BOOK TOUR INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Seers by Heather Frost
Today I am super excited to host an interview with Heather Frost, the author of Seers! After the interview, you will have a chance to win a copy of the book for yourself.
For Kate Bennet, surviving the car wreck that killed her parents means big changes and even bigger problems. As she begins to see auras and invisible people, Kate must learn to trust Patrick O’Donnell, a handsome Guardian, or risk her life being overrun with Demons. She soon realizes that both she and her heart are in big-time trouble.
My Interview with Heather
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m 22 years old, and a student at Utah State University. I’m the second oldest out of ten children, and I love my family more than anything. I love to spend time in imaginary worlds, and I’m a fan of ruined castles. I play the flute, and I make it a point to have a Lord of the Rings trilogy marathon at least once a year—the extended versions, of course. Basically, I’m a geek.
2. What made you want to become a writer?
I’ve always loved a good story, and it wasn’t long before I had dreams of becoming an author. Reading was my favorite thing to do as a kid, and becoming a writer just made sense. I loved books way too much to stay away from writing. I’m a shy person, and it was hard to face rejections when I first started trying to publish a novel, but I knew my characters deserved to get out there, so I never stopped trying—and I never will.
3. Who or what gives you inspiration?
My characters inspire me to keep going, but it’s the people in my life that inspire me to write. My family and friends are so supportive. I also get a lot of my ideas for stories from the books I read, and the movies and people I watch. Inspiration is all over the place, you just have to look for it.
4. Tell us about Seers.
Seers is about a senior in high school—Kate Bennett—who’s recently lost her parents in a car accident, and gained the ability to see auras. Set in present day New Mexico, Kate is about to find herself in the middle of an immortal war between Guardians and Demons. Both sides need her help; the Guardians are asking nicely, but the Demons aren’t as polite.
Seers is really a story about continuing to live, even after you’ve lost someone you love. The heart of the story, for me, is in learning to trust that happiness can have a part in your life again, even after experiencing incredible loss.
5. What’s the hardest part of being a writer?
Getting up in front of large groups of people! I love meeting with fans and fellow book enthusiast, but public speaking is not exactly my favorite thing in the world. I get sick of marketing, as well. It’s the business side of writing, so it’s necessary, but I definitely prefer spending my time in the creative department.
6. What do you need around you to write (special drink, lucky items, etc)?
I need music! I can’t write when everything’s quiet. I also need to have scratch paper nearby, because I like to physically scribble down notes and sudden inspiration. And I definitely write best at my desk. I know plenty of authors that prefer writing at a park, or in a coffee shop, but there’s no way I’d be able to get anything done.
7. What are some of your favorite books?
Some, huh? Top favs: “Jane Eyre”, “The Scarlet Pimpernel”, “Harry Potter”, “The Belgariad Series” by David Eddings, “The Hourglass Door” by Lisa Mangum, “Peter Pan”, “Matched”, by Allie Condie, and most recently, “Seeking Persephone”, by Sarah M. Edan. I could easily go on….
8. Are your characters based on anyone you know?
Mostly there are just some odd quirks or catchphrases that my characters inherit from someone I know. My characters will sometimes get named after someone, though that says nothing about the real person’s personality. For example, there’s a minor character in Seers named Andrea, known for her jealous aura. One of my best friend’s is named Andrea, and I certainly don’t see her as a jealous person. (See, Andrea? Convinced yet?)
9. What, if anything, are you working on right now?
I’m working on polishing up Book Two of the Seers Trilogy, Demons, which will be released in September.
10. Why do you love writing?
I love the act of creation. I love forming a world, framing a plot, and growing new characters. I’m fascinated with figuring out motivations, for both the “good” characters, and the “bad”. I have way too much fun wreaking havoc. I love placing obstacles in front of my characters, and I love to see them succeed; even if they don’t “win”, per se, I love to watch them stay true to themselves. I suppose this all sounds a bit crazy. And maybe that’s why I like writing. My own craziness isn’t quite as obvious when I’m writing. How does that quote go? Something like, “writing is the socially acceptable form of schizophrenia”. So true!
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t enjoy reading, and I did a lot of it. I also dabbled in writing when I was young, though nothing serious until I entered the teenage years. Becoming an author is a dream come true!
I attended Snow College, and there got the best job ever as a writing tutor. I graduated in May 2011 with my Associate of Science, and am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science as an English Major.
I love movies, music, and books—although I do think that the dumbest question on the planet is the whole “What’s your favorite book/music/movie?” The best answer I’ve come up with is, “Whatever I’m reading, listening to, or watching at the time.” Generally, it’s an accurate answer.
I love the smell of lilacs, wet cement, and freshly cut grass. I love brownies, rain, and curling up with a good book.