It’s my privilege to introduce to you Ms. Lorna Seilstad. Lorna is a fellow ACFW member, and just one of my many cyber-friends whom I’ve never met. She’s taken a little bit of time out of her busy schedule to be here today to tell us how and why she does.
I use Cheryl Wyatt’s Plot Storming Form to originally get a story organized. Then, I write a synopsis. After that, I do a tentative chapter by chapter. That often changes as I go. I keep a running timeline, too.
What’s the most surprising thing a character has “told you”?
In book 3, the main character, Lilly, has informed me that she loves rocks. She’s become quite a geologist. To her, rocks represent a solid world she’s never had.
Do you have a list of characters that you’re saving for future use? What kind of information do you keep on these characters?
No, I don’t, but what a great idea. The setting often spurs my characters. I try to picture who might have lived in a particular area.
What does your work space/office look like?
An appropriate description might be “Nightmare on Grace Street.” I actually live on Grace Street. I like to say I live in grace and on Grace. My office space is in our basement. In the winter I freeze and have to wear gloves with no fingertips and wear layers. Right now, though, it’s cool. The whole basement is badly in need of a good re-organization.
What is your go-to snack when writing?
Chocolate anything is at the top of my list. Oreo cookies are my favorite. I also love cottage cheese. That’s often my breakfast.
If you could only recommend one NOVEL, what would it be? Why?
Talk about a hard question. I think I’d pick To Kill a Mockingbird. The story is such a classic with a message humanity needs to hear over and over.
If you could only recommend one CRAFT book (writing, no crocheting), what would it be? Why?
Honestly, I’ve only read a few craft books, but I can heartily recommend the Seekerville blog and all of the archives from ACFW’s online classes. I’ve learned so much from those places.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you so much for hosting me today!