Monday, May 16, 2011

A Great Catch Monday!

Happy Monday--and indeed it is a happy Monday here at F.A.I.T.H. We are thrilled to welcome guest blogger author Lorna Seilstad.

I was blog surfing one day shortly after my book was released and I came across a beautiful cover of a book titled A Great Catch. Imagine my curiosity as my book was titled Her Best Catch.

I instantly looked for the author, Lorna, and found her website. I talked about seeing her book at my local ACFW meeting and someone told me how great her first book Making Waves was. Well I had to read it, and it was great. I haven't had the opportunity to read A Great Catch yet, but will be doing so asap! Honestly, who could resist this book with it's cover? Not me.

Lorna has answered a few questions we sent her, so here she is, historical romance author Lorna Seilstad!!

Lindi P.---You've got a great thing going with your series. Tell us a little
bit about where
it takes place and why you decided to set your stories there.

Lorna----My grandfather purchased one of the bath houses for $300 when the resort closed in 1927 and moved it to a lot in what had once been the Midway. He converted the bath house into a home and that was where my dad grew up. He told me stories about Lake Manawa's heyday. When I started to research it, I knew I had to write about this fascinating area.

Lindi P.-- What made you want to write about a baseball player?

Lorna----While I was researching, I found out that baseball was a big deal in the area at that time. In face, Lake Manawa had two teams which regularly played there. The one with the better record was called the Merchant Browns. I used the other team, the Lake Manawa Owls, because I liked the name better.

Lindi P.--I think your covers are beautiful. Did you get a say in them?

Lorna----Revell's art department does a wonderful job with covers. They send me out a questionaire that asks everything from my ideas for a cover and what kinds I like to who I cast if the book were a movie. They also ask me to send any photos I used of the characters and photos of the clothes I had characters wear. I sent a photo of the black and white dress. It was a 1901 dress from a museum. They took the photo and had the dress made for the model to wear for the cover shoot.

Lindi P.---Your title is A Great Catch--mine is Her Best Catch? Synchronicity? What
do you think?

Lorna----They are both "catchy" titles, aren't they? It would be interesting to compare how the two titles fit the stories. Ironically, Emily doesn't see herself as "a great catch," something her aunts are happy to remind her of.

I just love the cover of your book. It seems like something from an old classic romance movie.

Lindi P.----How did you come up with your heroines? Marguerite in Making Waves was so
much fun to read about.

Lorna---One afternoon, I was out with my sister-in-law. She is very witty, and I thought, "What if she had been born at a time when a woman couldn't say all those funny things that popped in her head?" That's how Marguerite was born. My sister-in-law says that if I tell that story, I have to point out that's where the similarities end.

Lindi P.--- Can you tell us anything about the 3rd book?

Lorna---Book 3 is Lilly's story. Practical, no-nonsense Lilly becomes involved with the roller coaster designer who has come to the lake to construct The Velvet Roller Coaster. Just like a coaster, the story has a lot of twists and turns.

Lindi here---When talking about how our titles are similar Lorna mentioned how they fit into the stories. I love how in her story her aunts tell the heroine she's a great catch. My 'great catch' is more focused on the hero--he is a great catch for my heroine who isn't even looking to 'catch' anything.

Lorna, it's been great having you here today--thank you very much!!

And it's a double-book giveaway day! Yes, you read right. Leave a comment on this post until Thursday night at midnight and your name will be entered to win both books. 1 winner--2 books.


  1. Lorna, that is so neat that they made that dress from a photo that you sent in!

    Lindi, you and Lorna both have beautiful covers!

    Great interview :)

  2. Amazing places where inspiration comes from. Both books sound like so much fun.

    Lindi- did you find any other parallels between the two books (other than baseball)?

    Definitely consider me in the if I need more books. My hubby may go into a coma from too many books in the house, but I'll be happy. Tee-hee-hee.

  3. Love the interview ladies, and I love the cover of your book Lorna! Love the whole premise & era of A Great Catch. I'll have to be sure to grab a copy.

  4. Eva--I thought the dress story was very cool as well.

  5. Dianna--Lorna's book are historicals which I love to read. Not sure about more similarities--I'll let you know. But I was thrilled to find her and her books.

  6. Christy--the cover did 'catch' my eye as well! I'm sure what's on the inside is just as fun as the outside. And I do love the premise of the third book.

  7. What a fun interview! I love the two covers! Lorna, thanks for being with us on the blog today. I'll be sure to check out your books. I love historicals.

  8. Oh boy yes I would like to enter to win both the books thanks

  9. Hi Ann,
    Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Hello Ladies! Thank you for having me as a guest. I'm sorry I'm tardy to the party, though.

    Eva, I'm glad you like the cover. I just love Lindi's cover, too.

    Dianna, I am always amazed at where ideas come from. They seem almost as diverse as all the people writing books.

    Christy, I just love the turn of the century. The world was changing so fast and women were trying new things. It makes for a lot of fun and tension.

  11. Lindi and Missy, thank you for having me as a guest today. And Lindi, I think "her best catch" must be something if he looks that good in a suit. :)

  12. What a great interview! I will have to check back more often. I love Lorna's books!

  13. Both these books sound great and I love the covers of each. I think it is neat how the titles are so catchy for both the historical and contemporary genres.

  14. I don't know why Blogger is listing me as David and not Lorna. David is my hubby but the comments above are from me. Sorry. We'll see what happens this time.

    Chelsea and Jennifer, thank you for stopping by!

  15. Hey, yay, it's me again! The blogger gnomes have listened.

  16. Chelsea--please do check back. Lorna does have it going on, doesn't she?
    Thanks for stopping by!

  17. Jenn,
    Lorna's cover and title caught my eye. I think I would have been drawn to Lorna's book even if I hadn't had one out with a similar title. And like you I love that one is historical and one is contemporary.

  18. a great posting....thanks for the chance to read these fabulous novels, too :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  19. Hi Karen,
    Thanks for stopping by. :)