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Friday, November 27, 2015

Why Julie Lessman Inspires Me

By Kelly Bridgewater

Here I am with my eleventh post about authors who inspire my writing. If you have missed any of them, go ahead and look back at my previous posts. I have written about C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, J. R. Tolkien, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alexandre Dumas, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Steven James, Robin Jones Gunn, Dee Henderson, and Susan May Warren.

Today, I’m going to talk about Julie Lessman.

From Amazon
Lessman writes romance, which is not what I typically read, but I read her book A Passion Most Pure because I downloaded it for Free for my Kindle. But I was surprised how much I loved Lessman’s writing.

She does not write a simple romance story with obstacles in their way. Lessman really understands the internal, physical, and emotion behind the love. The hero and the heroine have to fight against the demands of love.

The characters are written so well with great obstacles to overcome. Plus, the stories are historical romances, so the reader can learn something about the 1930 in Boston and San Francisco.

I’m glad that Lessman has written ten books to date. I have read almost all of them and loved reading about the O’Connors, which were featured in seven books. As a reader who enjoys returning to familiar characters as they are the heroine or hero in the book, then returning to them as they grow and make an appearance in a future book, I was glad to see Lessman created seven book, which start with the story of how the parents fell in love, then moves on to tell the trials and tribulations of their six children as they handle the waves of romance in their personal lives.

Lessman has taught me how to construct a romance that is realistic and grabs the reader’s attention. I have spend time reading her book that she wrote on writing romance titled Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Inspirational and Sweet Markets. I have spent time studying and losing myself in the romance she sparks between her hero and heroines.  The Love is realistic and grips my heart with every story. Lessman has also shown me the love between a man and woman should also parallel the love that we have for God. It is passionate and demanding of our time, but the more time we invest in our significant other and God, the better return on our investment. What a great lesson from a great writer!

How many of Julie Lessman’s books have you read? What is your favorite aspect about her writing?


  1. KELLY!!!! Oh my goodness, this blew me away, my friend, and absolutely blessed the socks off of me!! Thank you SO much for your kind words and this incredible honor -- I am beyond blessed!!

    And, Kelly, you did receive my ARC copy of Isle of Hope, yes?

    Hugs and more hugs!!

    1. Thank you, Julie! Keep up the good work and using your writing to inspire your readers to follow passionately after God. Hugs!

  2. Thank you for your beautiful post, Kelly - I couldn't agree with you more. I have every novel/novella Julie has written ( in every available format, lol), including her writing manual - Romance-ology. I'm not a writer (other than reviews and encouragement posts), but knew I would find some humor in her writing manual, as well as tips on how that genius writing brain of hers works, lol!! Two of my fave elements of her writing are her passion and God as the central character in each of her novels/novellas. As some readers have commented - Julie's passion could make even a telephone book, or a grocery list, interesting. Her writing is realistic because God is central in her life, just as He is in her writing - the reason her writing is so anointed, also the top reason I am so inspired by her writing, and enjoy it so much !!

    1. Thank you, Bonton! I couldn't agree with you more. Julie really has the touch of God in her life and it shows in her wonderfully crafted novel. Thank you for stopping by. I hope to see you again!