Heather Frost is the author of Seers.
I am so happy to have Heather on the blog today to talk a little about herself and her book. So without further ado on with the interview. I will be in purple Heather will be in black.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I'm twenty-one, a full-time student studying English, and I've always been a lover of the written word. Reading was my escape when I was young, and it still is. I've written seriously since I was twelve, and I've completed several novels that I never bothered to submit. Seers is my first published work. What else? I've played the flute since I was eleven, and I was in the Snow College flute choir for two years. I absolutely love movies. My favorite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast. I collect key-chains. I'm a Doctor Who fan. Basically, I'm a nerd. And for the record, I don't have a problem with that.
Do any of your family members or friends ever become characters in
Yes and no. I guess the better answer would be, not completely. I think that one of the best ways to create real characters is to observe real people, so it makes sense that some of my characters end up sharing traits with people I associate with. For example, in Seers, I have a couple of scenes with special needs teenagers. In High School I volunteered with disabled kids, I have personal experience with Downs Syndrome, and one of my best friends has a son—Landen—with special needs. Though the essence of all these wonderful kids are captured in my book, Landen's name is the only one to actually appear in the story. Even then, though, it isn't Landen completely, since the real Landen is much younger. Overall, my minor characters seem to inherit the most from my friends and family.
Can you tell us about Seers?
It's essentially the story of a girl who is struggling to deal with the loss of her parents, while trying to adjust to seeing peoples' auras. On a deeper level, it's the story of the life that goes on after death—for both the good and the bad.
Ever since the accident that killed her parents, Kate's gone a bit psychic. Her best friend Lee is really supportive, and she's the only other person that knows about Kate's new sight. Kate is trying to rekindle the feelings she once had for her boyfriend, but she's beginning to realize that the accident has changed her, and she's having a hard time feeling anything anymore.
And then, of course, things get complicated. Patrick O'Donnell is about to enter her life, and he's bringing a lot of mystery with him, despite the fact that he might be able to answer many of her questions. He might also be the solution for her aching heart, if she'll let him. Throw in some invisible immortals and stalking Demons; it's not just a romance novel, by any means.
How long did it take you to write Seers? What was the process like?
I've been writing for years now, but I've never had an experience that can compare with writing Seers. The story was like a giant puzzle in my head—snatches of plot ideas, pieces of character traits, but nothing clear. I'd been mulling things over in my head, but I couldn't connect the ideas into an actual story. And then it literally fell into place, and I had the entire idea in minutes. I was actually watching a movie when it happened, although I still can't figure out how Panic Room (starring Jodie Foster) was able to organize everything in my head. I grabbed a notebook and started scribbling everything down, and then I went to work.
I spent a week researching Irish history—I've always loved Ireland, so Patrick's character just had to be Irish—and finding the main location for my story: New Mexico. Once the research was done, it took me just one week to write the first 300 page draft of Seers. It was a complete miracle. I've never written anything so quickly. It almost felt like I'd written the story before—complete and utter inspiration. Maybe more surprising is that the story really hasn't changed much at all during the polishing and editing process.
Did you have any say in the cover? Are you happy with the cover?
I wasn't really prepared when my publisher asked what I envisioned for the cover. I honestly hadn't thought much about it, because I figured I wouldn't have any say in it. I spouted off a couple ideas, and I was able to offer my opinion during virtually every step of the process. I love the way the cover turned out—It's eye-grabbing, and mysterious. I think it captures the spirit of the story splendidly.
Are you working on any new projects? If so do they involve Patrick
and Toni from Seers (because I love them)?
I'm definitely still writing. (Is it possible to stop?) I'm working on a few projects right now, but The Seers Trilogy is high on the list. I already have complete drafts of the next two books, so Patrick and Toni aren't done with us yet.
Thank you so much for stopping by and spending some time with us, Heather. Come Back tomorrow to see my review of Seers!
Heather Frost was born in Sandy, Utah, and raised in a small Northern Utah town. She is the second oldest of ten children, and she loves her family very much. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in English. She has always been an avid reader, and reading and writing are among her most favorite things to do. She also enjoys playing the flute, listening to all types of music, and watching a wide variety of movies. Ever since she wrote her first short story—at the age of four—she has dreamed of one day becoming an author. Seers is her first published novel.
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