Thursday, February 23, 2012

1st Blogoversary: Interview with Lorna Seilstad & Giveaway!

Lorna, welcome to Hardcover Feedback! Thank you SO much for being a part of my 1st Blogoversary Celebration! Would you tell us a little about yourself?
First of all, Megan, I want to say Happy Blogoversary! And thank you for inviting me to celebrate with you.
A little about myself, huh? I’m married to a wonderful man, and as of this month, it will be for 22 years. We have three children. I have a son who’s a sophomore in college, a daughter who’s about to graduate high school, and another daughter in seventh grade. Besides writing, I love to read, bake, and teach. I used to teach high school English, but now my teaching is limited to classes at church or summer camp.
I’m the author of the Lake Manawa Summers Series. Making Waves and A Great Catch have already released, but the third book of the Lake Manawa series, The Ride of Her Life, releases in May and I’m very excited about it.

What or who made the biggest influence on you wanting to become a writer?
I had the same teacher for English in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. Every Friday, we had creative writing. Sometimes we’d arrive at school and find footprints taped around the walls and she’d tell us to write about how they got there. Other times, she wrote prompts on the board or handed us a shape from a bag. We had to hand in a rough draft and a final draft (proofed by our parents) every Monday morning. I fell in love with writing.

What was the first book you ever wrote about and was it ever published?
I’ve written a lot of novel length stories because I wrote fan fiction before I started writing original material. My stories are still available on the internet under Oreolover at in their archives.
The first original manuscript I wrote has not been published, but the second one I wrote became Making Waves.

Do you have any writing habits that people might find unusual?
Habits? Probably not. But my office is in the basement and it’s very cold. I wear gloves with the fingertips cut off, two blankets and have a space heater. If it’s below zero outside, I usually have to wear a coat and scarf to write down there.

 Do you have a favorite character or one that is especially close to your heart?
I don’t have a favorite because that would be like picking a favorite child, but Emily in A Great Catch is near and dear to my heart because she is a klutz like me. I can so relate to her.

What is the best gift you have ever received and who gave it to you?
Oh, that’s a hard one Megan. I’ve been blessed by a lot of gifts. One special one was from my dad. When I was a girl, we collected antiques. I came home one day and my dad had been to an auction. Lying across our living room floor was 30 Nancy Ann Storybook dolls in their original boxes. That was amazing.
Another one was from my husband. After the birth of our second child, my husband gave me a special “mother and child” necklace. It was of a mother holding her child. He had their birthstones put on it, too. 

What is something that you have always wanted to do, but just haven't gotten around to it yet?
Clean my house? No, actually, I think I’d like to learn web design.

What is your all-time favorite book? 
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. I wrote to her when I was in elementary school and she wrote me back. I’d asked for advice on becoming a writer, and she said to keep a journal of all your thoughts and feelings. I didn’t keep the journal on paper, but I did in my head. I became much more aware of my thoughts and feelings after that.

Other than yourself, who is your favorite author?
I have always loved Anne McCaffrey, a science fiction/ fantasy author, and of course, Madeline L’Engle, but I have waaaaay too many favorites to count.

If a TV show was based on your life, what would the theme song be and why?
“I’m in a Hurry to Get Things Done”—I always feel like there’s more to do than hours in the day.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Read. It feeds my soul and my muse. I also like to bake.

Are you an early bird or a night owl?
I’m really an early bird in that I’m at my highest energy level in the morning, but I can stay up late and work, too.

What is your favorite TV show and/or movie?
Currently, my favorite television shows are Bones, Castle, NCIS, and Burn Notice.

If you had the opportunity to go anywhere you wanted, at any time in history, where would you go and why?
I’d go back to the day when Jesus fed the 5,000 with five loaves of bread and two fish. I would love to see that happen.

You are given an unlimited budget to plan your ultimate party. Please describe it (i.e. Where would it take place? Who would be on the guest list? What would be on the menu? Would there be a theme? etc.).
I also do wedding planning, so I’ve gotten the chance to plan a lot of fun, romantic events. But the party I’d love to throw is quite different than that.
One of my best friends has been a foster mother to about 30 teenagers, besides having six children of her own. She stay in close contact with nearly all of the kids who have lived in her home. Most of them have their own kids call her grandma. (She’s only 45.) I’d love to throw a special party in her honor where all those she’s touched could come together and tell her how she has helped them over the years.
I would hold the party someplace where we could have a big sit down gala and serve her favorite foods—and of course there would be chocolate. Then afterwards, I’d extend the party with just the two of us going on a vacation. She doesn’t get to do things like that. I’d have to hire super nanny to take her place while she was away, too. 

What are you currently working on?
I’m working on book 1 of a new series which is tentatively called The Gregory Girls series. It will come out in May of next year. I’m also getting ready for the release of The Ride of Her Life this May. 

Where can people connect with you online?
I love to chat with readers and can be found at , on Facebook, and on Twitter. I think I’ll be dipping my foot into Pinterest this week, too.

Thank you so much Lorna for being on Hardcover Feedback!


Lorna has graciously offered to give away a signed copy of one of her books, including The Ride of Her Life - winner's choice! If the winner is from the US they may choose a autographed book or an e-book. If the winner is NOT from the US, then they would receive an e-book.
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  1. I think wedding planning would be really fun and interesting and of course romantic. How wonderful!

  2. I loved the party you would plan for your friend Lorna! People like that definitely need to be appreciated more! They are the angels in disguise in this world.

  3. I am now reading A Wrinkle in Time. I should say it's a great book; more than great, after I started a chapter and told myself I will only read two chapters but before I know it, I'm on the fifth. The gifts you received are great. I love children's book as well, so I will hunt for the Nancy Ann Storybook, especially when it's my namesake. I was baptized Nancy Ana. Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. Great interview, Megan! Loved the questions and responses you got from Lorna :) Happy Blogoversary once again to you and Happy Anniversary to Lorna and her beloved hubby as well!! So many wonderful things to celebrate this month :)

    I enjoyed learning that Lorna had the same English teacher in 4th, 5th and 6th grade and the enjoyment she got from that class. God bless teachers like that who really bring the creative side out of their students while making class fun!

    Thanks for this wonderful giveaway, Megan! Blessings, Kara

  5. 30 Nancy Ann Storybook dolls. How awesome. Mom collects dolls but had not even heard of these before. Thanks for sharing. Happy Anniversary to Lorna and hubby (and you, of course, Megan for your beautiful blogs)

  6. Great interview, Megan! I loved learning about Lorna's doll collection, and her favorite book. Thanks for opportunity to win one of her books, and happy blogaversary!


  7. A little thing that caught my eye is the fact that her books can be found under 'oreolover', so I take it she's a fellow lover of oreo's, YES!


  8. loved reading about her writing habits. office description.

  9. Great interview, Megan and Lorna! I loved her story about her doll collection. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of her books!

    Happy Blogoversary!!

  10. Hi all, I'm sorry I'm late stopping by. Margaret, I love planning weddings--unless I get a bridezilla. I've only had a couple of those, but they can ruin the day for everyone.

    Abbi, my friend certainly deserves that party! She's an amazing person and the world needs more people like her.

    Hi Nancy Anna :) I think that A Wrinkle in Time was the first book that completely swept me away. I just loved it. Madeleine L'Engle also wrote some adult books which I enjoyed, too.

  11. Kara, I couldn't agree more with you about God blessing teachers. I hold my teacher's in the highest reguard.

    Hi Marianne! We collected antique/collectible dolls, and all of them are special, but I have to admit the Storybook Dolls will always hold a special place in my heart.

    Welcome Gwendolyn. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading.

    wfnren, you found me out! Oreos are indeed the best cookie every to grace a store shelf.

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  13. 3. Apple Blossom, I'm glad you enjoyed hearing about my frigid little office. It's SOOOO much warmer this year with the new little heater.

    Welcome Crystal! By the time I left home for college, I had over a hundred dolls. As a girl, I played with three or four. My first doll has no hair because I pulled it all out as a little girl. Sad, isn't it?

    Hi Reviewing Shelf! Thank you for stopping by.

    Oops. I just noticed I should have hit the reply button under each person's name.

  14. I had to smile when I read you wanted to go back when Jesus fed 5,000 with five loaves of bread and two fish...I would definitely love to see that, but after I go back to ride a dinosaur.

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY~ *throws balloons*

    1. Lilan, ride a dinosaur? Really? Did you ever watch that show on television call Lost World? I might go back to that time period if I could live in a tree house with Lord Roxton. :)

  15. Loved the story about the teacher who inspired your creative writing. Very impressive! Loved your first two books and can't wait to read the next one!

    1. Thank you so much,Candice! I'm really excited about The Ride of Her Life because it's Lilly's story. Of course the hunky roller coaster designer doesn't hurt, either.

  16. I liked that she had a teacher in elementary school who inspired her to write. I can relate because one of the teachers I had in elem. school inspired me to become a teacher.


    1. Marissa, that's wonderful! Teachers are SO important. Thank you for sharing yourself that way.

  17. I have not read any of your books and they look so good, I liked getting to know little about you from the interview and your interest to be with Jesus when he fed the 5000 was an interesting thought, I would have liked that myself.
    thanks for sharing your books
    Paula O(

    1. Thank you, Pol. Maybe we can get a front row seat on the replay of that miracle in heaven some day.

  18. I have all of your books on my to read list. They look so good. I loved learning all the tidbits about you. I am a klutz as well! Thanks for sharing! Megan S.

  19. I LOVED the first two Lake Manawa books and can't wait for The Ride of Her Life. Lorna's writing is fantastic!


    1. Liz, you're such a sweetie to say that. Thank you, you've blessed me, my friend.

  20. Can't believe that she writes in a place that is so cold. I couldn't stand it.

    1. Shelena, at least I never fell asleep. Now that I have a heater, I get so sleepy.

  21. Being cold in her basement is what stuck out to me. I don't know how she does it. My fingers start going numbe when they get cold. Crazy!

    1. Hi Tressa. My fingers do get cold. I wear the fingertipless gloves, but if it's below zero outside, I usually have to write on my laptop upstairs. I don't write as well there, though.

  22. Loved The Wrinkle in Time! The Ride of her Life looks good!

    1. Marie, wasn't that an amazing book? I've tried to get my girls to read it, but neither of them did. I feel like I've failed them. I probably should have said, "No, you can't read that. It's way above your heads." Then, they would have jumped on it.

  23. I loved the part of her working on a new series...which is always exciting for new beginnings.