Let’s Chat! Author Crystal Joy!

Welcome, Readers! And Welcome, Author Crystal Joy!

Crystal JoyMeet Crystal Joy. This week we welcome this author whose pen name fits her photo perfectly: Crystal-clear Joy. 

I‘m excited to get to know Crystal better, and I think you will be, too. Please leave a comment in the Reply box below, and you’ll be entered in the drawing for a print copy of Crystal’s Completely Captivated.

Who Is Crystal Joy?

 

I write Contemporary Sweet Romance, but I like to refer to my writing as Deep Rooted Romance. 

First, I resigned from my teaching position as an 8th grade Language Arts teacher because I knew God was calling me to pursue a writing career. I loved my job. The students were fun and quirky, and I worked with an amazing staff. But God kept pushing me in another direction, and I knew I had to follow. It was really scary leaving a secure job to pursue a “not-so secure” career. (Click to Tweet That!)

Now I know I’m doing what I was called to do because every day when I sit down at my computer, I feel a sense of peaceful contentment wash over me. 

A Debut Experience for Crystal Joy

My first published book is titled Completely Captivated. It’s a collection of short fictionalized love stories about real-life couples.

My writing career did not start off like I thought it would. When I resigned from my teaching position, I intended to work on my sweet romance novels and publish them right away. But my novels needed a lot of revisions.

While I taught, I woke up at five in the morning to write, went to work, then lesson planned and graded at night. Writing at five in the morning did not create enticing, well-written books.

In the meantime, I wanted a way to connect with readers, so I wrote short love stories for real-life couples. Every month, I interviewed a new couple, wrote their story, and posted it on my website. The stories became such a hit that I decided to publish collections of these heartfelt stories. (Click to Tweet That!)

Right before I published Completely Captivated, a hurricane hit my publishing company, and the company didn’t think it would have my books printed in time. I had to push back the date of my book launch party, but it gave me more time to plan an amazing party.

What’s up with Crystal now?

Now I just finished my second book, Completely Yours. It’s the second collection of love stories. Although it’s a mix of love stories just like the first book (engagements, break-ups, weddings, tragic circumstances), this collection is much deeper than the first.

These couples really laid it all out there for you—questioning if their spouses still love them, if they should give up on long-distance relationships, if they should share their feelings with their childhood crushes. I love how open these couples were during their interviews because it made their stories realistic. Love isn’t easy. Relationships are hard work. (Click to Tweet That!)

Finally, I hope these heartfelt stories touch your heart as much as they did mine.

Ordering and Social Media Links for Crystal Joy:

Completely Captivated 

Completely Yours

Newsletter

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

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Lord, You are Joy. Your are the eternal source of joy for us, your children. How marvelous are Your ways in all the Earth. Crystal’s joy shines clearly because it’s from You. You are Love. You’ve called Crystal to write stories about love—fictionalized stories based on true love stories. How unique and captivating! Bless Crystal’s every word that lifts up Your glorious name: Love. ~ For Jesus’ sake 

 

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12 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Crystal Joy!

  1. Stacy Simmons

    I thoroughly enjoyed your interview. I left teaching to go into another field as well. Your book sounds wonderful and I wish you the best in your new career.

     
     
    1. Thanks so much for joining in, Stacy.

       
       
    2. Thank you so much, Stacy! I hope your new profession is going well and you’ve found a job that you love!

       
       
  2. Marilyn R

    Completely Captivated and Completely Yours sound like wonderful romance stories to read. Thank you for sharing your writing journey and the leap of faith you took to pursue God’s will. Blessings as you continue to write for His glory.

     
     
    1. Great to see you in our chat circle this week, Marilyn!

       
       
    2. Thank you, Marilyn! I thank God for the opportunity to write these stories. I finished one of the stories in Completely Captivated right before the wife passed away. I drove to Mark and Rene’s house and gave them their story in person, and discovered that they were planning funeral arrangements for Rene. The story was read over and over again at Rene’s funeral, as a way to honor her life and relationship with Mark. They are one of the best couples I’ve ever met. Writing Mark and Rene’s story and finishing it right before her passing was all God’s timing. Thanks again for reaching out to me!

       
       
  3. I Love both of these books. It always amazes me how Crystal puts these stories in such a readers adventure.
    I Love the fact that all of them don’t end happy.
    CRYSTAL IS A GREAT AUTHOR!
    I encourage new or other readers to check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

     
     
    1. Thanks so much for joining our chat, Sandy! Please come back.

       
       
    2. Thanks for your kind words, Sandy! I am so blessed to have a reader like you in my life!

       
       
  4. Evangeline

    This sounds like a delightful book, and I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance. I am putting your books on my wish list! Blessings on your continued writing ministry.

     
     
    1. Hi Evangeline–Thank you for your kind words! Happy Reading!

       
       
    2. Great to see you in our circle this week, Evangeline!

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Lucy Thompson!

Welcome, Everyone! And Welcome, Lucy Thompson!

Lucy Thompson, author
Lucy Thompson

This week we’re traveling “down under” to Australia to visit with historical romance author Lucy Thompson. What a treat’s in store for you!

Lucy is offering a give-away, so be sure to read to the bottom to learn what it is.

Congratulations to Penny Richards, winner of her choice of one of Lucy’s novels, Cowboy’s Dare or Mail Order Surprise! All Penny did was comment, and her name was drawn. 

Growing Up, Lucy Thompson Style

I grew up in Cooktown, Queensland, Australia on 160 acres of rainforest, hills, and rain. (Click to Tweet!) Lots of rain. Thirteen feet per year to be exact.Lucy Thompson, author

Part of why I love historical romance is that I’m familiar with a pioneer lifestyle. We had no electricity (apart from the generator at night), cooked on a woodstove, and raised our own animals for food.

I didn’t make the wisest of choices through my teen years and ended up in an unhealthy relationship. By age twenty-four I was a single mum of 4 children aged between 6 months and 6 years. I’d just started down a windy track to learning about self-worth, God’s extravagant love, and who I was as a person.

Lucy Thompson, the Author

At age twenty-six, I decided one day after church that I was going to write a book. (As you do. Lol) All I knew about the story was that a young mail order bride was getting off a train. Didn’t know her name. Or where she was. Or that she was about to meet a handsome cowboy who may or may not be a cattle rustler. That he had three siblings (that he didn’t tell her about) and a house in a mess.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Writing the book was half the effort. How was I to put it in the hands of readers? After all, I’m an Australian. A very small fish in our Aussie Christian book market. The American book pond, ah, market with its much bigger fish is harder again to break into.

Growing as an Author

So I joined American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). I joined their critique group and met my wonderful crit partners there. Entered contests. Finalled in some. Flew to America for the 2012 ACFW conference and met my (now) agent, Chip MacGregor, of MacGregor Literary. He pitched my book to all the bigger publishers and all came back with a no, no, no. Sigh.

Then, after a break from writing in which we moved across country, I remarried, had a baby, baked lots of cookies, etc. My agent suggested we pitch my story to Forget Me Not Romances. He introduced me to Cynthia Hickey, who runs FMNR and she loved my books. ☺ Yay!!

Lucy’s Debut Experience

Lucy Thompson, authorWhen Mail Order Surprise released on Amazon there was an excited buzz amongst my friends on Facebook and on the internet. I found it quite amusing as I sat cross-legged in my pj’s on the sofa posting away on Facebook that more people had seen my FB author post and were interacting with me than the entire population of my small country town.

But God is like that. He likes to bless us. (Click to Tweet!) And bless he did. Reviews. Comments. Shares. Memes! A reader even made a meme with a quote from my book. *sniffles* My heart overflowed with gratitude for his goodness.


Inspiration, Lucy Thompson Style

The song “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman has been a huge encouragement to me over the years. 

I will bless His name when I’m found in the desert place. When I walk through the wilderness, I will bless His name. When the sun’s shining down on me. When the world’s all as it should be, my heart will choose to say “Lord, blessed be your name.”

May I suggest you try the same? God has everything under control and he’s much bigger than our circumstances or what we give him credit for.

A Give-Away Offer

Lucy Thompson, authorI love readers. ☺ And books. ☺ To prove it, I’m giving away an ebook copy of either Mail Order Surprise or A Cowboy’s Dare to one special commentator. (Actually, you’re all special. But I can only afford to give one book away. Children have to eat after all. Ha!)

God bless.

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Readers, you can find Lucy on Facebook!

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Lord, blessed be Your Name, indeed! How delightful to learn about your daughter Lucy Thompson, whom You’ve called to write for You. As Lucy blesses Your Name, she blesses us, and we pray You’ll bless each word Lucy writes for You. ~ For Jesus’ sake

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28 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Lucy Thompson!

  1. I love Lucy’s story, but then, I’ve known for a long while what kind of woman she is from her Facebook posts. I’m not sure how we became FB friends, but I cherish that friendship. Definitely will be getting the book and sharing this interview.

     
     
    1. So wonderful to scoot over to make room for you in our chat circle, Penny. You’ve encouraged Lucy and me both. God bless you.

       
       
    2. Lucy Thompson

      Thank you for your kind words, Penny. I appreciate your friendship and am blessed because of it. 🙂 God bless!

       
       
  2. Bonnie Mae Evans

    Lucy, The way you give God the glory and praise for turning your
    life around is so encouraging. It is good to be reminded that nothing is too hard for God. Yes, blessed be His name! Blessings to you as well!

     
     
    1. Our circle is growing! So good to see you in it, Bonnie. You’ve encouraged Lucy and me!

       
       
    2. Lucy Thompson

      G’day Bonnie!
      Yes, to God be the glory. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

       
       
  3. Ann Ellison

    What a wonderful interview. The book sounds really good.

     
     
    1. Hi, Ann. Thanks so much for joining our circle. You’ve encouraged Lucy and me both.

       
       
    2. Lucy Thompson

      Try out the first chapter on Amazon. 😉 In the meantime, all the best with your entry. 🙂 God bless.

       
       
  4. Nice to see a fellow Aussie writer here. Loved Lucy’s honesty and matter of fact way of writing.
    Goodonya Lucy!

     
     
    1. How wonderful to see another Aussie in our chat circle, Susan. I agree that Lucy’s transparency is refreshing. I knew readers would love her. Please join our chats with other writers too.

       
       
    2. Lucy Thompson

      No worries, Susan! 🙂 Great to have you here.

       
       
  5. I love reasing about new authors and their books thank you for sharing

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining our circle of reader friends, Brenda. One of my favorite things is meeting these authors on this blog. Please come again!

       
       
    2. Lucy Thompson

      Happy to share. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

       
       
  6. Marilyn R

    It’s always nice to meet a new author here on Linda’s blog. Lucy, your books sounds like delightful read. Thank you for the giveaway. A reader will be blessed.

     
     
    1. Hi, Marilyn. So good to see you in our circle again. God be with you!

       
       
    2. Lucy Thompson

      G’day! Lovely to see another smiling face here. All the best with the giveaway. 🙂

       
       
  7. Evangeline

    What a delightful new author. It was great to begin to get acquainted. I would love to read your book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. Blessings on you as you continue to write.

     
     
    1. Lucy Thompson

      You currently have a 1 in 3 chance of winning. 😉 Thanks for popping in.

       
       
    2. Hi, Evangeline. So good to see you here in our circle. It’s amazing, isn’t it, that we’re getting to know another author from “down under”? I love getting to know all these authors.

       
       
    3. Great to see you here, Evangeline. You’ve encouraged me and Lucy both.

       
       
  8. Love to hear how God’s changed your life and blessed you, Lucy! Keep writing!

     
     
    1. Lucy Thompson

      Thank you, Clarice. 🙂

       
       
    2. Lucy inspires me, Clarice!

       
       
  9. How wonderful to learn about you, Lucy! 🙂 Thank you for being here and sharing your writing journey.

     
     
    1. Lucy Thompson

      Hi Melissa!
      What a pleasure to be here. 🙂

       
       
    2. Isn’t Lucy a love, Melissa? Thanks so much for joining the conversation.

       
       

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