Carter Taylor Seaton

About Carter Taylor Seaton

Carter Taylor Seaton is the author of six books, including Father’s Troubles, The Rebel in the Red Jeep, and The Other Morgans, a touching literary novel about finding home by leaving it behind. 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

Notable Books from Carter Taylor Seaton

Advance Praise for The Other Morgans

“Feisty AJ Porter may be more at home on her West Virginia farm than in a fancy city country club, but woe to anyone who underestimates her business acumen and strength of character. AJ’s flawless sense of what matters most in life makes The Other Morgans a superb story, both timely and timeless.”

– Donna Meredith, Southern Literary Review

The Other Morgans is a delightful mash-up of Gothic Romance and Pygmalion, whereby a struggling hill woman inherits an unexpected blue-blood fortune. Filled with rich family lore, ne’er-do-wells, and tricky love, this well-spun tale forces strong-willed AJ Porter to choose between fighting for her West Virginia farm threatened by fracking, or protecting an ancestral Virginia plantation in danger of development. ” 

-Marie Manilla, author of The Patron Saint of Ugly

“Carter Taylor Seaton’s The Other Morgans is the story of a young woman’s journey toward a deeper of understanding of what it means to call a place home. A surprise inheritance from a relative she never knew she had takes her from her native West Virginia to a different life in Virginia, and then she has to decide whether to stay or to return. Carter Taylor Seaton tells this tale with grace and grit. This fast-paced novel will sweep you up in its lush detail, its close observation of characters, and its enduring love of the land and its people.”

-Lee Martin, author of Yours, Jean

“Painting small-town struggles and estate grandeur with equal astuteness and compassion, The Other Morgans is a rich, gripping novel that tackles issues of family, heritage, and social justice, reminding us that our most difficult moral choices often shape who we are. An engrossing and unforgettable story that is certain to ring true with Appalachian readers and beyond.”

-Rajia Hassib, author of In the Language of Miracles

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 fiction
  • Novel plotting
  • Living and writing in Appalachian cities
  • The challenges of writing multiple genres
  • Navigating cultural appropriation as a writer

And here are a few sample interview questions you might consider when interviewing Seaton:

  • What inspired this novel?
  • 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