ROMANCE-ology 101

Award-winning
author of “The Daughters of Boston” and “Winds of Change” series, Julie Lessman
was American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and voted
#1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011
Readers Choice Awards. She has also garnered 17 RWA awards and made Booklist’s
2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction. Her book 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.
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Julie, you write wonderful romance
and historical romance novels. How did you learn to write the romantic scenes
like you do?
The
answer to that lies in four life-altering words: Gone With the Wind. When I read that novel at the age of twelve, I
was swept away into the world of romance for the very first time. It captured
me like no other book had done, and I immediately set out to write (along with
thousands of other love-struck young girls, I’m sure), what I hoped would be
“the great American novel.”
Obviously
my dreams of grandeur didn’t go anywhere, but I did write 150 single-spaced
pages of a story that became the basis (some forty years later!) for my debut
novel, A Passion Most Pure. Today, I
like to think that not only are Margaret Mitchell’s fingerprints are
all over me in my religious devotion to passion, but God’s as well—merging my
passion for romance with my passion for Him.
What made you decide to write a
non-fiction?
It was
out of necessity, because I was slated to co-teach a workshop at ACFW last year
with my agent and editor on the merging of traditional publishing and indie
publishing to create the hybrid author.
A few
years back, Ruth Axtell and I taught a workshop at ACFW called A Kiss is Not Just a Kiss, which
actually drew the largest crowd that year for a workshop, so I knew it was a
popular subject. Then after I did a Seeker blog on it and a reader suggested I
put it in a book, I thought—mmm, why not? So I did. The experience, I have to
say, has been a lot of fun. Especially designing the cover with my hubby using
my daughter’s marriage-proposal picture on the front.
Why this particular subject?
Well, I’ve
been nicknamed the “Queen of Romance,” a phrase coined by Laura Frantz, I guess
because my romance scenes are a wee bit more passionate than most. And I
suppose it’s true simply because romance is very
important to me. Blame it on being stunted in my teens, a gangly young girl
craving love because I grew up in a family where it was pretty scarce. Whatever
the reason, after God and family, romance is one of my greatest loves,
especially being able to convey in my books—to an amoral society that has
shifted to shades of gray—that romance with God at the center is the only kind
that really satisfies.
What can writers expect to gain
from it?
I’ll be
the first to admit, it’s not a long book, but it’s everything I’ve learned
about writing romantic tension over the last six years. What I did was study
how I ramp up romantic tension in my own books and impart that in a humorous
style using scenes from my own novels in a before-and-after format. There are a
couple of bonuses in this book over and above my writing tips that are worth
the price of the book … especially when it’s on free download like it will be
next week!
How can our readers get it?
I’m
running a five-day FREE
DOWNLOAD sale on the e-book

before and during Valentine’s Day. I hope your readers will mark their
calendars so they don’t miss it. Here’s the link for both the paperback and e-book
on Amazon (which is the only place Romance-ology
101
is available) but it’s only the e-book that will be free. Romance-ology
101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Inspirational and Sweet Markets
.
How can our readers contact you?
I love to hear from readers. They can contact me
through my website,
either by sending an e-mail via my site or by signing up for my newsletter. Or
through Facebook, Twitter, Google
Plus
, or Pinterest.
Also, I have a cool blog feature on my website called “Journal Jots” which is a
very laid-back Friday journal to my reader friends that will give your readers
an idea as to my relaxed style of writing. I can be found daily at The Seekers blog.
Finally, here are some other freebies/giveaways for your readers
going on right now. 
FEBRUARY 14-28, 2014:
Join me for an
interview/giveaway of your choice of my books including my newest release, Dare to Love Again, at the Remain
in His Love
blog. Hope to
see you there! FREE DOWNLOAD OF A
Passion Most Pure!
American Christian
Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year with over 341 five-star reviews on
Amazon. Here are the links:
A
Kiss Is Not Just a Kiss . . . Nor is a Sigh Just a Sigh.
In ROMANCE-ology
101
, Award-winning “Passion Most Pure” expert Julie Lessman tackles the
subject of romantic tension in today’s inspirational/sweet markets with humor
and heart. Offering tips for ramping up the WOW factor with romance that is
both sweet and swoon-worthy, Lessman offers tried-and-true methods with
before-and-after examples to illustrate the following points:
Getting inside the Hero’s Head
with Internal Monologue
Maximizing Use of Beats in
Dialogue
Effectively Using Dialogue to
Escalate Tension
Utilizing Dual Point of View
Escalating Romantic Tension with
Anger
Using All Five Senses for
Heightened Effect
Cashing In on the Kid and Pet
Factor
Enhancing
Mood with Emotionally Charged Words/Verbs
Capitalizing on the Element of
Surprise
Exposing Desire in an Unwilling
Character
Immediate Hero/Heroine
Confrontation
Making the Most of Touch and
Response
Implementing the Concept of
Forbidden Fruit
Words with a Hint of Taboo
Appropriate “Bleep” Words for
Inspirational Romance
KISS-ology 101: The Many Faces
of a Kiss

“Julie Lessman
writing a book on romantic tension is a perfect fit. This is a writing
book that needs to be on the shelf of every author because nobody does
romantic tension better.” — Mary Connealy, bestselling author of The
Kincaid Bride and Trouble in Texas series.