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Number of Pages: 368
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Lake Manawa Summers
Author Lorna Seilstad's fresh and entertaining voice will whisk readers away to a breezy lakeside summer holiday. Full of sharp wit and blossoming romance, Making Waves is the first book in the LAKE MANAWA SUMMERS series.
Author: Lorna Seilstad
Located in: Iowa
Submitted: April 23, 2010
Tell us a little about yourself. While most kids were going to baseball games on Sunday afternoons, I was going to antique auctions with my parents. Writing Christian historicals is a natural outgrowth of my love of writing, history, and the Lord. I live in Iowa with my husband and three children--ages 18, 16, and 11. My husband and I teach Bible classes and have worked in youth ministry for over 15 years.
What was your motivation behind this project? I wanted to bring the history of this fascinating area back to life. The Lake Manawa resort was THE place to come west of Chicago around the turn of the century. There were grand pavilions, water toboggan slides, a Midway, entertainment acts, a bandstand, and of course, sailboats. Today, Lake Manawa is a state park.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Besides getting to laugh and perhaps even cry a little, I hope readers will take away how much God values truth and how easy it is for us to lie to ourselves.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Having grown up in the Council Bluffs area, I, like most of the people who live here, had no idea of the historical treasure we had. The research left me with a greater appreciation for human spirit. People in that day worked hard and played hard. Life was changing so rapidly for them. Can you imagine living in a tent all summer at a lake in hundred degree temperatures, wearing all those petticoats, in order to have fun?
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I am voracious reader and love all kinds of inspirational fiction. I was first turned onto inspirational fiction while reading the Cheney Duvall, M.D. series by Gilbert and Lynn Morris. Since then, I've loved Marlo Schlatsky, Dee Henderson, Judith Miller, Mary Connealy, Laura Frantz, and Deanne Gist among others. Most recently, I loved Sarah Sundin's new book, A Distant Melody.