Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Girl I let Heist my Blog -- Julie Ann Lindsay

So I have never, in all of my blogs lonely existence, done an interview for an author.  I reference them, I congratulate them and talk about them, but never have I let one completely heist my blog.  Until today.  That says something about how sweet and amazing I think this girl is!  Meet Julie Ann Lindsay.

Hi Trisha! Thank you so much for having me over to blog for you today. This is my very first blog tour and I am giddy with excitement. While YA is my genre of choice for reading, I landed a series writing sweet romances novella style. I thought I’d tell you how that happened!

How My Love of YA Led Me to Write Sweet Romance
I read YA at an alarming rate. All my favorite authors at this point in time are YA writers. I got started and can’t seem to stop. After a hundred or so YA novels I realized what it was that had me hooked. The romance. I discovered this when I started a book that had an incredible heroine but by page 30, there was no hero in sight. I flipped some more and still no hero. No man to make her heart flutter. No guy messing with her concentration. I put the book down.

I started another and yummed it up fast. Then another then another. But. Then I came across another no romance YA and was dumbfounded. It took a long time for the light bulb to come on. Maybe it wasn’t the teens or the high school drama or the limitations provided by parents (another level of complication I love). I loved the romance!

With this in mind, I set out to write a killer romance. I wanted to capture the stress and anxiety of first love and wrap it into a story readers would swoon over. While YA isn’t my strongest genre to write (enormous understatement of a lifetime) I wanted to deliver a tale of epic romance. I wanted to write a story that made people to stop reading, put the book down on the table and kiss a stranger. So, when I came across the call for authors on the Turquoise Morning Press website, I was ready. They were open to sweet romances and look at that! I wanted to write sweet romances! We are a match made in heaven LOL.

In the year since I found that call for submissions, I’ve finished a series of sweet romance novellas called the Seeds of Love series and went on to write a novel length sweet as well. I can’t seem to get out of Honey Creek. I love the setting and the characters too much to leave anyone unhappy or in need of a little romance. I just keep going back!

I hope you’ll visit Honey Creek. It’s a beautiful place where anything can happen. Kick off your shoes, relax into that porch swing and cuddle up to a steamy mug of cider. Taking a trip to Honey Creek is as easy as Amazon : ) See you there!

Bloom by Julie Anne Lindsey
In a town filled with her past, she never expected to find her future…
Seven years ago Cynthia left Honey Creek with a broken heart. Three years ago Mitchell arrived with one.  Now Cynthia’s come home, and these two hardened hearts can’t stop arguing. If they’d only take a break long enough to find some common ground, they might be surprised to find love can grow anywhere.
If they’ll let it, love will find a way to Bloom.
*Bloom is book one in my new Seeds of Love series.  I’ll be planting those seeds all year.

About Julie:
I am a mother of three, wife to a sane person and Ring Master at the Lindsey Circus. Most days you'll find me online, amped up on caffeine & wielding a book.

You can find my blogging about the writer life at Musings from the Slush Pile
Tweeting my crazy at @JulieALindsey
Reading to soothe my obsession on GoodReads
BLOOM Buy Link on Amazon
And other books by me on Amazon


  1. Julie, so happy you found the genre that makes you happy to read and write.

  2. Lovely interview Julie:) And Congrats!!!

  3. Thanks Miranda! I'm having so much fun and so excited to see your comment! Thank you!

  4. It funny that YA is meant to help teenagers find a love for reading and writing, but it seems to do be just as powerful for adults who take the time to read these stories. I've always been a reader, but when I was teaching high school I started to read a lot of YA. I fell in love with the adventure/survival stories. I never would have thought that I would have liked them, but I couldn't read them fast enough. I really think they inspired me to be a more adventurous person all the way around. Thanks for sharing how YA inspired you! And again, totally digging your blog tour!

  5. Deborah, Oh! I know exactly what you mean. I never dreamed I'd get interested in the genre and now I LOVE being swept away. I can't get enough!

  6. Congrats Julie! Shoeless on a porch swing sounds like my kind of place!

  7. I think it's so interesting that you got started writing romances by reading YA. It's great that you recognized where your true talent lay, and I'm sure you'll have many devoted readers. Good luck!