tony was also born with his uncle’s strain of severe hemophilia. As an infant, Tony contracted HIV and Hepatitis C from tainted medication.
Coupled with that, Tony was born into poverty in a very low income area of Phoenix Arizona’s west side area. Nevertheless, Tony has tried to make the world a reflection of his actions and not be a reaction to what he was given.
He is the youngest of three children with two older sisters, Cathy and Linda. He is unmarried and has no children.
Frequently Asked Questions
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I’m not sure there ever was one moment when I thought this is what I wanted to do, all I know is, I like doing it. My first draw to the craft was the challenge.
What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Please see below, On the craft of writing
What is your favorite book?
Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy. As of this writing I’ve read it four times.
What is your favorite movie?
It’s a tossup between Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Basically, Harrison Ford is the coolest guy on earth.
What is your favorite food?
Whatever my mom’s making. And cheeseburgers. And cheese pizza. Cheese anything, really.
Mac or PC?
Mac of course. I’m not an animal.
What is your religion?
I am a recent convert to Roman Catholicism. I was formerly an atheist.
What is your birthday?
January 13th, 1979
What is your political affiliation?
Today, I’d be considered a moderate Republican since I support immigrants. Not a Tea Party guy, at all. I love John McCain, so that should tell you a lot about me.
So what do you watch? Fox News, CNN, or MSNBC?
None. The news is excrement. Don’t treat your mind like a toilet.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Reading or watching sports. I also love to travel.
Do you have any other hobbies?
Yes, language learning is a passion. I speak English and Spanish fluently and I have passable Brazilian Portuguese and French.
What are the happiest and saddest moments of your life?
The happiest moment of my life was when Luis Gonzalez hit that baseball over Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter’s heads, Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. My saddest moment is when the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. I still don’t want to talk about it.
What sports teams do you support?
I’m a total homer. I support the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona State University, and the Phoenix Suns. I am a very patriotic guy and love soccer, so I’m also a huge fan of the United States Men’s National Team. It doesn’t matter what the event is, if there’s a thumb wrestling contest between countries, I’ll be in the background cheering “USA! USA!”
You said you like soccer. What team in Europe do you support?
Whichever team my future wife’s family supports.
On the craft of writing
I wrote several blog posts about my experience with writing. You can read them here: