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Sep
12
Interview with the Author of The Predicteds
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Hello! Today we have an interview with the author of The Predicteds, Christine Seifert!!

Did you always know that you were going to be a writer/author?
No, I didn’t. I always wanted to be a teacher, and I always liked books, but I never thought I’d write fiction. I have a PhD in English, so most of my writing has been academic. When I finally sat down to write fiction—something it turns out I’d been preparing for since I was old enough to read—it was like finally finding the thing I’d been missing in my career. It was sort of like, “Oh! This is nice.”

Where did you get the idea(s) to write The Predicteds?
I’ve always been interested in what makes people do bad things. Is it predetermined by our genes? Or a sort of fate or destiny? Or is it something else, a trigger in the environment or a brain glitch caused by some outside factor.

Like everybody else, I’m always deeply saddened and alarmed when I hear about another school shooting. I want to believe that we could have done something to prevent it. But what? So after we had a really tragic shooting in a mall here in Salt Lake City a few years ago, I started thinking about all of these questions again. If we could know in advance who will commit a violent crime, what responsibility do we have to stop it? And is there ever really a way to predict that? Those were the questions that fueled The Predicteds.

Were you like any of the characters from your book? If so, who and how?
Not really. Daphne is more quick to judge than I am (I hope)! She’s also snarkier than I am. Jesse is more courageous and mysterious than I am. I suppose the character I’m most like is Melissa, Daphne’s mom. I’m not particularly free-spirited or kooky (I’m pretty conventional, actually), but I’m a little bit bookish, just like
Melissa.

What do you want readers to get out of The Predicteds?
First and foremost, I hope readers just like the story! If they take anything away from it, I hope it’s something meaningful to them. That’s the great thing about books: Everybody walks away with something different based on where we are at that point in our lives.

If The Predicteds were made into a movie, which celebrities do you want them to
play?
I’m not a very visual person, so I often have to write with pictures of what I think the characters look like right in front of me. When I was writing Daphne, the image I had was of a cross between Emma Roberts and Miranda Cosgrove, but with vintage clothes and a bit of an attitude. Jesse was always a young David Boreanaz (Angel from Buffy). I picture Melissa, Daphne’s mom, as Julianne Moore with no makeup and messy hair. Dizzy, Daphne’s friend, reminds me of the actress who plays Emily Fields on Pretty Little Liars.

If you can read one not-yet-released book, which one would it be and why?
Just one?!? Wow, that’s a tough decision to make. I’m pretty eagerly awaiting The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. If I can cheat and name a YA book too, I’ll add Eve by Anna Carey. Honestly, though, there are so many books I want to read that I’ll never have enough time!

Thanks for taking the time to read. What are you all looking forward to reading?

About the Author

Hi. I’m Christine Seifert, author of The Predicteds. When I’m not writing, you’ll probably find me at my day job as a professor at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, where I teach classes in rhetoric and professional writing.

Check Christine out on her website, blog and Facebook!

About The Predicteds


Daphne is the new girl in town and is having trouble fitting in. At least she has Jesse… sort of. He wants to be more than “just friends,” but there’s something he’s not telling her about his past. Something dangerous. When a female student is brutally attacked, police turn to PROFILE, a new program that can predict a student’s capacity for violent behavior, to solve the case. As the witch hunt ensues, Daphne is forced to question her feelings for Jesse—and what she will do if her first love turns out to be a killer.

 


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