Interview with Justin Azure

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is sharing my personal stories through my characters. I believe that art is best when it imitates real life so I aim to do so with my own twists and turns.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my life line. I especially love it when they engage in conversation with me. Every question and comment I get from my fans is an opportunity to learn and grow.
What are you working on next?
Although I love the Young Adult category, I am currently working on more adult themes. My next book is sure to please those that prefer more spicy themes. I am not, however, giving up on Young Adult books.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The smell of coffee... Kidding (maybe).
My husband and pets are the reason that I get up each morning. No matter how down I feel or stressed I am, they are the best things that happened to me. My husband is the only person that truly understands me and my oddities and my pets simply don't judge. Writing is a solitary endeavor and sometimes I just need them there to let me know that it's time to get away from my computer and get some fresh air.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I get so little free time in my life. When I'm not writing, I am working in the family business. Writing is both my passion and the sum of all my free time.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh, yes... I was fourteen and the story was horrible. I started a writing club for aspiring authors in high school. There were so few people that were interested, but we were all dedicated. That was my first fan base and although they loved my story, when I look back on it I can see how far my skills have come since then.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have a process. Each story I create has a unique process of its own. Sometimes I write an outline first, other times I write a rough draft then edit it a few hundred times. I guess it really depends upon my mood when I start the story.
How do you approach cover design?
When I reach the half way point of the final draft of my stories, I brainstorm ideas for my covers. Living in New York is expensive, so I really cannot afford to spend money on a cover design. Instead, I do all the cover art myself. Design is not my strength, but it is very satisfying to know that everything from the story concept, editing, cover art and formatting is all my own work.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The best marketing technique I've found is getting involved in the Goodreads community. There is a group for every genre and that's where authors are most likely to find a fan base that is active and involved.
Describe your desk
Messy. My desk is for both my personal use and for my work. There is no clear separation between what is for work and what is for my own use. That mess often finds its way into the rest of my home office, but with a little effort I can contain it to the limits of my desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up two hours north of New York City. Contrary to what people think of New York, the northern areas are nothing like the city. As an author of LGBT novels, staying in the same town that I was born in wasn't a good idea for me. The open mindedness of the city and its surrounding areas have yet to reach the northern areas of New York.

The influence I took from that life is very apparent in my works. Narrow-mindedness, homophobia, and deeply religious beliefs are common theme in my books just as it was when I was a child growing up in my home town.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in high school. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life at that time, but nothing seemed to connect. It wasn't until after collage that I started writing again. When I returned to writing, I was far more serious and dedicated than earlier in my life.
Published 2015-12-04.
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Books by This Author

Program Eros
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,670. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2015 by Brian D. Burgess. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
Robbie never had a normal life. His father was a software programmer that never even left his home office. His mother left him when he was only three. The part that made Robbie's life more complicated than his home life was the fact that he was gay. He thought he was alone until he discovers a way to make his crush love him.
Sacred Sins
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,360. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2015 by Brian D. Burgess. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sacred Sins is the story of two boys lost in their parents' will. Braden Connors is an eighteen year old forced to follow in his father's footsteps to become an Army officer. ndrew Townsend is the son of a local pastor. He is expected to become a pastor just like his father. When they both crawl out from under their parents' thumbs, they find one another.