Coming Soon from the PEN, Please Welcome Julie Lessman!

JULIE_TURQUOISE IN CHAIRI love my PEN posts, and this is perhaps the one that I’ve been most excited about all year. I have a handful of favorite authors, not just for their writing, but for my personal relationship with them as well and dear Julie is one of them. I feel blessed to have her here on my blog and in my life and I’m delighted to share her thoughts with you today!

Award-winning author of “The Daughters of Boston” and “Winds of Change” series, Julie Lessman was American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards. She has also garnered 17 RWA and other awards and made Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction. Her book A Light in the Window is an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers’ Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner. You can contact Julie and read excerpts from her books at www.julielessman.com.

What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres?

Hi, Margaret, and thanks for having me here!

I was inspired to write my first book at the age of twelve after reading Gone With the Wind and knew immediately I wanted an Irish family coping with a war (like GWTW), but didn’t have the audacity to try another Civil War epic :). World War I seemed a good time period because it was 1) unique and seldom done, at least at that time, as this was before Downton Abbey, and 2) far enough from the Victorian era that it wouldn’t restrict me romantically, but close enough to the Roaring Twenties that I could have a moral arena with a choice between being a good girl or bad girl.

Gone With the Wind awakened my passion for romance, and although I only penned a 150 pages of a single-spaced manuscript at that time, the story actually became the basis for my debut novel, A Passion Most Pure. Unfortunately (or fortunately, however you look at it!), almost forty years passed before God breathed new life into that early attempt and inspired me to finish my childhood novel of passion—only this time the “passion” would be for Him!

Up until this year (and 11 books later), I have strictly been a Christian historical author, but that will change with my next book, a contemporary called Isle of Hope, which I’ll talk about more in another question further down in this interview.

 

Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy?

My tagline is “Passion with a Purpose,” which means I love to write (and read) stories that are a tad more passionate than the norm in CBA romance, both romantically and spiritually, so I’m guessing my readers do too. To that end, it’s no secret I LOVE Laura Frantz and MaryLu Tyndall—two of my favorite authors because our hearts beat the same way about passionate romance and they are dear, dear friends besides. Other Inspirational favorites are Francine Rivers, particularly her Mark of the Lion series—awesome! I absolutely love Liz Curtis Higgs’ historicals as well, especially her Scottish trilogy, Fair is the Rose, Thorn in My Heart and Whence Comes a Prince.

Are there bits and pieces that were cut in editing that you might ever share with your readers?

Yes, there are number of subplots that were cut from the Winds of Change series, which is the 2nd series in the O’Connor family saga, and do I hope to turn them into novellas some day. As a matter of fact, one of them—a story about Mitch and Charity—will release in October as part of a Seekerville Christmas novella put out by several of my Seeker buds from our group blog, Seekerville.

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A Whisper of Hope by Julie Lessman

Sophie’s Other Daughters by Mary Connealy

A Town Called Christmas by Ruth Logan Herne

Designs on Love by Myra Johnson
 

 

 

What is your favorite scene from Surprised by Love?

I shouldn’t say this, I know, but as a Baby Boomer CDQ (caffeinated drama queen), my favorite scenes in this series are usually about Logan and Cait, an older secondary hero and heroine whose love story is an emotional roller-coaster at best. She is a godly widowed matriarch who butts heads with her ungodly brother-in-law to whom she was once engaged before he cheated on her, causing her to marry his brother instead. Now he wants her back and pursues her relentlessly throughout the three books in this series, undergirding the romantic tension that always occurs between the primary hero and heroine.

My favorite scene is a very heated and emotional exchange between Logan and Cait when she tells him she’s decided to court his arch enemy and ex-best friend, the man who destroyed his engagement to Cait the first time around. I’m one of those authors who loves LOTS of drama and angst, and trust me—this scene has in spades. 🙂

A SURPRISED BY LOVE_HIGH-RES COVERI just had to have the privilege of sharing this scene with you! However as Julie says, it is a bit long, so I’ve posted it in a separate post for those that wish to throw themselves into the emotion and read it now. 🙂 You can find that post HERE.

It’s pretty long—six pages…

How would you relate your writing experience and research to some Creative Madness?

Well, when it comes to research, I’m no Bodie Thoene, that’s for sure, but then she’s married to a historian, so she’s got a leg up! 🙂

I figure I only tally about a month of research compared to the six to eight months that it actually takes to write the book. I have to be honest, though, my passion is more character- and plot-driven than historical, although I am keenly aware that historical accuracy is key in winning the confidence of historical fiction readers. My publisher, Revell, is excellent at keeping me honest on this point, from time-appropriate phraseology and words (I have seven on-line dictionaries I use, two of which are Etymology Dictionaries) to the historical feasibility of key plot points (sigh, my editor is married to an Irish historian!). Also, one of my prayer partners is exceptional at details that everybody else misses … like my reference to chocolate chip cookies in a 1916 scene when chocolate chips weren’t invented until the 1930s. Whoops! 🙂 I wrote a very extensive blog on research entitled, “Digging Deep: Unearthing Story Ideas From Your Own Backyard,” which lists TONS of ways I research and general research ideas. Here’s the link: http://seekerville.blogspot.com/2011/03/digging-deep-unearthing-story-ideas.html.

 

What is something that you have never told anyone in an author interview?

 Uh-oh … Well, when I was 16, I used to sunbathe on the gravel roof of the theatre where I worked because I have a skin condition that requires sun to heal, and this was WAY before the days of tanning beds. Once, I even laid out in 47-degree weather next to a patch of snow, and my friend took a pic that I’ve long since lost. I would lay out a blanket next to a building to block the wind, slather up with cocoa butter, and then listen to oldies while I soaked up the sun—sheer heaven!

But … my sunbathing days at work came to a screeching halt at my first “real” job as a secretary at a large motivation company. I was 21, but stupid and crazy enough to think I could pitch a blanket on the lawn by the parking lot and sunbathe in my bikini during my lunch hour. Uh, no … got written up by Human Resources and given a warning. Thank God I’ve grown up and settled down a lot since then. 🙂

 

What is the one thing that you want to leave readers of Surprised by Love pondering over?

Ah, I think that would be a little spiritual lesson God imparted to me last year that I call the “Abraham Factor.” You see, there’s this scene between the subordinate hero, Logan McClare, and the main hero, Bram (Abraham) Hughes where Bram talks to Logan about laying his desires on the altar for God to do with whatever He wills. Abraham in the Bible was called a “friend of God,” and yet God asked him to give up his only son, just like God intended to do for us with Jesus. For me, it was a very important and critical lesson I had to learn regarding my writing—laying it on the altar for God to do with it what He wills, and I can honestly say it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Please, please tell us about your next planned project…

Part of the outcome of “The Abraham Factor” that I mentioned above was with my writing, pulling away from business as usual to focus more on God, family, and writing for the sheer love of writing without contracts, promotion, or deadlines. To that end, I told my editor that I wouldn’t be pitching another book or series for a while so I could do just that, and I have to say it’s been a wonderful and much-needed respite from the often frenzied world of being an author.

But … I am still writing and very excited about a contemporary that I actually wrote a chapter on before I ever got published, so I’m hoping it will be the contemp book of my heart like A Passion Most Pure was my historical book of my heart.

I knew I wanted a locale on the Eastern Seaboard, and I’ve always loved Hilton Head and Savannah, so I prayed about it, then checked out a map and was blown away to find Isle of Hope, Georgia and guess what? It’s a REAL place!! It’s a small island 15 minutes away from Savannah that is actually a peninsula that becomes an island when the tide comes in!!

It’s perfect for my story because it’s a charming little community with a rich, RICH history! They actually filmed part of Forrest Gump there and other movies because it’s so pretty. And my story is all about the restoration of hope and relationships, so the title is, for me at least, truly inspired.

Loosely based on my own life, it’s the story of a woman who has recently come to Christ and the first thing God tells her to do is to heal her relationship with her father, who kicked her out 8 years earlier. She was a wild girl who was engaged to a pastor’s son who planned to be a minister as well. But his pastor father and her mother had an affair (they were close couple friends who lived next door to each other), which then tore both families apart as well as the heroine’s relationship with her boyfriend. So eight years later, she’s back to make amends to her dad, the boyfriend she deserted, and his sister who was her best friend, only this time the tables are turned because now she’s the Christian and he’s the bad boy. Gotta love those bad boys who eventually come to Christ, don’t you? 🙂

Tell us about your blog and participation in other blogs…

I can be found daily at THE SEEKERS, a group blog of 13 published authors that inspires, encourages, teaches, and informs aspiring writers on the road to publication and beyond. Although Seekerville has been listed on Writers Digest 2013 and 2014 “Best 101 Websites for Writers,” it is also a blog devoted to readers as well, without whom none of us would even be here.

Although I’ve taken a break from my own personal blog, JOURNAL JOTS, over the last six months, readers can still read almost four years of posts that are a compilation of spiritual, romantic, and writing-related journals, which not only allowed me to feel a little bit closer to my readers, but will give your readers an idea as to my relaxed style of writing.

I love to hear from reader friends, so if they like, they can contact me through my website at http://www.julielessman.com, either by sending an e-mail via my site or by signing up for my newsletter at http://www.julielessman.com/sign-up-for-newsletter/. Or through Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or Pinterest. And readers can also check out my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from each of my books on the EXCERPTS tab of my website.

 

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From Ugly Duckling

to Swimming with the Swans …

but is she over her head when it comes to love?

As a shy and pudgy child, Megan McClare has always been ridiculed by her classmates, but when she returns from her senior year in Paris, the wallflower has suddenly blossomed into a beauty. Hopeful of becoming a lawyer to help the disadvantaged women of the Barbary Coast, Megan accepts an internship at the District Attorney’s office only to discover she’ll be working with the boy who mocked her in school. She turns to her best friend Bram for support and advice, and Bram—fighting an unwelcome attraction to a friend he’s always perceived as a little sister—encourages Meg to forgive Devin and pursue a friendship. The friendship with Devin evolves into a serious romance, but when a sailboat accident tosses Bram and Meg into the seas of attraction, both her heart and her emotions capsize, threatening to change the course of love …

Finally, here are some fun freebies, sales, and giveaways going on right now or in the future:

 

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ATTN WRITERS: Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Inspirational and Sweet Markets is available in both paperback and ebook

Thanks, Margaret, for hosting me on your blog!

 

 

 

 

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The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her Kindergartener AppleBlossom, newborn Almond Blossom (the boy!) and toddler OrangeBlossom in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.

111 Comments

  1. I always look forward to new releases by Julie! I read the first book in this series, but haven’t read the second yet, guess I need to get my hands on a copy…

    • Maybe you just entered yourself for one. *Wink*

    • Aw, PATTY, thanks SO much, my friend — I’ve missed seeing dear reader friends like you over the last year since I’ve been laying low. 🙂

      And GOOD NEWS if you haven’t read Dare to Love Again, book 2 — Revell has put the ebook on sale for only $3.82 for the month of Oct. in celebration of the release of book 3, so DO take advantage of this 66% discount, okay?

      Hugs and HAPPY READING!!
      Julie

  2. Lovely interview! I almost spilled my coffee when reading about that sunbathing story 🙂
    Love Julie! So gracious lady 🙂

  3. Love Julie and her books! She is a fantastic author!

  4. Love Julie’s books & I would definitely like to be entered to win a copy of Surprised By Love – thanks so much for the opportunity!

    • Hey, SHARON, thanks SO much for your sweet comment, and I would love to send you a signed copy of SBL, so here’s to a win! 🙂

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
      Julie

  5. Margaret, thanks SO much for having me on your blog! This is my first blog interview in a long time, so I’m excited!!
    Hugs,
    Julie

  6. Thank you so much for this fascinating interview – Julie and Margaret!! Loved the cute sunbathing story – it is typical sweet Julie, (LOL)!!

    I think I can safely say that I am one of Julie’s most ardent: (since she doesn’t like the word “fans”, will use the words:) “friends/readers” – both of her novels and she, herself . She has a writing style all her own and a masterful gift that has me laughing out loud, one minute, and a “blubbering” crying mess the next. Her characters have become such “friends” who hold special, touching memories for my mind and remain enclosed in my heart. I thrive from all the passion, angst, beautiful story lines, and unexpected “twists and turns” in her novels – however, more important to me is the inspiration they always bring me, as does Julie – herself. She is a living example of the sweetness, love for others, giving spirit, and inspiration she pens.

    I became so enamored with Julie’s first six novels and novella of the O’Connor family, in “The Daughters of Boston” and “Winds of Change” series and the novella “A Light in the Window” – I didn’t think I could love another family of characters nearly as much. However, Julie’s writing never disappoints and the lighter, less passionate 3-novel “The Heart of San Francisco” series featuring the McClare family was a pure delight to read. I feel the final novel “Surprised by Love” is one of Julie’s most touching and inspirational novels yet and I can’t wait to read her coming contemporary series “Isle of Hope” – feeling it will also be one of her best!!

    Thank you for the many hours of joy and inspiration you have brought me through your novels and friendship – Julie!!

  7. P.S. Love your site, Margaret, and shared this post!!

  8. Wonderful to see Julie and friends here! I’m over the moon about her latest release AND her book in the works. The setting is to die for! Julie is the real deal and is an inspiration and mentor and prayer partner in more ways than I can count. Read any of her books and you will come away hugely blessed and changed. Heartfelt thanks to Margaret for sharing her own special heavenly magic right here, too! Must pin! Thanks to, to dear Bonnie Roof, for flagging me!

  9. Hello to Julie and Margaret! Julie, your books are VERY romantic—love your stories! I’m so glad you’re working on a contemporary! Romance-ology a perfect writing resource for me. Thank you for sharing about your time of stepping away from all the busy-ness to recharge. I understand! Blessings!

  10. Miss JULIE! It’s so great to see you back in action. I have missed your posts, interviews and YOU In general! I LOVE your writing style and your faith and dedication to God and the way you bring it into your stories through unforgettable characters. You are the lamp stand and God’s light shines through you do brightly. YOU are a Blessing to me and I treasure your friendship! Your books take me on countless journeys and I am forever touched by the stories you weave and the facts you share about your personal life as well. I don’t have to tell you that Surprised by Love is my favorite one yet and your gesture of kindness touched me very deeply. I pray your new contemporary series sky rockets but, most of all, that God is yet again glorified through your writing!

    Love you, My Friend!
    Wanda

    • Margaret you did an awesome interview! Kudos yo you! And Bonnie, thank you for sharing or I would have miss d it.

    • Aw, WANDA, I have missed you, too, my friend, although you are STILL on my prayer hit list, so I hope both your health and your relationship with your sister is greatly improved! LOL … little wonder that SBL is your fave, but I had SO much fun putting you in because you are definitely a “fave” of mine! 🙂 Thank you SO much for your prayers, Wanda — I covet them!! God bless and GOOD LUCK!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  11. Oh my, Julie! Thanks for your writing, and for sharing the funny stories, too. Sunbathing at work, eh? 🙂 Thanks for the interview, and the giveaway!

  12. Love the first two books in this series. Can’t wait to see what happens with Cait and Logan! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Thank you for the lovely interview Julie & Margaret!! Laura Frantz, MaryLu Tyndall, and Francine Rivers are some of my favorite authors too..I finally got to read another one of your books(A Love Surrendered) and loved it. I am looking forward to reading more and I would most definitely like to be entered to win a copy of Surprised By Love! ~ Blessings, Juli

    • Oh, JULIANNA … great minds definitely think alike in literature!! 🙂 SO glad you enjoyed ALS, and if you posted a review, be sure to let me know because I have a newsletter contest going on where you can have a character named after you in my next book and a signed copy, okay? But if reviews are NOT your thing, no worries! Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!

      Oh, and just in case you don’t know — the first two books in this series are now on sale through Oct. 31, in celebration of the release of SBL, so now is the best time to buy the ebooks. Love at Any Cost is reduced by 80% at $2.50 and Dare to Love Again is $3.52, so good buys on both. 🙂

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
      Julie

    • Julianna thanks for coming by! It sounds like we enjoy all the same type of authors. 🙂 I hope you’ll come by again, you might find something to add to your reading list now and again. 🙂

  14. Kelley Maranto Mathews

    Thanks, Julie! This was a very fun interview to read through. You gave us readers a “down-home” look at you personally. I’ve loved your historicals these past few years and am looking forward to the contemporary now. I’ve spent some vacation on the lower SC coast (Edisto), and in Savannah… love that area! Rich in history and beautiful to boot! Thanks again 🙂

  15. Thanks for sharing Julie & Margaret!!

  16. Great Interview. I really enjoy your books and am looking forward to your new series! Your characters are great examples of how passionate our relationship with God can and should be.

    • Aw, thanks, Lisa — I really appreciate your sweet comment, especially because when it comes to passionate relationships with God, that is EXACTLY what I want to show in characters, so THANK YOU for making my day! 🙂

      Now … hopefully I can soon make yours with a win! ;

      Hugs,
      Julie

    • I completely agree with your last statement. 🙂

  17. LOL, LYNDA … yes, sunbathing … or sad is that?? Fortunately I’ve grown up SOME since that, but not enough, that’s for darn sure. 😉

    Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
    Julie

  18. SHERIDA!! SO good to see you here, my friend, and “busy-ness” is definitely something each of us understands all too well, sadly enough. But I’m so grateful God doesn’t let us get away with it, and draws our focus back where it belongs — on HIM!!

    Here’s to a win!

    Hugs,
    Julie

  19. LAURA!!!! Gosh, with your busy schedule, I cannot BELIEVE you are over here leaving a comment, but leave it to our sweet Bonnie to put a bug in our ears, eh? Thanks for coming by, my dear DEAR friend, and MEGA HUGS to both you and our prayer warrior, Miss Roof! 🙂

    Hugs and more hugs!!
    Julie

  20. LOL, JANKA — yeah, I can be a pistol, even now. Imagine what I was like way back THEN!! Thanks so much for coming by and I love you back, girlfriend!

    Hugs,
    Julie

  21. I love Julie’s books have about 7 of them. This is an awesome interview. thanks
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

    • Hey, ABS, soooo nice to see you hear, my friend, and we’ll see what we can do about getting you that eighth book — signed!! 🙂

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
      Julie

  22. He Sherida! Thanks for coming by!

  23. Laura! One of my favorite people (guess where I drank my tea from this cold am?) 😉 I couldn’t agree more with your statement about feeling blessed after reading one of Julie’s books. I’m crazy busy these days and she does make the list of authors that I make time to reread again. 🙂 (You too if you’re curious – especially in snatching up ebook freebies that I’ve already read as a hardcopy with the release.)

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  25. Julie, I LOVE your books – especially Faith’s story. You have encouraged me in so many ways through your words. I’m hoping to collect all your works at some time, so I have the precious memories before me and I don’t have to return the treasures to the library! Faith’s is first on my list to hopefully soon bring to my bookshelf. kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

    • OH, KATHRYN, you sweetheart, you — THANK YOU for your kind comment!! Saying a prayer RIGHT NOW that you win one of my giveaways, so PLEASE keep checking my website calendar because I add new giveaways from time to time, okay? We’ll get you there, girl! I’ve had about five or six reader friends who have each won about four of my books by being persistent with giveaways. 🙂

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

  26. What a great interview!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  27. Great interview! Margaret, I feel the same about Julie. She is a blessing!

  28. Hi Julie,
    I never want to miss an interview with Julie…..am late due to computer glitches! I do want to be entered for Surprised by Love. I love Julie and her books!
    Thanks.
    Jackie Smith

  29. Loved the interview and am anxious to get the latest book of Julie’s, especially if I can get it autographed like most of my others!!!!!
    I am very, very anxious to read the contemporary one! I just knew she could write in this genre and was hoping she would publish one!!!!!!

  30. I enjoyed this interview. I love reading Julie’s books. I am currently reading Love at any Cost and love it!

  31. My pleasure, Laura!! You know how much I love you and your writing, also!! It’s come full-circle – as dear Julie is the one who led me to you and your writing, as well as MaryLu Tyndall’s.

  32. I cannot believe I haven’t read a Julie Lessman book yet! I have A Passion Most Pure in my “On Deck” TBR pile. I need to get with it 🙂

    • Oh please do! Now there are quite a few books, but if you have the chance I suggest you read them in order. It is definitely worth the experience. 🙂

    • TAMMI!!! I can’t either, girlfriend, so let’s get this show on the road, shall we??? 😉

      When you DO read it, let me know if you like it, okay? Because if you do and post a review, I can enter you in my newsletter contest. 🙂 But if you don’t like it … uh, well … never mind! 😉

      Hugs and happy reading!
      Julie

      • Oh, you make me laugh! I’ve just starting reviewing books the past couple of months for bookfun.org and they are keeping me hopping with books to read. All good books, but I’m not getting my TBR pile read like I need to. Currently, I’m furiously reading Raptor 6, as they will be sending me Hawk shortly. Let’s say I make it a goal to squeeze A Passion Most Pure in between these two Kendig books. I’ll leave some sweet reviews because I know I’ll love it. 🙂

  33. Always love a Julie Lessman interview. And I CANNOT wait to read the newest release, hoping that Logan gets himself figured out so he and Cait can finally be together. Well, and Cait has some things to do too maybe. Such good stories, always leave me thinking. 🙂

  34. Lovely interview, ladies! Love Julie’s books. 🙂

  35. LAURA!!! WOW, what a treat to see one of my dearest friends (and MOST favorite authors!) here on Margaret’s fabulous blog.

    Thanks for coming by, girl, especially with how busy I know you are. I’m holding down the fort in St. Loo on prayer requests, sweetie, so waiting for those praise reports to come rolling in!! Thanks, too, for your kind words — you know I feel EXACTLY the same way, Laura, and by the way–LOVE your new hairdo!! And I guess you already know WHO “flagged” me on that! 😉 Can’t wait to hear all the details on your recent trip, so after you rest up, let’s catch up, okay?

    Love you!!
    Julie

  36. Love Julie’s books

  37. I’m a die-hard fan of Julie’s books so it’s always fun to read interviews with her and have a chance to win one of her books. I loved the O’Connors and am enjoying the McClares. The contemporary series Julie is working on sounds great as well.

  38. Huge fan of Julie’s books, and honored to call her friend!! Excited to sign up! Would love to win and pass on my copies to someone new to discover her as an author!!!

  39. Debbie Lynne Costello

    What a great interview. Julie, so much fun getting to know you better
    and what some of your inspirations were. Your contemporary sounds like a
    page turner. You might just get me to read a contemp. and that would be
    a feat! You’re an awesome lady and author, so glad God crossed our
    paths!

    • DEB!!! I seriously ALWAYS smile when I see you pop up in the comments — a pretty women in a pink top whose friendship I treasure!! HA! Read a contemporary?? You and me both, darlin’. 🙂 Actually I have been reading more contemps lately and loving them because frankly, I’m learning there are a TON of great contemp inspies out there. BUT … my heart will always belong to historicals. Maybe that means we’re “old souls,” which is fine as long as we don’t look it … 😉

      Love you!
      Julie

    • I have a select handful few of contemporary authors that I will definitely read, and often the cross-overs are my favorites. 🙂

  40. I love reading all the ins and outs of what it takes to write a story! So much going on in your head…especially yours, Julie!

  41. What an awesome interview, Julie!! I love that you answer so thoroughly and share so much of yourself. Thank you! It’s lovely getting to know you! I’ve said on other blogs/interviews…I love that you DON’T leave out the passion in your writing! Mmmm mmm mmm! It’s so real and life and God-given! Thank you!! Love your works! Looking forward to reading this newest installment! Blessings!

    • Hey, KEL, thanks SO much for coming over to Margaret’s blog and ESPECIALLY for your support! Hope it nets you a win, my friend, so GOOD LUCK!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

    • Absolutely thank you for coming by! I’m delighted that you liked the interview. I hope I’ve cover some of your other favorite authors too and that you’ll come back soon. 🙂

  42. It was fun getting to know you what a great interview. What a warm and sunny person you are. The heroines in your books are so strong. I would really love to read your newest book.

  43. Elizabeth Johnsen

    Loved this interview! 🙂 I’ve just finished Dare to Love Again and loved it. Can’t wait to read Surprised by Love now! 🙂

  44. Awesome interview! I’m in the middle of “Surprised by Love” and wow, I can’t wait to finish it tonight! The “Abraham factor” … was something that definitely struck me while reading last night … =)

    • JENN!! Soooooo thrilled that you are enjoying SBL, and especially the Abraham Factor, which I really love. Ironically, that was a lesson God was teaching me at the time, so that’s why it’s so powerful to me and, I hope, for my readers too!

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the interview, I’ve got much more of them around here and coming soon too. 🙂

  45. I loved loved and loved this interview!!! Thank you so much for sharing it! I can’t wait to get to “Surprised by Love”! 🙂

  46. I’m such a prudish Scandinavian that more than a kiss just about makes me expire, and thus I have avoided reading Julie Lessman’s books for a long time. But after hearing so much about how good her books are, I decided to give the McClares a try – and I can see why people rave! Surprised by Love made this year’s top ten, hands down!

    • Julie has a way with the pen. My earliest reviews of her work are pretty to the point. I think all people should read them, especially mature teen girls (and IN ORDER). But I also think they should be discussed. I think there are powerful lessons that God has given her to print to the page and she does a blessed job of it for our experiences.

    • LOL, @disqus_sBSyaP9ckl:disqus, you made me laugh with your sweet comment, girl, because I’m a wee bit surprised a “prudish Scandinavian” enjoyed one of my books, but SO blessed!! I will warn you, however, that Surprised by Love and Dare to Love Again are the two SWEETEST of all my books, which means WAY less kisses than the others. The only other one you MAY like is A Light in the Window” because it’s a sweet Christmas story. BUT … the first two series … Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change are LOADED with kisses and passion, so you may want to pass those up, my friend. 🙂

      Thanks again for reading SBL and ESPECIALLY for putting it in your top ten — WOW!! You made my day, girlfriend!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  47. I love the books that make me think. Thanks for coming by Kathy and I hope you return for more suggested reads in the future!

  48. MARIA!!! Sorry, didn’t see your response, but THANK YOU for coming by and HAPPY READING!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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