A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of reading Seers by Heather Frost, a super awesome debut novel and a perfect summer read: sweet, light, fun, original, quick... One of those books you finish in one sitting and puts a big smile on your face. You can read my 5 stars review shortly, but first, I want to share with you my interview with Heather, who is a super sweet and talented young author.
So, please welcome Heather Frost at Deea's Journal today and stay tuned for a giveaway at the end:
Deea: Tell us a bit about yourself.
Heather Frost: I'm a 21 year old book fanatic. I absolutely love music; I love to listen to it, I love to play it, and I love to sing it (even though I'm not that good.) I'm an English major, and I'm the oldest daughter in a family of twelve. I think What's Up Doc starring Barbara Streisand and Ryan O'Neil is just about as funny as it gets, and brownies are heavenly. I love rainy days, and pictures of ruined castles.
D: Who inspired you as a writer?
HF: Too many people to name. Author J.K. Rowling is high on the list, though. She really helped me see where a book could take you; the characters you could meet, the places you could visit. I was enchanted by her writing, and I've since discovered that the written word is one of the most powerful things in existence.
D: Where did the ideas for this book originate?
HF: It was the summer of 2010. I wanted to write a story about immortals, but I wanted my story to be unique. So I brainstormed for a couple months, finally deciding that the afterlife would be a great subject to explore. During those two months of brainstorming I'd thought of some cool character traits and several scenarios that would be fun to stick in a story. All of this came together one day, and the plot for Seers just fell into my head. It was complete inspiration.
D: Can you share a bit about Seers’ world? Which was the most challenging aspect to write about?
HF: The world introduced in Seers is unique, despite some common paranormal ideas it carries. I mean, it's got auras, guardians angels (for the record, they don't appreciate the “angel” part) and demons—none of which are foreign concepts. But the main differences between my world and those created by other authors stem from a choice that all honorable people face when they die. Because, in my world, death isn't the end. It's more like a fork in the road, actually. After your heart stops beating you can choose to go on to heaven, or you can become an immortal Guardian and return to earth to defend humanity from the Demons—corrupt souls that didn't qualify for heaven. Guardians especially look out for Seers—humans who live through a close encounter with death, coming away with the ability to discern between humans and immortals. It gets pretty wild, and coming up with all the rules was really fun for me.
It seems kinda wrong, but the most challenging part for me wasn't writing about the fantastical, but rather the mundane. I'm much more comfortable writing in the medieval fantasy genre, so writing a novel in the modern setting was entirely new to me. I prefer writing about fictional kingdoms and trusty horses. In writing Seers, it took me a while to get into the swing of things.
D: I love all your characters! They’re all so well crafted and they all have something relatable, yet special about them. Are they based upon people you know in your real life?
HF: I'm glad to hear you liked them! These characters are so real to me—during the writing process they became completely alive. Sometimes I'd find myself typing out a reply, and I'd just have to laugh at what came out. My characters surprised me often with just how much personality they possessed. I can't say that my main characters are based on anyone I know, though. A few of my minor characters are based off of real people in my life, but for the most part I'd have to say that my characters are completely themselves.
D: Which character did you enjoy writing the most?
HF: I'd have to say … Lee. She's just so loyal and good; outrageous and funny. She was a total blast to work with.
(D: I bet she was! She's so sweet and funny, the kind of girl you would like to have as a bff in real life too!:D)
D: Could you give us the short, Twitter-like description of your book to share it with our bffs?
HF: Kate Bennett is about to be thrown into a war between immortals, with enemies only she can discern. Both sides are seeking her help. The Guardians are asking nicely; the Demons aren't as polite.
D: So what’s next for you? (Please tell me there’s going to be a sequel to Seers; that ending was killer!)
HF: Ha ha, yes there is a sequel. Seers is in fact the first in a trilogy, so more is on the way! I'm also working on a few other projects, dealing in different genres.
(D: Whew!*sighs in relief*)
D: And now I have a few quickies for you, I’m always too curious:
Early bird or night owl?
Night owl for sure.
Coffee or tea?
I'm addicted to hot chocolate, actually.
Peanut M&M's and mint ice cream.. Not necessarily together, though.
Favorite quote/ motto?
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.” --Ralph Waldo Emerson
Guilty pleasures while writing?
When I write, I tune out everything. Family, friends, responsibilities—it's a horrible habit, but it helps me get more writing done.
What are you currently reading?
“Annexed (The Refuge Trilogy #1)” by, Rebecca McKinnon
Which country would you like to visit the most?
Ireland, hands down.
(D:I so want to visit Ireland one day too!)
D: Thank you so much for your time!
HF: Thank you!
About the author:
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 especially grateful to her wonderful parents for their decision to homeschool their children. She graduated from Snow Collage with an associate of science and is currently majoring in English.
Heather 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 fisrt story - at the age of four - she has dreamed of one day becoming an author. Seers is her first published novel.
Read more about her on her website.
About the book:
Seers by Heather Frost
Release Date: October 8th 2011
Hardcover; by Bonneville
Website (Look inside the book)
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.
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-As always, the contest is International.
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-The book will be send by the publisher
-Contest ends on September 22
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For more chances to win, visit the Seers Blog Tour homepage and check out the other tour hosts! To find out more about the publisher and their books, visit Cedar Fort Books at their official website, Facebook or Twitter.
Also, a big thank you to Laura Jorgensen at Cedar Fort Books for for being so kind an patient and for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this tour and to chat with Heather!
I hope you all enjoy the interview and I really recommend reading the book!