Julie Lessman, author of "A Passion Most Pure", "A Passion Redeemed", "A Passion Denied", "A Hope Undaunted", "A Heart Revealed", "A Love Surrendered", "Love At Any Cost", "Dare to Love Again", and "Surprised By Love" answers 10 questions about her favorite time period in history, her favorite figures from history, and the age old question of coffee or tea.
1. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?
Mmmm … well, from a literally standpoint, I would say Margaret Mitchell because she’s the reason I am a romance writer today. You see, I was SO impacted by her Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel "Gone With the Wind" at the age of 12, that I immediately began writing my own girlhood novel, which ended up being the basis for my debut novel "A Passion Most Pure" some 40 years later.
If you’re talking spiritually, I would opt for Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus in the Bible, because she got it right by putting Jesus first, something that’s taken me 63 years to figure out and I still don’t have it right yet. :)
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
33 AD so I could walk with Jesus and follow him to Calvary.
3. You're having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Jesus, Peter, Paul, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan, because these are some of the people I admire most in the world.
4. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
Pretty much any castle in Ireland, but if I had to pick one, it would be Ashford Castle, which is 13th century luxury hotel/castle overlooking the second largest lake in Ireland. In addition to its lush setting and rich history, it also contains first-class dining, gardens, and amenities such as a gymnasium and health center, so I’d be all set. :)
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you'd like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
Oh, WOW, that’s a tough one since I have so many wonderful historical author friends, but if I’m limited to only two, then those would be my dear friends Laura Frantz and MaryLu Tyndall because we are all very emotional writers whose styles are similar, incorporating lots of drama, angst, and passion into our novels.
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
Oh, goodness, since I don’t find pompous, salacious murderers dashing, I shall go with King Louis, known as the Sun King, who actually did some good things for his country.
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
I don’t really have a favorite, but if I had to choose, I’d say Anne Boleyn because she initially denied Henry VIII sexual favors, basically telling him it was to be "Queen or nothing,” which I applaud. Too bad she finally reneged.
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
English, I think, because our American heritage is so intertwined with their own.
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
"Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell," Love’s Reckoning" by Laura Frantz, and "Elusive Hope" by MaryLu Tyndall.
10. Tea or coffee when writing?
Definitely hazelnut coffee in the morning and all winter, but I do switch to peach iced tea on summer afternoons. :)
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