I. Get. To. Chat. With. JULIELESSMAN today.
On the blog.
So you can listen in.
Are you excited too?!?!
Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. A lover of all things Irish, she enjoys writing close-knit Irish family sagas that evolve into 3-D love stories: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together.
Author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series, Julie Lessman was named American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered 17 Romance Writers of America and other awards. Voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also named on Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and Borders Best Fiction list.
Julie’s most recent novel, Isle of Hope was voted on Family Fiction magazine’s Best of 2015, and Surprised by Love appeared on Family Fiction magazine’s list of Top Ten Novels of 2014. Her independent novel 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. Julie has also written a self-help workbook for writers entitled Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Sweet and Inspirational Markets. You can contact Julie through her website and read excerpts from each of her books at www.julielessman.com.
That’s the official stuff. Unofficially … Julie is just awesome. I had the absolute privilege of meeting her in Nashville about a month ago, and I’m still smiling. (She gives the BEST hugs, by the way!)
I just posted my review of her newest book, Love Everlasting. Go ahead and read the review and then come back… I’ll wait.
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Are we all back? Ok – good! 🙂
JULIEEEEE!!! Welcome back to the blog, my friend! I usually start everyone out with a fast four – but in our last interview (way back in November) I already asked you two of my usual four… so let’s mix it up a bit.
Julie: Peach cobbler!
Carrie: Mmmm… me too! I knew I liked you 😉
Julie: Christmas, of course!
Carrie: Of course!
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Julie: Are you kidding?? WRITING, with READING a close second and old movies pulling up the rear. 🙂
Carrie: Honey, I’m pretty sure WRITING is definitely your superpower!! 😀
If I snuck a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Julie: LOL, what a cute question! It would tell you I am a very dirt practical woman who drives a CRV, is very sanitary (sanitizer), very vain (lots of makeup, mirror, comb, gloss, etc.), loves to read (phone on Kindle), lots of scrunchees and clippees (to corrall flyaway hair on boat rides), and VERY handy (At all times I carry a scissor, tissues, tweezer, pens, paper pads, ibuprofen, decongestant, lotion, safety pins, ear plugs, antacids, sleep aids (for when I travel), breath mints, bandaids, Clorox Stain Stick, contact solution, eye drops, batteries, hair spray, notebook, wallet, and sunglasses). Aren’t you sorry you asked?
Carrie: Hahahahaha!!! I love it!! And until further notice, I’m sitting beside you at any baby/wedding showers we happen to attend together 😉
Until I met a bunch of authors, I honestly thought all writers wrote at a designated desk. I’ve learned that’s just not true. Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Julie: On my veranda overlooking the lake with my feet up on my chaise three quarters of the year. I’ve been out there writing in as low as 39 degrees in the dead of night with a heater and as hot as 100 degrees with a fan, and ALWAYS with lip gloss, tissues, and a mirror to capture expressions. Oh, and either peach iced tea or hazelnut coffee, depending on the temperature out.
Carrie: I would think with YOUR writing, you should probably always have a fan handy 😉
Your newest novel Love Everlasting follows Shannon O’Bryen, a school teacher/ghostwriter, and Dr. Sam Cunningham, also known as Dr. Love. Using FIVE words for each character, describe Shannon and Sam.
Julie: Shannon: Shy, serious, soft, kind, strong.
Sam: Fun, charismatic, kind, competitive, lonely.
Carrie: I’m just be here staring at “Sam” for a while in case anyone needs me, ok? “I’m just be here?” Good goobers. I can’t even talk.
Without revealing too many spoilers, what is one of your favorite elements in Love Everlasting?
Julie: The fact that Shannon, once a fragile, broken woman is now a tower of strength in the Lord.
Carrie: Yes! me too!
What do you most want readers to take away from reading Love Everlasting?
Julie: That our confidence and strength has to come from God, not people, things, or careers and that true love—the kind that lasts a forever—can only come when the God Who loves “forever” is part of the equation.
Julie – again, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 I so love you!! Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Julie: Right back at you, Carrie—you are unequivocally one of my favorite people!
On October 14, I have a historical Christmas novella collection releasing with Mary Connealy, Ruth Logan Herne, and Anna Schmidt called Cowboy Christmas Homecoming, which is being published by Gilead.
My current WIP (work in progress) is book 1 of the Silver Lining Ranch series called Love’s Silver Lining, which comes out next year with Gilead Publishing. But first I hope to release a prequel novella to that series early next year called For Love of Liberty, and readers can find out more about that and The Silver Lining Ranch Series here.
Then I hope to tackle book 3 in the Isle of Hope Series, Unchanging Love, which will release in Fall 2017. It will be the love story of Shannon’s twin sister, Cat, and Pastor Chase Griffin, the ex-Navy Seal who woos a wayward girl back to God—and to himself. Here’s the premise: A bold and independent woman challenges the ideals and—and the morals—of a pastor who loves her no matter the mistakes that she makes.
Carrie, thank you SO much for hosting me on your blog—it’s been fun! I love to hear from readers, so they can find and contact me at www.julielessman.com, or through Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or Pinterest or by signing up for my newsletter or my Journal Jots blog. I am also part of a group blog called Seekerville that inspires, encourages, teaches, and informs aspiring writers on the road to publication and beyond. Although Seekerville has been listed on Writers Digest 2013, 2014, and 2015 “Best 101 Websites for Writers,” it is also a blog devoted to readers as well.
Readers can also check out my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from each of my books on the “Excerpts” tab of my website.
Finally, I have the following FREEBIE & SALE currently going on:
- 50% SALE ON ISLE OF HOPE, FAMILY FICTION MAGAZINE’S BEST OF 2015!”
Now’s your chance to get my 5-star, award-winning contemporary novel, Isle of Hope for half off, so check out the sale HERE!
- FREE DOWNLOAD ON THE NOVELLA PREQUEL TO ISLE OF HOPE!
YES, there IS a prequel to my latest novel, Isle of Hope, and it’s called A Glimmer of Hope, so take advantage of this free ebook HERE!
Thanks and hugs,
Singing Librarian Books is doing a blog tour right now for Love Everlasting. One winner AT EACH STOP will win their choice of an ebook of Isle of Hope OR Love Everlasting. I’m not participating in this particular tour but I didn’t want y’all to miss out on this great giveaway!
Click the graphic for a list of tour stops and a rafflecopter entry form on the landing page!
What about you? What does your purse say about YOU?