Julie Lessman’s interview

» Posted on Sep 9, 2008 in Blog | 26 comments

If you want to be entered in the drawing for Passion Redeemed, leave a comment with your email or email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawing ends Sunday night (9/14).


Depth of beauty … shallow of heart, Charity O’Connor is a woman who gets what she wants. She sets her sights on a man who wants nothing to do with her, and although the sparks are there, he refuses to fan the coals of a potential relationship with a woman who ruined his life. Charity burned him once, destroying his engagement to the only woman he ever truly loved. He won’t play with matches again. But Charity has a plan to turn up the heat, hoping to ignite the heart of the man she loves. And she always gets what she wants—one way or another.

Interview with the heroine:

1. Charity, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

I’m afraid my greatest talent lies in the art of seduction. From makeup and cleavage, to lash-fluttering or crying on demand—I seem to have been blessed with inordinate ability.

2. What do you do for fun?

That’s easy … flirt with men … and think of ways to get back at my sister.

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?

Telling the truth.

4. What are you afraid of most in life?

Not being loved.

5. What do you want out of life?

To win a certain man’s love, and then my father’s.

6. What is the most important thing to you?

Being cherished by the man I love.

7. Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?

I don’t read, but if I did, it would be romance.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

To be set free from the guilt of my past.

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

Yes, a golden retriever named Blarney, because that is the pet I grew up with.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

To Dublin in 1916—a year before my sister, Faith, ever steps foot on the Isle—to win the heart of the man I love.


  1. Blarney is a cute name for a dog. Your lucky to have a dog, Ms. Lessman. My family isn’t allowed to have any dogs.

  2. Thanks, Alycia, I’m sorry you can’t have a dog because they are fun, but also a LOT of work — especially house-training them!! Thanks for dropping by.


  3. Happy Tuesday! I have read Julie’s first book in this series “A Passion*
    Most*Pure” and loved it. Now, I am ready to read this second book installment! Please enter me in this book drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

  4. Julie,

    Your stories sound wonderful. I can’t wait to read them. I want to see how you deal with a character with Charity’s issues.

  5. I loved the first book of the series and would love to read Charity’s story. Thanks for the chance.


  6. Dear Cindi and Keli, thanks so much for your comments!!

    Keli, we have to get these books in your hot, little hands, girl!!

    And, yes, Cindi, I would say you are ready to read book 2 definitely — here’s hoping you can soon!


  7. I’m glad I got here to make a comment when I did… not too many commenters yet. I just wanted ALL of you to know how WONDERFUL Julie’s books are. (well, I have just read the first one so far and that was FANTASTIC) Please don’t enter me to win this one, I have mine and have had a HARD time waiting to open it till the last page is turned of the book I’m about finished with is turned. Not that THAT ONE isn’t JUST as good! Looks like about all Charity has on her mind, dreams and wishes are romance. Well, let’s see how that works out for you, Charity! Great interview.
    Pam Williams
    cepjwms at yahoo dot com

  8. What a clever twist on an author interview–nice, Margaret and “Charity”!

    I’ve read both of Julie’s books, and they are WONDERFUL! No need to include me in the drawing.

  9. Pamela J, I’m real anxious to see what you think of Redeemed, so you let me know, ya hear???

    MYRA!!! Thanks for the plug and taking the time to stop by, my friend.


  10. I loved your first book and I can’t wait to read Charity’s story!
    Please enter me in your drawing

  11. What a great interview with the heroine. I can’t wait to read the book. The fist book was great I bet the second book is even better.

  12. Hey Margaret – I would love to win a copy of ‘A Passion Redeemed’.

    Julie, I am so hyped about you, your books and your faith.

    Its starting to get to the point where I’m more excited about who I’ll finally meet at the conference and less about the business part of it.

  13. Biffyjn, thanks sooo much for your sweet comment — good luck in the contest!

    Kimmyl — well, the “favorites” consensus is all over the map, I’m afraid, so not sure if you will like book 2 better than book 1 or not. A Passion Redeemed is my favorite of all three books in the series, but some of my friends/crit partners like A Passion Most Pure best and some like Redeemed best. Most of them, however, seem to like book 3, A Passion Denied best, so that’s good to know, knowing the series interest survives three books!!

    And OMIGOSH, Anita Mae, what an incredibly sweet comment to make!! I’m hyped about meeting you too, my friend!!


  14. So you too struggle with wanting to feel loved. It is something I have struggled most all my life with. People love me but it is hard to believe it at times. I have a wonderful husband of 29 years and he knows what committment is but to feel loved sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t.
    I am on your newsletter list.
    Jane Squires – HC 72 Box 335 Wasola, MO. 65773
    I emailed Margaret Dailey as she is an Author friend of mine and one who’s books I’ve read a long time.

  15. Hello Jane!! Thank you for your comment, and YES, not only does Charity struggle to be loved in these books, but guess where she got it from???

    I am #12 out of a dysfunctional family of 13 kids, so I NEVER felt loved by my mom or my dad growing up, not to mention my siblings (who used to make fun of me because I was a little quirky! :)). But I think that must be the human condition, or at least I thought so until I met Jesus Christ. He has changed EVERYTHING for me in the area of feeling loved, but it took a LOT of inner healing, prayer and time before that happened.

    Which, I guess, is why I sympathize with Charity so much, as well as with you. I’m saying a prayer for you RIGHT NOW, Jane, that God will give you victory and breakthrough in this area of your life. And He will, I know, because His faithfulness is as high as the heavens.

    God bless you, my friend.


  16. What a cute interview. I really loved the first book and I can’t wait to read this one.

    ladystorm282001 at yahoo dot com

  17. I loved your first book and am really looking forward to reading this one. please include me in the draw.
    sarahwoll at hotmail dot com

  18. Cool interview! I absolutely hated Charity in APMP – can’t wait to see how she gets redeemed.

    Julie, did you have trouble making Charity a “likable” character in the beginning of her book? I just had a judge tell me both my hero and heroine aren’t likable. Which is funny, because the hero is supposed to be “unlikable” in the beginning, so I guess I nailed that 😀 But apparently it’s important for the reader to root for the main characters (geez, go figure!) I can’t imagine rooting for Charity.

    Can’t wait to find out how you’re going to make me change my mind about that girl 🙂 Please enter me in the drawing tdinishowen at aol dot com


  19. Hi Stormi and Sarah — thanks for dropping by and for your kind comments about A Passion Most Pure. Good luck in this contest.

    Hey Tammy — how are you, girl?? Thanks for leaving a comment. And yeah, having an unlikable heroine (or hero, such as you mentioned a judge told you) is a real challenge — so much so that both my editor and agent were worried about whether Charity could be a successful heroine of book 2.

    Well, I don’t know if you will love her by end of book (some people just don’t, including my husband), but you WILL understand her and sympathize with her, I hope. And, yes, I did have to work at softening her up quite a bit. I actually wrote a Seeker blog about how I did this last month, which I will post on the blog section of my Web site in the near future to show what I did to hopefully accomplish that.

    But I do believe it’s doable without too much extra work, so hang in there with your hero and heroine, my friend.


  20. Hi Margaret and Julie, Margaret it has been much too long since I’ve been in touch with you. Love your blog site. Looks interesting and I will definitely bookmark it.

    Julie, loved the interview with Charity. She is such a naughty girl. I was rooting for her in A Passion Most Pure so am anxious to read and see how she makes out in her own book.

    I’d love to enter. sandraleesmith@cox.net

  21. Sandra, sweetie, thanks sooo much for dropping by!! Hope you think that Charity is appropriately redeemed in book 2 … she was a toughie, that’s for sure. 🙂


  22. I loved the first book. Please enter me in the contest. I would love to read this book. My email address is shryackmom[@]charter[.]net

  23. What a funny interview! I love it and look forward to reading Charity’s story!
    You can enter me, but I feel a little guilty since I already won her first one! Next on my stack, by the way!!!!

  24. Cheryl, soooo glad you “loved” the first one … hope you like this one too! Thanks for stopping by.

    Don’t feel guilty, Jessica! Anybody who takes the time to post a comment is entitled to win a free book every now and then. Too bad I can’t give a book to everybody who posts, but my husband would ground me from the computer … 🙂

  25. Can’t wait to read this book. It would be fun to win it!

  26. Thanks, Nise’, for stopping by — good luck in the contest!


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