Interview with Justin Young

What motivated you to become an author?
Honestly? It's the best way to empty out my head! I have an overly creative mind, and it's gotta go somewhere, right? (laughs) But, really, with regard to my non-fiction books, I remember listening to someone's speech, lecture, etc., leaving the room excited and inspired. My heart was full, but my head could only recall about 30% of the information -- which percentage slowly shrunk over time. I speak to so many people, and I want those people to not only leave with full hearts, but also leave them a way to help retain the stories, lessons, and principles, they learned. It's also a way share with a much larger audience.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing, to me, is like a puzzle. I have a jumble of pieces in my head, which must be assembled onto paper in a way that creates a beautiful picture -- that makes sense. The greatest joy for me when people I've never met leave a comment, or write to me, telling me how much that picture meant to them. <3
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans or friends? That's how I see my fans; as friends. And I love my friends.
What are you working on next?
I have a few more non-fiction books coming out, teen/young adult focused on self-acceptance, overcoming low self-esteem, and conquering obstacles. But I have a large project in the works, fiction, that I'm excited to reveal very soon.
Who are your favorite authors?
For a writer, I actually read very little. I'm a 21st Century, short attention span reader. That's how I write as well. But out of all the authors who are able to keep my attention, pull me into a story, and inspire me, Orson Scott Card takes 1st place.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The insatiable desire to never lose faith; the hope, and excitement, of becoming the man I'm going to be on the other side of whatever challenging I'm facing; to see miracles happen... that is what inspires me to get out of bed each day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking. Seriously, I live in my head. (My poor family. They must really love me. Lol!)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes! In first grade?? We even designed a cover, illustrated it, bound it, and made a clay sculpture of the main character. (I think my mom still has both.) It was titled "Froggy Found A Friend," and it was about this orange and black spotted amphibian-like creature who made friends with a human.
What is your writing process?
For non-fiction, I spend much of my time thinking and crafting how I want it to look in my mind. What effect do I want it to have on the reader? What stories are going to create that effect? And how do I tie it all together?

For fiction, I just write what comes to my mind. Very stream-of-consciousness.
How do you approach cover design?
I think of my audience. I think of my theme. And how can I make it fun.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't typically read for pleasure, I read for learning -- but to me, learning is pleasurable. So I like read a lot of news, and anything that is information based. I know that doesn't sound like "pleasure" to some people, but what can I say... I'm a nerd.
Published 2014-04-17.
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Books by This Author

The Three Keys of Effective Communication with Teens
You set the price! Words: 8,150. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Teens, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Teaching
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Parents & educators: Ever wonder why you can't seem to get through to teenagers? In this mini-ebook, motivational youth speaker & Teen Life coach, Justin Young, reveals the Three Keys of Effective Communication that will help you build relationships of trust to empower you to help teens. There's no magic pill; but there is a magic process, and it starts with Communication!