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Friday, September 2, 2011

Seers Blog Tour & Author Interview

We are so excited to welcome the Seers Blog Tour today! Seers is a great story about Kate Bennet. After surviving the car accident that killed her parents, Kate begins to see auras. Not really fun for her, but things get super interesting once she some very interesting auras show up.

Seers will be available next month, so be sure to check it out!

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.

Ready Becky's review of Seers here.

I recently got the chance to ask the author, the wonderful and fun Heather Frost, some questions about the book. Here's what she shared with me:

What convinced you that Kate’s story needed to be told?
Patrick did, actually. Patrick's situation—the whole immortal, Guardian thing—was what really gave Seers life in the beginning. It didn't take me long to come up with the Guardian and Demon concept, and when I realized that Seers were necessary, Kate was almost instantly born. A teenager dealing with death was something I could understand, since I was just a little older than Kate when I lost someone very special to me. That was when I knew that Kate really needed to be the focus of the story, since she is so easy to relate to. Losing a loved one is the hardest thing in the world, and I'm hoping that readers who have experienced the ultimate loss might be able to sympathize with Kate, and maybe even find some happiness, or hope, as they read her story. Kate's trials and her reaction to those hardships became the driving need to write this story.

Were your characters always the way they are, or did they evolve as the story progressed?
There was definitely some evolution going on, as far as personalities are concerned. Not as much as in some of my stories, however. Lee, Kate's best friend, stayed the most constant. Extreme people are easy to write, I guess—their personalities are just too strong to alter! Kate changed a lot, even though her motivations and basic emotions stayed the same. She was a bit harsher in the beginning; almost bitter. It just didn't fit with the hurting, yet quietly strong young woman I needed for this story. I had to go back and soften her up a bit.

Which character is your favorite? Why?
I've been asked that a lot, and since I have a hard time picking I usually say Lee. She's the best friend a person could ever have, and she's awesome to spend time with. This time, though, I think I'll go with my second favorite, and that's definitely Patrick. Not just because he's Irish, funny and undeniably attractive, but because of the choices he's brave enough to make. Becoming a Guardian isn't easy, but he chose that path all the same. And even though he's falling for Kate, he respects the fact that she has a boyfriend and so he doesn't say anything. He's always thinking about others first. I love that about him, and I wish I could be as selfless as he is.

Most of the book is from Kate's point of view, but there are a couple of chapters with a different POV. Was this for effect, or was there a deeper reason for that decision?
Definitely a deeper motivation. I love Patrick O'Donnell! I guess the real reason might be that he's just so fascinating. Even if he's not the main character, he's got an extremely interesting story of his own. Letting the reader see what he sees was a way for me to not only shed some light on a Guardian's life, but also to help the reader understand where he comes from.

If you could meet your characters in real life, what would you tell them?
I think I'd be completely speechless, actually. How cool would it be to meet the figments of your
imagination!? Too cool for words. But if I was able to find my voice, I'd probably start off by apologizing to them for the horrible things I've made them go through. After that, I'd tell them how proud I am of the things they've accomplished, and the choices they've made. And I'd be sure to give the Guardians and Seers a big thank you for all they do, on behalf of humanity.

Seers is clearly set up for sequels, which I’m excited to read. Has Cedar Fort snapped them up yet?
We're in the process of getting the contract for books 2 and 3 finalized.

Thanks for letting me stop by The Crooked Word!

Thanks, Heather, for sharing with us! It's been so fun to get an "inside" look at such a fantastic book!Come back any time. . . .

About the Author
I was born in Sandy, Utah, a few days before Halloween in 1989. I lived in Salt Lake City until I was about six, and then I moved North and settled into the place I still call home. I'm the oldest daughter and second oldest child in my family. I have six brothers, and three sisters. My parents chose to home-school all of us, and I'm surprised that they held onto their sanity after having us home so much. Still, I'm very grateful to them for all of the many sacrifices they made which enabled me to get the education that I did. My family members are my best friends, and I love them all so much. The three most important things in my life are as follows: God, my family, and writing. These things make me who I am, and I will always be grateful to my Heavenly Father for blessing me with so much.
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. I picked up one of my favorite hobbies when I started playing the flute at age eleven. I played my flute through High School, participating in both marching and concert bands, which led me to make some very good friends. I continue to play the flute, and was even a member of the Snow College Flute Choir.
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. (Yes, a BS in English. Almost ironic, huh?) 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.

Visit Heather at her website,