Friday, May 6, 2011

with Lorna Seilstad

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Lorna!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?

Ironically, it was full of children. I taught high school English until my first child was born. After that, I provided daycare for teacher’s children. I have had the dubious honor of potty training at least 20 kids. I wrote during the kids’ naptime.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
This winter, my husband developed pneumonia and had to be in the hospital for a week. A few weeks later, he had to have lung surgery because of complications from the pneumonia and even spent some time in ICU. The biggest challenge I faced was writing a humorous story when something so difficult and stressful was going on with him. It was also difficult because he spent a great of time home recuperating. I didn’t realize I’d become so used to having the house to myself!

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
I just finished Jill Eileen Smith’s Bathsheba and I loved it! I’m on the last pages of Mary Connealy’s Sharpshooter in Petticoats, and it’s been such a fun read. I’m also reading Dan Walsh’s The Deepest Waters. He writes so beautifully. It’s a treasure, too.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
I found Emily’s two aunts in the book to be a hoot to write. They were such fun characters that I had to make sure they didn’t steal the scenes. They love her and they want what they believe is best for her. The problem is their definition of what is best.

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
Great question! Did you know I used to sell cookies at Christmas as “The Cookie Lady”? So, of course, I have to pick a cookie. I think I’d be this one cookie I make called a Strawberry Ribbon. The sugar cookie base is expected, but the strawberry jam center is a sweet surprise. I think that’s like having Jesus at the center of my life.

This is one of the most often requested cookies I make. Here’s the recipe.

Strawberry Ribbons
2 sticks of butter (1 cup)
1 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 whole egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 C. flour

1 C. powdered sugar
3 T. milk
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugar. Add salt, whole egg, yolk, and extract. Mix in flour.
3. Roll dough into long rope strips about 3/4 inch thick on lightly floured surface.
4. Place ropes on cookie sheet. Make a trough down the center of each rope with handle of wooden spoon.
5. Put in freezer for 5 to 10 minutes, until set.
6. Bake 10 minutes.
7. Remove and fill trough with strawberry preserves.
8. Bake additional 2 to 3 minutes, until preserves melt enough to even out in trough.
9.Cut 2” cookies on the diagonal from the ropes. When cool, drizzle with glaze.

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
I’d say, “Emma, go get dressed for school.” If I say the monster, I’d assume it was her, my 12-year-old daughter. She’s very theatrical and would think it was fun to try and scare me.

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
I know I’m a romantic, but I loved every minute of our wedding. We were surrounded by family and friends, everything went as planned, and it was truly the celebration of our love. We’ll be married 22 years in February.

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
I hate taking my car in to have the oil changed because I don’t like to drive over that hole in the garage where the oil changing guy stands. I can’t help but think what would happen if I somehow missed and drove into the hole. Usually, I just park my car and let them drive it in.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I seem to write a lot about trusting the Lord and letting Him direct your paths. I think our society is so take-charge that we tend to want to tell God what to do, rather than letting Him lead us. Sometimes, I think this stems from a lack of trust and other times it may come from pride, believing we can handle it all on our own.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
God has taught me or is constantly teaching me to trust Him. When I have doubts about being able to finish a story or come up with a new idea, I think of Phil. 1:6. It says, “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.” From my writing friends, to my wonderful agent Wendy Lawton, He provides.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My newest book, A Great Catch, released on May 1. It was so much fun to write.

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Lorna is giving away a copy of A Great Catch. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Judy K said...

I loved the interview with Lorna. I love the fact that she depends on her faith to get her through. I'm sure she has many stories to tell about when she was a high school English teacher. Thanking her also for the delicious sounding recipe "Strawberry Ribbons" they sound yummy! Have a great Mother's Day Sunday! God Bless, Judy K

Maureen said...

I've copied the recipe! Thank you! Really want to read this book!


Anonymous said...

I'd really like to win this book!
Good interview.

apple blossom said...

looks like a fun read thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Lorna said...

Good morning, ladies! The Strawberry Ribbons are delicious. I actually have some dough in my fridge right now ready to make some. We're having guests tonight and I planned on making them, but found out our guests are on a low-carb diet. I didn't think it would be fair to tempt them.

Judy, I don't have as many high school English teaching stories as I do from the year I taught high school kids with behavior disorders at a special school. I loved it, but when I got pregnant, my hubby decided it wasn't the safest place to work. (He was right.)

karenk said...

thanks for sharing your recipe :)

special thanks for the opportunity to read this story :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Joanne Sher said...

This looks like a fun one! Please enter me :)

Courtney said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for a chance to win it!


amber said...

please enter me!! i want to read this!!


Lorna said...

Thank you all for stopping by! Please be sure to stop by and sign up for newsletter, too. I'm giving away a special Great Catch Baseball Gift basket, complete with a signed copy, Amazon gift certificate, and fun items from the book, to one person on my newsletter list at the end of May. Details are on my site.

PriviesAndPrims said...

count me in for wanting to win!

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Jackie S. said...

I would love to win Lorna's book! I have her first it!

Pam K. said...

I enjoyed the interview and learning more about Lorna. I think "A Great Catch" would be a fun book to read.
Thanks for the opportunity to win it.


lgm52 said...

Liked the interview. Book sounds great, too.

Anne Payne said...

This is a great interview, ladies! I totally agree about the trust issue. I think most of us have been raised in a generation where control seems to be paramount, but God is in control and to experience His full blessings we MUST surrender to Him! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of your book. It looks like a wonderful story.


clayfanonamission said...

Awesome! Thanks for the chance to win!


Charlotte Kay said...

Thanks for including me in this giveaway!
Many Blessings and Smiles:)
Charlotte Kay
charlovesmark at gmail dot com

Amy said...

I have your first book and would love to win this book. Please enter me. Thanks.


Linda Yezak said...

I saw this book at Scripture Haven in College Station, Texas, and fell in love with the cover. The expression on that girl's face is priceless! I'm looking forward to this one--it looks like a great catch!

Amanda said...

I'd love to win this book! Thank you so much for the opportunity :)

amanda38401 at gmail dot com

Roanna said...

Sounds like a good book! Please enter me. Thanks!

Charity U said...

Please enter me! I really want to read this. :)

Anonymous said...

A Great Catch sounds like a great book!

Megan said...

I just finished reading "Making Waves" which was a GREAT book, I couldn't put it down. I am really looking forward to reading this book!

Meredith said...

That recipe sounds delicious!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Ann Lee Miller said...

I love your cover!

Lady DragonKeeper said...

Great interview! It made me smile to read some of the questions and answers. =) I've got to try that recipe --it's making me hungry already!

Thanks for the chance to win!


Amy said...

This book sounds great.


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