Sunday, May 26, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Lorna Seilstad

It's so good to have you here today!

What started you on your writing journey?
When I was in 4th grade I had a teacher who had us do creative writing assignments every Friday. She started each with a fun prompt. Once, we come to school and she’d put construction paper foot prints all over the walls and ceiling and we had to write how they go there. From that first story, I was hooked.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Social media! A lot of authors tend toward being introverts, but I’m more of an extrovert. Being around others fuels me, so when my energy starts to wan, I seek company and that can get me off track.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I think I was most interested in capturing the three Gregory sisters’ as a whole. I wanted to make characters that would grow with each book, but I also wanted them to be true to their birth order. I wanted to capture some of the magic of sisterhood.

What is your strangest habit?
I say, “Good cow” like someone would say “good grief” and “Oh my cow” like some say “Oh my goodness.” For example, I might say, “Good cow, did you see how close that care came to us?” or “Oh my cow, it was crazy!”

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
A witty sense of humor gets me every time. I have a very funny, witty sister-in-law, and whenever the two of us get together, I laugh until I cry.

What is your favorite season of the year? 
I love all four seasons for different reasons, but without a doubt, my favorite season is fall. I love the colors, the temperatures, and the sweaters. Fall is like a sweet sigh after summer’s heat and a time to brace yourself for winter.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Absolutely! My basement office is a living testament to that. It needs a BIG cleaning and purging. My next deadline is June 1. After that, I think I’ll tackle the whole area.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
All of my books seem to have an element of surrendering to God’s plan rather than making a plan of your own. I think that’s something I struggle with so it shows up in my books.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
The next book in the Gregory Sisters Series comes out in May of 2014. It’s the middle sister Charlotte’s story and isn’t titled yet. She goes to Fannie Farmers School of Cookery. When she returns, no man will hire a woman chef, so she takes a job teaching women how to cook on their brand new gas stoves—and of course she falls in love along the way.

Thanks for joining us today, Lorna!


To Buy her book, go here:

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A history buff, antique collector, wedding coordinator, and freelance graphic designer, Lorna Seilstad is the author of Making Waves, A Great Catch, and The Ride of Her Life. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing contests and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Lorna lives in Council Bluffs, Iowa, with her husband. They have two children in college and one still at home.

To Connect with Lorna, go here:

Lorna Seilstad Author Page!/pages/Lorna-Seilstads-Fan-Page/119754468040830

Every Good Gift Blog

Inkspirational Messages (group blog)

Lorna is giving away a copy of When Love Calls. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jennifer Blanton said...

looks and sounds like a great book- I love reading books from this time period.


squiresj said...

Would love to win, read and review this book and then pass it to somone else.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Patty said...

Thanks for the interview and chance to win!


Rose Milligan said...

Your next book sounds really good. Thanks for having the giveaway.


KayM said...

Lorna, you sound like a fun person and I imagine your humor shows up in your writing.
may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

Patricia Bradley said...

Oh my cow, I love your cover. Would love to win a copy. Enjoyed the interview. pat at ptbradley dot com

Pam K. said...

I became a fan of Lorna's books when reading The Ride of Her Life. I'd like to read the others in that series and well as this new series about the Gregory sisters. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of When Love Calls.

pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net, said...

Welcome Lorna. I love the cover of this book and so want to have it.

I have been following it around, hoping i might just get lucky at some point. Such a pretty lady, fashion, and I love the color purple. I loved the way your teacher did in your 4th grade class. Would have loved to read your story about the footprints on ceiling and walls. Wish we had teachers like that now. Thanks for the give-away. Thanks Caroline for hosting Lorna, and please put my name in the drawing. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Emma said...

When Love Calls sounds wonderful.Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win .

Wendy Newcomb said...

Nice cover, thank you for hosting this giveaway.


Abbi Hart said...

Haha I may have to start saying Oh my cow now-too funny!

Sharon A. Lavy said...

It is not too late to leave comments on this post or yesterday's post either. The contest is open all week long!

Lorna said...

Oh my cow! Look at all the visitors! Thank you all for taking the time to read about my writing journey. MAXIE, I can't remember what I wrote in that fourth grade story. I probably have it somewhere in the attic.

If you are just stopping by now, as Sharon said, please go ahead and leave a comment. The giveaway is open all week!

Amy Smith said...

Great interview. I love learning about the authors, it makes it so personal. Enter me for a copy of the book please. amylsmith(at)bledsoe(dot)net

Boos Mum said...

Your "oh my cow" saying is cute. Your book sounds great. Please enter me.


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Susan said...

Thanks for the interview. Would love to win. Thanks. elaine1255(at)yahoo(dot)com

Judy said...

What a delightful interview with Lorna. I would love to win a copy of When Love Calls.

Judy B

apple blossom said...

love Lorna's books thanks for the chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

HomePlace Gatherings said...

Love the cover! That alone makes me want to read it!

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book. Thanks for the drawing.

Katie J.

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in this contest.
Brittany M.

Jorie said...

Hallo, again! :)

I like how Ms. Seilstad went for continuity of the stories within the series, but also wanted to maintain the sisters individualism as well, by inter-connecting them yet giving them each their own unique voice. I personally love serials for this very reason -- you get to continue to see where your beloved characters go next, yet you always have the chance to enhance what you came to know by new events, new characters and the drama of life that pursues.

Rock on, Ms. Seilstad - I'm an extrovert, too! We're a bit rare, eh? For writers!?

You use "cow" as I use "wicked" -- we each developed our own superlative of choice! I use wicked to express certain things, inasmuch as they do up in New England!? Where you'll find the phrase 'wicked good'!? I picked up the expression whilst reading British stories and watching a heap of BBC! I've turned it into my own superlative of choice: wicked sweet, smashingly wicked, wickedest, etc! It simply means the equilvant of the Aussies or Brits who say "smashing!", or on the level that something that is robustly keen and worth celebrating!

Thanks for offering this wicked sweet bookaway! I am thankful to have found The Barn Door! :)


Lorna said...

Thank you all for stopping by! Remember if you're just joining us, you can leave a comment all week, too.

Jorie,I think the majority of writers are introverts or something sort of in between. I've tried to make all three sisters unique and fit their birth order. It's been a challenge, but its been a lot of fun, too.

I guess the "cow" thing works well for me since I was raised as a farm girl.

Joy Hannabass said...

I love Lorna's books....and I would love to win this one to review and then donate to our church library!

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