Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Amo, Amas, Amat by Carter Taylor Seaton

Welcome to Author Carter Taylor Seaton

Carter Taylor Seaton is an award-winning author and figurative sculptor. Born and raised in West Virginia, she graduated from Marshall University and lived in Columbus and Atlanta, Georgia from 1985-1995 before returning to her hometown of Huntington where she resides with her husband, Richard Cobb. While living in Georgia, she began running and completed several marathons after she was fifty, including the Atlanta, Marine Corps, and New York City Marathons. For fifteen years, she directed a rural Appalachian craft cooperative to benefit low-income women. Ladies Home Journal nominated her in 1975 for its “Woman of the Year” award.
Her first novel, Father’s Troubles, was named as a finalist for the prestigious ForeWord Magazine 2003 Book of the Year award in the Historical Fiction category. She is a regular contributor to several regional magazines and The West Virginia Encyclopedia. In 2007, her article on the impact of the back-to-the-land movement on West Virginia was featured in Appalachian Heritage literary journal and won the Denny C. Plattner Award for its Best Work of Non-Fiction.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? 
I’d go back to medieval times, but with porta-johns like you find at Renaissance Festivals. I used to participate in those and found them to be great fun. Of course, I could have a real shower after the day was over.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose? 

Ernest Hemingway, Joyce Carole Oates, Pat Conroy, Joan Didion, and Isak Dinesen, but I’d insist they tell stories to get their food.

What is one book everyone should read? 

Writers should read The Elements of Style. Readers shouldn’t miss Gone With the Wind. Mitchell gives a compelling look at the south she knew from tales her family told. She could create characters and weave a story like few others. The book is much richer than the movie.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. 

You may love amo, amas, amat…an inconvenient love story or you may disagree with it, but it will make you think about your own prejudices.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? My current work in progress is a non-fiction work about the impact of the hippies and back-to-the-landers that came to West Virginia in the 1960s and 19070s. Many were artists or musicians and their arrival helped keep the traditional crafts alive.  

What inspired you to want to become a writer? 

As a professional marketer, I’d written nothing but press releases, ad copy, and brochures until a friend urged me to tell the true story that eventually became my debut novel, Father’s Troubles. Bitten by the writers’ bug, I’ve been at it ever since.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. The most rewarding experience was receiving an email from a gay friend who said my second novel helped him realize his activist life had value. That touched me profoundly.

What is your dream cast for your book? 

The dream cast for Father’s Troubles would have Susan Sarandon playing Maggie, David Strathairn playing Lawrence Burger, Meryl Streep as Anna, and Charles Durning as Deegans. For amo, amas, amat…an unconventional love story I’d cast Julia Roberts as Mary Cate, although she’d have to have very curly hair; Kathy Bates as Cassie; Brad Pitt as Nick; and Cuba Gooding Jr. as Theo. Hey, you said to dream, didn’t you?

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? As a child, I was surrounded by books. I even had a Library for Children and made my friends check them out, but perhaps my favorite was Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin. It was about a young boy who wanted to be an artist when he grew up and how he used the hair from the cat’s tail to make a paintbrush. Why that fascinated me, I can’t recall. However, I clearly recall reading Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier when I was about twelve. GWTW followed close behind.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 

Start by reading inspirational books on writing and don’t let anyone tell you it’s a futile effort. Avoid those people like the bubonic plague.

What is your favorite Quote?  

What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? 

I think each character has something of the author in them, some more than others. We leave it up to the readers to see themselves in the characters, however.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? 

Six Careers and Counting

Favorite places to travel? 

Two of the best trips I’ve taken were polar opposites in climate – Alaska and the Cayman Islands, and I loved them both.

Chocolate or Vanilla? 


PC or Mac?   

Mac all the way since 1983.

What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day? 


What is something people would be surprised to know about you? 

I started running after age 50 and completed three marathons in the next three years.

Amo, Amas, Amat: An Unconventional Love Story 

At thirty-three, Mary Cate Randolph still believes in fairy tales. She’s been searching for Prince Charming all her life, but after she was date-raped by her last boyfriend, she is understandably cautious. When she meets tennis pro, Nick Hamilton, at her Asheville country club, she thinks she’s found the perfect man. He’s charming and intelligent, but not sexually aggressive. No wonder. It’s 1983 and unbeknownst to Mary Cate, a naïve homophobic, Nick is a closeted homosexual. Thus begins a tangled web of love, deception, and discovery that ultimately leads to Mary Cate’s transformation and realization that true love is far different from the fairy tale version.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of amo, amas, amat
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Ends 5/3/12
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