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Christine Seifert is a professor at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she teaches classes in rhetoric and professional writing. She has a PhD in English, is from Fargo, North Dakota, and loves popcorn.

Interview with Christine Seifert

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

What a tough question! I’m torn between choosing a kind, just, and self-aware character like Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird or selecting a really rich, powerful, and immortal character like Edward in Twilight. The fact that I just picked two male characters is probably revealing as well. So I’m going to go with Katniss…after the Hunger Games have ended.

Which deceased author would you most like to take out to dinner?

Mark Twain. He’d be a hoot. I wouldn’t mind dining with Jane Austen either. And as long as I’m apparently having a dinner party, I’ll take Rebecca du Maurier as well. I bet she had a delightfully dark sense of humor.

When you were little did you want to be a writer when you grew up?

I remember being very intrigued by an author (whose name I don’t remember now) who visited my kindergarten class. I thought he was an “arthur,” and that seemed like a cool job. More than anything, though, I wanted to be a teacher. I ended up being both a teacher and a writer; I feel pretty lucky.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your writing career?

Finding time to write. I think that’s probably true for most writers. It’s just really, really hard for me to sit down and focus on writing when I know I have a million other things to do. Plus, once I get into writing, I have trouble stopping.

What is a typical writing day like for you? Do you have a work set schedule? What are your surroundings?

I’m a college professor, so I write whenever I can squeeze in time. During the school year, I try to write for an hour a day five days a week. That happens whenever I can find that hour. Once a week, I go to a coffee shop with three incredible colleagues, and after we gossip for a while, I make them force me to write. They are my writing enforcers! In the summer, if I’m not teaching, I try to write right away in the morning. I give myself writing goals every day, and I’m really merciless about meeting those.

I like to write in my home office. I switch often from my computer to a comfy chair with a notebook and pen or laptop. I have a great view of the Wasatch Mountains and my neighbor’s backyard. If it’s not too hot or too cold, I like to write on my back porch. I often have trouble focusing when I’m on my desktop, so I frequently set a timer and force myself to write for twenty minutes at a time without stopping. Then I take a brief Internet break. I end up deleting a lot of what I write, but it does force me to get my brain functioning and focused.

I really love to walk outside, so I spend many evenings wandering around my neighborhood thinking about characters and plots. I probably talk to myself.

Do you ever base characters on real people you have known?

Yes, absolutely. I take characteristics from people I admire. Or I’ll find intriguing things about people I know or don’t know. But no fictional character is ever a complete carbon copy of a real person. I like to mix and match characteristics. Daphne in The Predicteds is based in part on my husband. He has the same snarky sense of humor she does.

What is a favorite novel of yours that nobody else seems to have heard of?

That’s such a cool question! I’ll name one novel for adults and one for YA readers. For adults, I pick Still Life with Husband by Lauren Fox. I love the characters because they are so flawed yet so human. I’m really intrigued by protagonists who make bad decisions or behave in ways that aren’t always admirable. For YA books, I pick My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters by Sydney Salter. It’s funny and insightful. Although I haven’t met Sydney, I know that she’s a fellow Utah writer.

Name a book that you'd be embarrassed to be seen reading.

Honestly, there are very few books I’d be embarrassed about reading. I’m a big believer in reading whatever gives you reading pleasure. That said, I probably wouldn’t flaunt a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey! I haven’t read it, but if I did, I’d definitely do that one in e-book format.

What are some of your favorite books from your childhood?

I was such a huge fan of Beverly Cleary. Ramona was (and still is, actually) one of my heroes. I loved all of Judy Blume’s books. Blubber was my favorite, but I liked the Fudge books too. I re-read one recently, and I can say that it definitely holds up across the years.

I remember reading a series called the Girls of Canby Hall by Emily Chase. The books are about three roommates at a boarding school. The Amy and Laura series by Marilyn Sachs is also incredible; in fact, I just looked up those books and see that they were originally published in the mid-60s. Even though I was reading them in the 80s, I remember thinking they were very timely and relevant to my life.

When I got a little older, I read all of VC Andrews’ books. I’m sort of surprised my mom let me read those! She couldn’t possibly have known what they were about.

What do you think of eBooks? Do you support digital publishing?

I’m totally in support of digital publishing. I have a Kindle, and I love it. But I still buy paper books, and I still use the library. I think people should get books in whatever form is best for them. Even as I writer, I still think like a reader!

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The Predicteds
Christine Seifert
Sourcebooks Fire, September 2011
ISBN: 9781402260490
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