Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Interview with Author Lorna Seilstad

A history buff, antique collector, and former high school English teacher, fan favorite Lorna Seilstad is the author of When Love Calls, While Love Stirs, and the Lake Manawa Summers series. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Lorna lives in Iowa with her husband. They have three children. Learn more at

Lorna is giving away a copy of her new novel, As Love Blooms. To enter the drawing, follow the instructions at the end of this post.
Welcome to PASTimes, Lorna. Tell us a little about what you write.
I write historical romance with a generous dash of humor. I think of my writing as taking black and white history and putting color back into it. I am fascinated by history and human nature.
Are you a full-time writer or do you hold a day job? What is the biggest challenge/obstacle you face in protecting your writing time?
I can’t say I write full-time, but I don’t hold another day job. I wear a lot of hats besides writing including wedding planner, cookie maker, and Bible teacher.
What historical time periods interest you the most and how have you immersed yourself in a particular time period?
I am fascinated by the early 1900s. It was a time when the world was changing, but still had that feeling of grace. Women were beginning to move beyond the home, new inventions appeared daily, and the U.S. was yet untouched by a world war. I immerse myself in it mostly by reading newspapers of the day. I can lose hours on the Chronicling of America website.
Introduce us briefly to the main characters in your most recent book.
As Love Blooms features the youngest Gregory sister Tessa. She was a lot of fun to write. As the youngest, she is a charmer. She’s also adventurous, a little outrageous, loves a good challenge, and is even a little manipulative. I’m sure she’ll remind most readers of someone they know.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on some proposals to submit in both the historical romance and the romantic suspense genres.
A reader once asked me this question, and I thought it was a good one. Is there ever a time when you feel like your work is truly finished and complete?
When I’m holding the book in my hands, I feel like it’s finished. At that point, there’s nothing I can change or fix. Holding it is a truly wonderful feeling.
Describe your workspace.
Have you seen hoarders? Well, right now my desk is one step away from being featured on an upcoming episode.
In all honesty, my office is in the basement of our hundred-year-old house. The walls are brick, and in the winter it is very cold. I wear gloves with no fingers, a scarf, and sometimes a coat to work (and yes, I do have a space heater). Remember, Iowa can get pretty chilly in January. My favorite thing in my office is my two computer screens. I can put research up on one and write on the other.
Describe your dream workspace.
Since I do my best thinking while taking a bath, I always joke that my ideal office would have a huge bathtub. I’d love something bright with windows, but I also love the solitude of my basement getaway.
If you could be a character from your favorite historical novel, who would you be?
I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite historical novel, but I think I’d be Cheney Duvall from the books by Gilbert Morris. That series was one of the first historical inspiration ones that I read. She was a doctor and her nurse, Shiloh, stole my heart.
What is the biggest misconception the general public has about authors?
I think a lot of people think that being an author is like what you see on television. They envision lines at book signings. In reality, I’m blessed to have two or three people at my table at any given moment.
What is the biggest misconception beginning writers have about being published?
Sometimes, I think beginning writers see getting published as the big prize when the truth is that what they learn along the way and the friends they make are really the prize to cherish.
What would you like readers to gain from reading your books?
I hope readers will laugh a lot and cry a little, but most of all, I hope they can see the value in trusting the Lord and His plans for them. I try to create characters who struggle and grow.
Thanks for joining us here on Favorite PASTimes. Any final words for readers or writers?

First of all, thank you for having me. I love to interact with readers, especially on my Facebook page.

Lorna is giving away a copy of her new novel, As Love Blooms. To enter, click the Rafflecoptor link below and follow the instructions.
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Patty said...

I am a middle child. I am a bit of a people pleaser and a peacemaker at times. I wouldn't say I am an attention getter that I think many middle kids tend to be...
It is an interesting concept , the idea that birth order helps determine our personality!

Amy C said...

I am the baby of the family. As in even my cousins are about 20 years older than me.
I think at times growing up, I had a hard time trying to fit in. As everyone else was so much older.

traveler said...

I am the middle child and was never any problem at all. Easy and good. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Deanne said...

I am the only child in my family since my parents divorced when I was a few months old and my Mom never remarried. I was lonely growing up and always wanted a sibling. I am the Mother to 12 children and they never feel lonely, but they may feel a lack of privacy !

Deanna Stevens said...

I am the oldest.. I think I've always been the most responsible. Being 5 years older I was never too close to my brother & sister who were 12 months apart..
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LSC's blog said...

I am the third of four children. However I am the only girl in the family. For me I think my qualities were defined by being the only girl in the family . I was always expected to always act like a lady and to be respectful. I cherish those qualities now and and glad I was taught them at a very young age.

Samantha said...

I am a middle child, but since my older sister is 10 years older than me, I often feel like the oldest ;)

I did research on birth order at some point and think it actually affects personality. It’s just in the way you've been raised, the experiences you've had as a child, it surely affects who you are.

I'm actually reliable and controlling as a first born, but also a peacemaker and I thrive on friendship like a middle child ;)

samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

StillyBee said...

I am second born , oldest daughter. I am the peacemaker and most faithful. ..truth teller, accountability is important . Everyone's friend and somebody's enemy.

Wendy Newcomb said...

I fall in kind of a 'mixed' place in my family, I was the second (youngest) child in my family for 13 years, by that time my mother was remarried and I had a sister, so I was then a middle child. That is not counting the half-brothers and half-sister I had on my dad's side, which I didn't see often. I can't say that I was treated any different than my 'whole' brother or my half-sister. I will say that I think personality is completely different than either one of them though.

wfnren at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

I am the oldest sibling and also since my sister died I am the only child. Actually my whole family is deceased and I am the only surviving one. It has taught me to be very independent and to be a great mom to my own kids who I cherish so much.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

cherishedbyalecia said...

I'm the I that's 21st makes me want to be in charge :)

Loraine Nunley said...

I had an older mentally disabled sibling so even though I was the youngest, I often fell into the older sibling roll and sometimes even an only child role. I get my protective nature from it. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

Merry said...

I am number five out of six. I am a peace loving child/adult! :)
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Bonnie Roof said...

I am the older of 2 siblings in my family, and was the "problem" child many years ago - before renewing my relationship with God.

"As Love Blooms" has a beautiful cover, would love to read it - thanks for the interesting interview and giveaway opportunity.