Friday, August 29, 2008

Interview with Julie Lessman, Part 2

I'm bringing you the second part of my interview with Julie Lessman author of A Passion Redeemed now. For one extra entry into the contest, leave a comment on this post. For three more entries, subscribe to Julie's newsletter! You can find the info on subscribing at the end of this interview. If you subscribe, shoot me an email at mypalamyATgmailDOTcom by Sunday at 5 p.m. PST with the email address you used. Julie will be verifying that you subscribed! :) (or tell me if you are already subscribed)

Which character do you relate to more? Charity or Faith?

Oh-oh … probably Charity, because I’m pretty much a pistol just like her. But both characters reflect my personality a lot. Faith, the sister heroine of A Passion Most Pure, is my spiritual self and mirrors the intimate relationship I have with God. Like Faith, I talk and pray to Him as naturally as if He is my best friend (and He is!), but I also get angry with Him too. You might say that Faith and I are emotionally engaged with the God of the Universe—we laugh with Him, tear up at His goodness to us, and worship Him with all of our hearts.

Charity, the sister heroine of Book 2, A Passion Redeemed, is my rebellious and “passionate” self, before I came to the Lord. I was a wild child of the seventies, you know, like so many of us, and pulled many of the shenanigans that Charity pulls on Mitch in book 2. Thank heavens that Jesus got a hold of me (as he does Charity in A Passion Redeemed).

Unfortunately, a lot of women find themselves in situations like Charity's and her friend Emma with abusive men in their lives. What words of hope would you like to share with them?

That God IS “the God of hope” from Romans 15:13, and they should RUN to Him! I firmly believe that when He is our all in all, He will fulfill the rest of this incredible truth in our lives—“Now may God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace as you believe, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

If you could share one thing with men about women what would it be?

LOL! I’d tell them about my favorite episode of Home Improvement where Tim “the tool man” Taylor holds up a stop sign and tells the audience a man invented it. “How do I know?” Tim asks. “Because it says “stop. If a woman invented it, it would say,” He flips the sign around and it says, “If you really loved me, you would know what to do right now.”

OMIGOSH, how true is that???!!! We women think our guys have a clue about why we are mad or what he needs to say or do, but he doesn’t! He’s a man, wired differently than we are. So I would tell all men that that when their wives or girlfriends are acting a little bit off-kilter, they need to pull her in their arms, tell her they love her and ask her what’s wrong. Of course, not all of them would do that, but oh, wouldn’t it be nice?

Because so much of the book was set in Ireland, I missed spending time with the other members of the O'Connor family. Will we see more of them in the next book?

Are you kidding?? I LOVE these people, so you will definitely see more of the O’Connors in book 3, A Passion Redeemed. When I fall in love with a hero and heroine in book 1 of a series, and they are rarely mentioned in the next book or only appear in a cameo role, I am MAJORLY BUMMED! So when I decided to write this series, I promised myself there would be plenty of Faith, Charity, Collin, Mitch, Marcy and Patrick in ALL three books!

Well, as you can imagine, by the time I got to book 3, I not only had to come up with a great plot for the hero and heroine, but great sub-stories for each of the couples from books 1 and 2 as well. And, so far, the main consensus from my editor, agent, writer friends and family is that book 3 is their favorite book in this series. So hopefully my readers will enjoy it too! It comes out May 2009 … and, yes, I know how far away that is!!! Groan!

I'm dying of impatience for the next book...can we have a little hint? A tease? Please?

You bet! Here’s the blurb I have on my Web site:

Elizabeth O’Connor is the little sister John always longed for. With a fire for God in his belly, he has been her spiritual mentor since she was thirteen, sharing her love of literature and her thirst for God. But when his gangly protégé blossoms into a beautiful young woman bent on loving him, he refuses to act on the attraction he feels. His past won’t let him go there. Unfortunately, “Lizzie” won’t let him go anywhere else … until his dark and shocking secrets push her away.

What books have you read recently that impacted you?

Without question, Mary Connealy’s Calico Canyon is funny and touching and packs a spiritual punch that took me by surprise. I am currently reading An Irishwoman’s Tale by Patti Lacy, and although I am not usually a women’s fiction fan, this book has mesmerized me with its vivid imagery and haunting story. Both books are wonderfully well written. (note from Amy...can't wait to read An Irishwoman's Tale!)

Would you like to share a final message with your readers?

Just that I want to thank them—and you, Amy—for the incredible support and encouragement I have received. I don’t take that lightly. I feel a connection with every reader who contacts me, which they can do through my Web site at, either by sending an e-mail via my site or by signing up for my newsletter, in which I feature book giveaways. Finally, I invite your readers to visit The Seekers, a group blog of which I am a part that talks about “The road to publication. Writing, contests, publication and everything in between.” You can find it at


Christian Lit said...

Thank you so much Amy for taking out the time for the contest, and Julie for taking the time for interviewing with Amy! :) it's so cool to get great insites on your favourite writer! :) (one of the lol).

contest or no contest, I always get really jittery when I see your books promoted because it means everyone loves them as much as I do! :)

keep it up you two!
christianlitAThotmailDOTcom :)

Bobbi said...

Great rest of the story!

Mary Connealy said...

Hey, Julie, thanks for mentioning Calico Canyon. I haven't gotten A Passion REdeemed yet. SURELY IT WILL BE IN BOOKSTORES THIS WEEKEND!!!!! I am dying to get it.
I didn't know Charity was abused. That is so great. She has SSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO got it coming.

(okay I didn't say that!)
What I did say is:
Poor Charity. I now have softened my heart toward the little pill and am totally hoping for her to find happiness and true love.

Julie Lessman said...

Christianlit (are you Olivia??), thanks SO much for making the rounds AND for calling me one of your favorite authors -- HOLY COW, that's HUGE!! You are racking up points, girl!

Hey Bobby, thanks for coming back for part 2 -- so glad I didn't put you to sleep ... or maybe I did, and that's why you came back -- you needed the rest! :)

MARY!!!!!!!!!!!! Revell told me that influencers (of which you are one, my esteemeed author friend), should be on their way. Soooo sorry it's late.


Krista said...

I'm soooo glad to hear that the whole family will continue in the series! I hate having to guess at what happens to my favorite characters!

Nise' said...

Thank you to Julie for stopping buy and sharing APR with us! I was all prepared to really dislike Charity, but I think that I will come to love her!

PS I subscribed to Julie's newsletter!

Alycia said...

An Irishwoman's Tale sounds like an interesting book. I might have to try reading it. I've finally got A Passion Most Pure to pick up at the library. I can't wait to read it!

photoquest said...

what a wonderful interview I liked her comment on Mary Connealy's book and the message she sent out to her readers, sounds very sincere. I would like another entry in the contest! photoquest(at)bellsouth(dot)net

crittyjoy said...

I have so enjoyed your week of Julie Lessman :o) I am so excited for the person who is going to win those books...I hope they love them as much as we do :o)

Amy said...

Krista, I'm with you!! I'm vested in this family and definitely have a few more stories in me on this emotional, if not overly dramatic, bunch!

Nise', thanks for signing up for the newsletter -- I promise I won't drive you crazy with it -- probably only 3-4 times a year ... if that!! :)

Alycia, YES, an Irishwoman's Tale is VERY interesting ... and VERY haunting!

Photoquest, Mary Connealy is one of my dearest friends, and the funniest Inspy writer I know -- inside a book and out!

Christy -- thank you SO much for your sweet comment. Gosh, I've never had my own week before, come to think of it!! :)

A HUGE THANK YOU to Amy for all of her hard work, time and effort in this promotion. I am greatly indebted, my friend, and pray that God blesses the socks off of you!


LaShaunda said...

Great interview. Its always nice to learn more about Julie. I'm her biggest fan in St. Louis.

I look forward to reading Charity's story.

Pamela J said...

When I start "acting a little bit off-kilter" my husband has started asking me why I am upset with him, that usually pulls me up short because sometimes I don't even know I'm acting that way. When he acts that way (he usually doesn't know he is acting that way either), I fix him something to eat, that usually fixes his problem. FUN QUESTION. Please enter me to win A Passion Redeemed. Thanks SO much!!
Pam Williams
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

Julie Lessman said...

LA SHAUNDA!!!! So nice to see you here! And thanks for your sweet comment, my friend!

Pammy, you ARE making the rounds today and racking up those points. Thanks, sweetie. :)

blueviolet said...

I'm kind of glad that you're like the fiery one of the sisters. That makes it more fun! I'm so looking forward to reading this.

Amy said...

Elizabeth ... yeah, not a chance in you know what of me being the shy, unassuming type ... :) Thanks for stopping by!

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