Monday, May 2, 2011

Lorn Seilstad's "A Great Catch"

We're happy to have Lorna Seilstad with us today talking about her book A Great Catch. To learn more about Lorna and her book, read on!

Title: A Great Catch
Publisher: Revell/ Baker Books

Cover blurb: She wants to change the world. He wants to change her mind. It's the beginning of a new century at Lake Manawa resort in Iowa, but some things never change. When Emily Graham's meddlesome aunts and grandmother take it upon themselves to find her a husband among the resort guests, the spunky suffragist is determined to politely decline each and every suitor. She has neither the time nor the need for a man in her busy life.
Carter Stockton, a recent college graduate and a pitcher for the Manawa Owls baseball team, intends to enjoy every minute of the summer before he is forced into the straitlaced business world of his father.
When their worlds collide, neither Emily nor Carter could have guessed what would come next. Will Carter strike out? Or will Emily cast her vote for a love that might cost her dreams?
The perfect summer novel, A Great Catch will enchant you with its breezy setting and endearing characters.

"A Great Catch weaves humor, history, romance, and spiritual truths into a delicious story that will delight readers' hearts. What a fun, relaxing read! I'd like to remain at Lake Manawa forever."--Laura Frantz, author of The Frontiersman's Daughter and Courting Morrow Little
"A Great Catch is a grand slam! In a story as refreshing and invigorating as lemonade, Seilstad raises deep questions about a woman's relationship with God, her dreams, and the people in her life--while making me laugh so loudly my kids came running to get in on the joke."--Sarah Sundin, author of the Wings of Glory series

1)How did this story come to you?
While I was researching Lake Manawa for the series, I discovered that baseball was such a huge thing at the time. I decided I wanted to somehow incorporate it in with the book. I also knew I wanted the heroine to be suffragist. After mixing the two together, I got A Great Catch.

2)Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
This is the second book in the Lake Manawa Summers series. I contracted all three books after meeting Revell’s senior acquisitions editor, Andrea Doering, at an ACFW conference. Writing this book has been so much fun!

3)Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. I played violin (badly) in elementary school.
2. I was once pulled over for armed robbery because my car matched the getaway car used by a bank robber. I didn’t think there was another ’73 Dodge Polara still in existence and neither did the state patrol officers who came to my door with their guns drawn.
3. The line in A Great Catch where Emily says she could trip over a chalk line drawn on the sidewalk is something my older brother once told me. It’s true. I relate a lot to Emily and her struggle with gracefulness.

4)What are you working on now and what's next for you?
Right now, I’m working on book 3 in the Lake Manawa Summers Series. It will feature a love interest with the roller coaster designer.

5)Parting comments?
Thank you for having me! Making Waves is available on Kindle free this month, so if you haven’t read it, be sure to download it. I am also having a special Baseball Gift Basket Giveaway for those who sign up for my newsletter by the end of May. You can sign up on my website.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet? (10-writer blog)
On Facebook and on Twitter.


  1. I love reading Lorna's books. Her humor is outstanding and she keeps you wanting to turn the page.

  2. Great interview. That must have been something else being pulled over for a bank robbery because you had the same car as the getaway car. That kind of excitement I'm sure that you could have done without. Please enter me in the drawing.


  3. good job on the interview ;)

  4. Sounds like a great book. angelmom1165(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. Hi Jamie,thank you! Writing A GREAT CATCH was so much fun.

    Jo, I have to admit I was scared to death. I was transporting a fellow student back home from college and the officer said, "He matches the description, but you don't so we're going to let you go." Can you imagine if I had matched the description?

  6. Never read anything by Lorna but this book sounds really great! Love the interview! Thanks for a chance to win! Already an email subscriber


  7. Thanks Zion!

    Terri, good luck!

  8. I loved "Making Waves"! Lorna describes the setting so well it's like watching a movie. A classic movie - one you want to watch again and again. The characters are just as well-written. Each has just the right touch of quirky humor to keep them real.

    If you haven't read "Making Waves" - you owe it to yourself to get that free Kindle copy! But I'm hoping to get a free copy of "A Great Catch" :D

    (P.S. my best friend's name is Lorna, so naturally I had to read Lorna Seilstad's novel!)


  9. This sounds like a great book!

  10. One of my favorite authors. I would love to win this book. Add my name to the drawing.

  11. Tammy, you're so sweet! If you liked the quirky humor in MW, I think you'll love especially love the aunts in A Great Catch. The heroine, Emily, has two elderly aunts who were just a hoot to write.

    And you have a friend named Lorna? There aren't many of us around. My mom was named Lorna, too. I went by Lori growing up, but my real name is Lorna. She named me that in case I became a doctor or an author, because she thought it sounded more professional. Wild, huh?

    Ann, good luck!

  12. Hi Lorna and Dawn.
    Hey Lorna Dawn....that's poetic, like Lorna Doone.

    Anyway, great interview. I've got my copy of A Great Catch so don't include me in the drawing.

    I haven't read it yet but it's at the top of my tbr pile. I can't wait!!!!!!!

  13. Sounds like a fun read, thanks for the chance to win.

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  14. I've heard great things about Lorna's debut novel and have downloaded it. I'm looking forward to reading the entire series.

  15. a wonderful posting....thanks for the opportunity to read this beautiful story.

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  16. I can not WAIT to hold this book in my hot little hands. "Making Waves" was such a delight, and I know what a talented writer Lorna is, from way back!! Great interview!

  17. Sounds interesting! It was nice to meet you online.

  18. Hey Mary! It's killing me to wait to read DEEP TROUBLE, too. I hate being on deadline. I'm sure it's just amazing.

    Pegg, thank you for stopping by!

  19. Hi Keli. I'm so glad you downloaded Making Waves. I hope you enjoy it.

    Karen, thank you. That's so sweet.

    Regina,I hope you get to hold A GREAT CATCH very soon, and I hope you find it as delightful as MAKING WAVES.

  20. I have Making Waves (will read it soon!) and would love to have A Great Catch! Please enter me! Thanks!!!

  21. I do subscribe via E mail.

  22. Susette, nice to meet you, too. :)

  23. Jackie, I'm glad you have Making Waves on your To-Be-Read pile. It would be fun to read the two books back to back. Good luck!

  24. This book sounds like a blast! Thanks for the giveaway -- I'd love to win!

    P.S. I do subscribe to this blog by email, but I always have difficulty with posting with my google account. Sorry for always being anon.

  25. please include me in this book giveaway thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  26. Emily, you share your name with the main character in A GREAT CATCH.

    Miss Blossom, wishing you luck in the drawing.

  27. Please enter me!!
    Thank you!
    Lisa Nelson

  28. I would LOVE this one. I love baseball [Cards are playing Mets and Cubs during ACFW - hoping to go to Sunday's game!] and this just looks so fun! I loved Making Waves!

    I'm subscribed via email [though I'm not sure what address - they all go to the same place eventually].

    carol at carolmoncado dot com

  29. I enjoyed reading the interview. This book sounds really good and I would love to win a copy. I am an e-mail subscriber.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  30. Great interview- I loved her comment about challenges with grace :) Thanks! ihhcheryl at comcast dot net

  31. I'm an email subscriber. I would love to win a copy of the book. Great interview.

    dancealert at aol dot com

  32. Good luck, Lisa!

    Hi Carol. Glad you enjoyed Making Waves!

    Nancy, thank you for stopping by!

  33. Cheryl, I can assure you I relate well to Emily's character and her struggles with gracefulness. My dad said, "We sent her to dance lessons to help her be more graceful and look where that got us." Then, my mother said, "Just think where she would have been without them." :)

    Brenda, thanks for stopping by.

  34. I am loving this series, I'm ready for more fun at Lake Manawa! Thanks for making me smile, Lorna. Please drop my name in the hat. Thanks.

    I'm a subscriber.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  35. Oh, Merry, we'll gladly put your name in. I'm so glad the series is bringing you some smiles.

  36. Sounds like a great story! Hope to win!

  37. Please enter me...sounds like a great book!

  38. Sounds like a great read!

  39. You remember that line in Jerry McGuire, "You had me at Hello"? Well as I read your comments that you could trip over a chalkline I burst out laughing, you had described my 20 year old to a "t". When I read it to her, she said I had just found her new best friend, get the book! You had us at the chalkline! It is wonderful to know the real people behind the words.