Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Stalking Julie Lessman



Today I'm swinging open Julie Lessman's medicine cabinet and poking around. She's agreed to be the next victim of Outside the Author's Studio and she's also hosting a sweet book giveaway, so look for details at the end of the interview!

The last thing you threw away? Old makeup

Your brand of toothpaste? Sensodyne with whitening

Three things in your purse: A book, breath mints and lip gloss.

Favorite lawn ornament? Don’t have one, but if I did, it would be a large, modern metal sculpture of some kind.

A sentence from your rough draft that didn't make the novel:
Well, I really liked the original first line of my latest novel, A Hope Undaunted, but for some reason my editor didn’t, so I had to come up with a new one. The original first line was a thought by heroine Katie O’Connor that said: Love at first sight, my foot. However, to satisfy my editor, I changed it to: Now this is how love should be—nice and neat.

But I have to admit, I liked the original line SO much, that I sneaked it in at the end of the first paragraph, and my editor let it pass. So here’s the first paragraph as it finally went to print:


Now this is how love should be—nice and neat. Katie O’Connor sucked the last of her Coca-Cola through a straw in Robinson’s Diner and studied her steady beau Jack Worthington with a secret smile. No, siree, no dime-novel notions of love for her. Love requires a focused plan, she thought to herself with certainty. Cool, calm, rational thinking, not a moment in time where one lovesick glance seals your fate. With a loud, hollow noise, she drained her soda and pushed the glass away, assessing Jack through approving eyes. Her lips slanted. Love at first sight, my foot.

The name of every book you've ever published (so we can track 'em all down):
Grin. “The Daughters of Boston” series, which would be A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed and A Passion Denied. And releasing September 2010, book 1 in the “Winds of Change” series, A Hope Undaunted.

Your favorite not-quite-a-curse word:
Well, the favorite not-quite-a-curse word that I wanted to use in A Passion Redeemed was “bloody (i.e. I will do what I bloody well please),” but Revell nixed it because apparently in Europe, it is considered an actual curse word. So I went with “blast,” which hopefully didn’t offend anybody. :)

What sounds might I hear outside your kitchen window?
The lovely squalls of a darling Cooper Hawk family that lives in the woods outside my window.

One lousy job from your past:
Oh goodness, that would be when I was in my early 20s, before I was a Christian when I worked one night as a waitress in a tavern, which was absolutely awful! I was responsible for garnishing the drinks, which I knew nothing about, so I ended up putting maraschino cherries in martinis and olives in wine, etc. I quit at the end of the night and never even went back to get my paycheck. But I did make a lot of tips, as I recall, and even got a marriage proposal! :)

What would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? What every Christian longs to hear: Well done, good and faithful servant.

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 13 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as “Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction” . She resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son and daughter-in-law. You can contact Julie through her website at www.julielessman.com.





It's giveaway time! Leave a comment between now and Saturday and Julie will pick someone to win a signed copy of one of her books! You may choose a title from the Daughters of Boston series or her newest, A Hope Undaunted. Be sure to leave an email address if it's not in your profile.





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