Author Interview Waiting on Justin Tour

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Today I’d like to welcome Lucy H. Delaney to my blog, author of new adult book “Waiting on Justin”.

1)      Have you been writing for a long time? What inspired you to start a writing career?
I’ve been writing as long as I can remember, before I even knew how to actually write, as a matter of fact. I used to make squiggles on paper and tell my parents what they meant and I’ve been telling stories with written word ever since. What inspired my writing career was a simple question from a student. I was leaving the most meaningful job I had ever had for a job making twice the money for no other reason than the paycheck. I felt horrible, like I was a sell out, like I was abandoning the youth I felt like God put me on this planet to help for nothing but more zeros to benefit me and my family. I apologized for leaving and he asked, “Well, what do you want to do?” At the time I gave him the answer I had rehearsed, but his question haunted me and the answer was, what I wanted to do was write. from that time on I finished my stories, wrote my queries, went to the conferences and did what a writer with a dream is supposed to do.  Within in 18 months of identifying what I really wanted to do with my life I signed with Booktrope and my dreams were on their way to coming true.
2) Is Waiting on Justin your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.
 “Waiting on Justin” is roughly fourth in the line. “Marcus Letting Go” a story of an average African American man who loses his wife in a tragic car accident is my first book. It was inspired by the movie, “PS I Love You,” and deals with the aftermath of loss. It’s not quite finished yet but has an ending that will blow your mind.

3) Why did you choose new adult as genre for your book?

I chose this genre because of the content and the students that inspired the story. The kids that I worked with have been through a lot. To sugar coat what they know and what children and teens suffering in abused and neglected situations deal would have been wrong so I didn’t want to call it Young Adult although many of the YA themes are present. I think it hits the new adult market well.

4) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Yes! WRITE! My favorite quote about writing, and I don’t know who said it is, “A writer writes. If you want to be a writer… write!” It doesn’t matter what you dream of, put action to it and you’ll move closer to what you want. If all you do is talk and wish, your dreams will never come true.

5) Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?

I’m constantly dreaming up stories to tell. Right now I’m finishing “Catching Tatum,” which is in edit phase with my publisher, Booktrope. It is the first book in the series that Waiting on Justin will be a part of and covers some of Justin’s time away from Haylee. I’m drafting “Finding Jordan” the third book in the series, where poor rebound boy, Jordan, finally gets a girl of his own. And I’m polishing up a sultry story called, “Scandalous Affair,”that will be out later this year as well. It’s a hot and steamy story about a high profile lawyer, Wren, and the choice he has to make between his long time Hollywood lover, Chelsea, and the executive assistant Rowena, who sparked the scandal.

About The Book

coverwaitingTitle: Waiting on Justin

Author: Lucy H. Delaney

Genre: New Adult

Can everlasting love grow amidst never-ending despair?  Best friends Justin and Haylee learn early on that the answer is yes. Their parents would rather spend time drinking and partying than raising children, so the two rely on each other for the care and emotional support they need. Over time, Justin and Haylee become lovers despite the age difference between them.

Theirs is a forbidden romance that would destroy them both if discovered.

The older of the two, Justin is more than a little rough around the edges. He does everything he can to protect Haylee from as much abuse as possible, but when tragedy strikes there is nothing he can to do keep her from being taken into the foster system.

The system meant to save kids threatens to pull the two of them apart.

Haylee begs Justin to run away with her, but the powers-that-be force him into an inescapable corner.

Blaming Justin for the distance that separates them, Haylee shuts out everything and everyone from her past – including Justin. She tries to forget him. She tries to replace him. But he is always there. So is her own addiction. When it finally gets the best of her, she finds herself utterly alone.

She soon discovers what Justin has always known: Their love was worth waiting for.

About the Author

lucydelaneyLucy H. Delaney lives with her blended family in the Pacific Northwest town of Leavenworth, Washington, nestled at the feet of the Cascade Mountains. When not tucked away in her writing room making up stories or standing in her cubicle in one of the offices of corporate America, Lucy spends her time with family and friends.

Along with her husband and four children, Lucy loves to be in nature: She can often be found on her homemade backyard swing, curled up with a good book, hiking the surrounding mountains or running country roads and game trails. A fitness enthusiast who regularly practices crossfit, yoga, and distance running, Lucy also volunteers for the Chelan-Douglas CASA organization and her church’s AWANA program to help keep kids safe and smiling.

Connect with Lucy online

Twitter: @lucyhdelaney

Facebook: Lucy H. Delaney

www.lucyhdelaney.com

Links

Available on Amazon.com in Kindle and paperback versions.

Available on BarnesandNoble.com in Nook and paperback versions.

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One response to “Author Interview Waiting on Justin Tour

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me on your site! Maybe I’ll see you back when Catching Tatum is out!

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