About Carter Taylor Seaton
Carter Taylor Seaton is the author of six books, including Father’s Troubles, The Rebel in the Red Jeep, The Other Morgans, and now, she is the co-author of We Were Legends in Our Own Minds: A Memoir of the Rock Era ’60-79 which chronicles the crazy backstage stories of big-name bands from a venue manager. Over the years, she has been recognized for multiple writing awards including Foreword Indie’s Book of the Year Award in 2003 & 2014, the Ella Dickey Literary Award in 2018, the Weatherford Award in 2017, and more. You can learn more about her at CarterSeaton.com.
Notable Books from Carter Taylor Seaton
Advance Praise for We Were Legends in Our Own Minds
“Everyone knows the Fillmore, the Whiskey, CBGB. Fewer people know the stories of the smaller venues, the local halls, the civic centers along the Great American Highway where live shows brought rock to the masses, and public figures came to stump and speechify. Few knew what it took behind the scenes to get the job done. We Were Legends in Our Own Minds is a distinctive addition to pop culture memoir, a boots-on-the-ground account of a solid quarter-century of who came to town, who trashed the hall, who got the crowd on its feet, and how much sweat and prep were required to make it all happen. By turns dishy, trashy, funny, and deeply serious, it’s never sentimental, and always frank. A true backstage pass.”
– Eric Waggoner, Magnet Magazine
“In his years as director of civic and convention centers from Maine to Georgia during the rock era, Richard Cobb saw it all. He managed highly temperamental, even downright crazy rock stars who threw fits when they didn’t have their way. He managed to work in arenas so thick with marijuana smoke and noise the music was merely incidental. There were the good times – Fig Newtons with Elvis Presley in Charleston WV – and the bad times such as when Ozzy Osbourne appeared in Huntington WV and swore he wouldn’t swear on stage in this buckle of the Bible-belt. He didn’t keep his promise. If you’re a fan of the wild rock years, this book from this husband-&-wife team is for you.”
-Dave Peyton, former reviewer of The Herald Dispatch
“Richard Cobb’s memoir [co-written with wife Carter Seaton] shines a bright spotlight on the early burgeoning concert venue scene. He helped usher West Virginia, especially, into what it would eventually become: A state of Rock n Roll!”
-Chris Ojeda, lead vocalist of Byzantine
“Sometimes the show in the business office is more entertaining than the one on stage. You’ll find that out when you read We Were Legends in Our Own Minds, a colorful book by Richard Cobb and Carter Taylor Seaton that covers Cobb’s decades in the concert business. Times were crazy. He booked Elvis. He presented Lawrence Welk. He put on shows for longhaired rockers and stuffy politicians. Then there was a show in Georgia that never happened…”
— Richard Hyatt, author of The Carters of Plains
Potential Interview Topics
Carter Taylor Seaton is a natural and experienced speaker, comfortable reading and speaking on a variety of topics as evidenced by her role as host for the TV program Chapters. For reference, here’s a video interview she did with the Library Television Network: “West Virginia Author Me and Mary Ann.”
While she’d be happy to discuss other topics, here are a few sample interview topics Seaton feels comfortable speaking about on air and in print:
- The role of research in writing
- Truth vs. memory in memoirs
- Corroboration of memory
- Interviewing techniques
- The challenges of co-authorship
And here are a few sample interview questions you might consider when interviewing Seaton:
- What inspired this memoir?
- Where do you draw inspiration for your writing in general?
- You’ve written across multiple genres and categories: Fiction, nonfiction, biography, memoir, and a chapbook for children. You’ve also written short stories and magazine articles or essays. What’s your favorite and why?
- I understand you also host a television show that features authors, editors, and publishers. What have you learned from talking with them?
- How did you become a writer? Is this something you’ve always wanted to do?
- I’ve often heard that “to write, you have to be a reader.” Do you read often? Would you agree with that? When/Where did that interest arise?
- What are you reading now?
If you would like to review The Other Morgans, interview the author, or publish a feature on her, please contact her publicist Joe at joewalters@firstname.lastname@example.org.