ABOUT AUTHOR: 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.
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What do you hope readers take away from When Love Calls?

Not only do I hope readers will be entertained by When Love Calls, but I hope they will see themselves in Hannah’s struggle. So many times we think we have to be independent to be strong. Our culture values that kind of strength. However, there’s strength in knowing when to lean on others, too, and most importantly, when to lean on the Lord.

What fascinates you about the 1900’s?

The early 1900s is one of my absolute favorite time periods because the world was changing so rapidly. Women were fighting for their right to vote, roles were changing for women, and yet so many things remained the same. Mechanization was changing the world—airplanes, automobiles, and engines of all kinds. It was also the time before the world is turned upside down by the First World War In a way, there was still innocence in the air.

If you could live in 1908 what would you want to experience first hand? What would you miss most in our modern world of today?

Great question! I would want to experience a suffrage convention. Those women were fighters. I don’t agree with everything they said or did, but I admire their intelligence and their spirit. What would I miss? I’d miss the modern conveniences we take for granted—a freezer, an air conditioner, a microwave, a toaster and a blow dryer.

I laughed out loud at the requirements to in being a switchboard operator – It said, “Candidates between 16-25, must possess excellent eyesight and hearing!

Switchboard’s mission in life was to serve the public,” Now a days it’s difficult to get a “live” person on the phone to help you. What did you learn in your research that surprised you and made you laugh?

There were so many things about the switchboard operators that surprised me, but I was shocked at what they could ask the candidates. Not only did they weigh and measure the girls, they asked for the names of their physicians, their druggist, and their minister. Can you imagine if they did any of that today? They also wanted candidates in financial need so they asked questions about that. It shows how much times have changed.

Remember when all of us had land lines and message machines? What do you miss most about having a land line? What do you enjoy most about your cell phone? What features are you surprised your phone is capable of doing?

I still have a land line, but I have a cell phone, too. However, since we use a voice over internet provide (Voip) for our land line, it sometimes does some funky things like I can hear my own voice echoing. I love my cell phone because my kids can get a hold of me any time they need to. Besides having one daughter still at home, I have a son and daughter in college. I still feel connected to them.
Family Photo @ Christmas
As for features, my phone is VERY basic and not very user friendly. I just got texting last month. My son had to figure any of the fancy stuff out, because no one else could.

A history of North American Birds of 1874 is mentioned in your book. What made you put that in there? Are you a bird watcher? If so, what birds have you spotted? What do you enjoy most about this activity?

I’m not a bird watcher, but my mother was. She loved them and was always pointing them out to me. I wish now that I’d have paid better attention. As I’ve gotten older, I think my love for birds has grown.

Your story talks about fires and how they are dealt with back then. It really makes you appreciate our fire fighters and first responders today. What surprised you in your research about this topic for your book? What made you appreciate this group of men and what they do for a living, then and now?

Fire fighters back then had to rely almost solely on their physical abilities. Equipment and gear helped them fight the fire, but did little to protect them. I was quite impressed that most cities had a fire marshal who investigated arsons. These men knew their fires—even without CSI!

Those men and women who serve as fire fighters and first responders today have my upmost respect and admiration. My heart breaks for the families of  the firefighters and first responders in Waco who lost their lives trying to save others.

Bravery, dedication, selflessness, and teamwork are timeless qualities that firefighters possess then and still do today.

Nora: I couldn't agree with you more Lorena!

They had a distinct way of dressing back then – what do you most admire, think was beautiful? What would you personally like to wear or dislike wearing?
Love the Hat on the Front Cover

I absolutely love the hats! I wish hats like that would come back. Who wouldn't look good in them? The dresses, too, are gorgeous. What I wouldn't like would be the corsets! I’m afraid I do not have a corset friendly figure. I also can’t imagine how hot those dresses were in the summer.

Lorna and Judith Miller - Fun


What movie affected you most when you were young? If you didn't watch movies what books affected you most? 

The first movie I remember seeing when I was young was Pinocchio. The one I think affected me most was The Wizard of Oz. The flying monkeys terrified me, but I loved everything else about the movie—especially the ruby slippers.

Nora: Oh, I didn't like the witch and the monkey's. I didn't like that movie because it scared me.

You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play? 

I’d be the teacher of the children. Other than writing, I’m passionate about teaching. When I wasn’t teaching, I’d probably be cooking. I love that, too.

When it’s time for you to relax and read which way do you enjoy reading and why – digital or paper books? What types of stories to you like to read?

I have a Kindle, which I do enjoy, but I prefer holding the book in my hands. I can sneak a peek at the chapters ahead a lot easier with a book. (I’m a terrible cheat.) I also love the feel and the smell of books. As for what I like to read, I love reading many genres including fantasy, science fiction, suspense, contemporary romance, and of course, historicals. Give me a good plot, good characters, and good romance and I’m a happy girl.

A friend of yours has a time machine, and they are going to let you use it for a while. Where would you go and what would you do?

This is an unfair question for someone who loves history! Besides hopping back to any number of Biblical moments, I’d go back spend another day with my mother. My children were five and two when she died and my youngest wasn’t even thought of yet. I’d take pictures of them and ask her a whole lot of parenting questions I never got to ask.

Nora: Thanks for answering this even thought it was unfair!! LOL!!

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  1. "When Love Calls" is a delightful breath of fresh spring air! The perfect mix of history, romance, humor, mystery - held together with great writing! Bravo, Lorna!

    1. Thank you, Cathy! And thank you for stopping by here.