The Other Morgans

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The Other Morgans is a riveting novel about home, history, race, ancestry, and love. Yearning for a better life for herself and her daughter, AJ Porter is suddenly challenged to make a life-altering decision by the terms of an unexpected inheritance. Once she tentatively accepts the conditions of that inheritance, she encounters stories of her family’s history that both attract and repel her. As Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz says, “There’s no place like home.” But what constitutes home? Where you’re born, or where your ancestors came from? It’s a question AJ must answer. Poverty or pipe dream? West Virginia or Virginia? AJ has one year to decide.

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We Were Legends In Our Own Minds

Back in the days when rock concert tickets were $7-$10 dollars, it wasn’t uncommon for an arena to book them as often as twice a week. From his days at the Charleston Civic Center in the early 1970s to his retirement twenty-five years later, Richard Cobb saw them all. Some bad-boy bands made him want to tear his hair out; others were a dream to host.

In essays covering his career, Cobb has spun stories about those bands, the stress of managing those buildings, and reflected on the impact it all had on him. The memoir is a combination of tell-all anecdotes and serious reflection that sheds a light on the parts of that crazy, pot-smoke- filled era folks who attended the concerts never saw.

“Richard Cobb’s memoir 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 guitarist/vocalist with Byzantine

We Were Legends In Our Own Minds (Mountain State Press, 2020) is available through the PayPal link at the bottom of this page or at and


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In 2018, I finally published a collection of stories I’d told my children and grandchildren. Now, I decided,  was the time to write them down for my great grandchildren and for the child that resides in all of us.

Set in those halcyon days of the 1940s and 1950s, Me and MaryAnn tells the tales of two rather naughty little girls and the freedom children had then. For adults, it will evoke nostalgia for that happier time.

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Final cover thumb The Rebel in the Red Jeep

Moving to a different genre for my fourth book, I wrote the biography of long-time congressman Ken Hechler. The Rebel in the Red Jeep (West Virginia University Press, 2017) covers the public servant’s one hundred years: from his birth on a vast Long Island estate through his years in Washington, to his retirement fighting against the destruction of the West Virginia mountains he adopted as home.

This biography recounts a century of accomplishments, from Hechler’s introduction of innovative teaching methods at major universities, to his work as a speechwriter and researcher for President Harry Truman, and finally to his time representing West Virginia in the US House of Representatives and as the secretary of state.

In West Virginia, where he resisted mainstream political ideology, Hechler was the principal architect behind the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 and constantly battled big coal, strip-mining, and fellow politicians alike. He and his signature red Jeep remain a fixture in West Virginia. Since 2004, Hechler has campaigned against mountaintop removal mining. He was arrested for trespassing during a protest in 2009 at the age of 94. He died in 2016 at the age of 102.

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“A superb biography of a West Virginia icon. Carter Seaton has done a wonderful job capturing the essence of Ken Hechler.”
Jean Edward Smith, author of Bush, Eisenhower in War and Peace, and FDR.

Final Cover_edited-1 Hippie Homesteaders 

Hippie Homesteaders (WVU Press, 2014) tells the story of the back-to-the-land movement from the viewpoint of forty artisans and musicians who came to West Virginia, lived on Hippie Homesteaders tells the story of the back-to-the-land movement from the viewpoint of forty artisans and musicians who came to West Virginia, lived on the land, and created successful careers with their craft. Without these young transplants, it’s possible there would be no Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, the first statewide collection of fine arts and handcrafts in the nation, and no Mountain Stage, the weekly live musical program broadcast worldwide on National Public Radio since 1983.

Hippie Homesteaders isn’t about coal or hillbillies or moonshine or poverty. It is the story of why West Virginia was―and still is―a kind of heaven to so many.

Hippie Homesteaders won Honorable Mention in the Culture Category of the 2015 Eric Hoffer Book Awards.  It also was chosen as a finalist for the Weatherford Award, as a category finalist in Biography by ForeWord Indie Reviews, and won the Ella Dickey Literary Award in 2018. Additionally, Hippie Homesteaders was chosen by ForeWord Magazine for a 2015 Honorable Mention Award in the Regional Adult Non-Fiction category.

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“This book was waiting to be written and perhaps only Ms. Seaton could have written it. Her clear, direct prose is, perhaps, the only prose that is appropriate for this story.  Ms. Seaton’s writing, like these people, is a treasure.”  Lee Maynard, author of the Crum Trilogy: Crum, Screaming with the CannibalsThe Scummers, and The Pale Light of Sunset.

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amo, amas, amat…an unconventional love story

amo, amas, amat…., (CreateSpace, 2011) set in Asheville and Atlanta during the mid-1980s relays the poignant story of Mary Cate Randolph, a southern gal who’s been looking for Prince Charming all her life. She thinks she’s found him in Nick Hamilton, the new tennis pro at her country club. 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.The tangled web of love, deception, and discovery ultimately leads to Mary Cate’s transformation and realization that true love is far different from the fairy tale version.

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For amo, amas, amat…an unconventional love story, I was named by Indie Lit as one of nine authors nationally who break boundaries.


Father’s Troubles

FT w stickerWhile working on my first book, I considered myself an “accidental novelist.” Until then, I had never written more than college papers and business documents. When a friend insisted I write about a long-kept family secret, I took up the challenge. I eventually wove the story into an award-winning debut novel. Father’s Troubles, was named a ForeWord Magazine Finalist for Historical Fiction.

Father’s Troubles, a double time-frame period piece, is set in Depression-era West Virginia. It takes a thread from my family’s past and weaves it into a novel that explores the family damage caused by keeping secrets. In an attempt to overcome his humble beginnings, bank president and real estate tycoon Lawrence Burgher lets his greed and arrogance overrun his better judgment as he engages in financial corner cutting. His self-indulgence lands him in prison and his family in such disgrace that they develop a cloak of secrecy in which they shroud the next generation for over forty years. The truth about what caused Father’s troubles finally surfaces because his granddaughter, Maggie Malone, refuses to let drop a remark her mother makes one summer afternoon.

The novel interlaces Maggie’s search for the truth of the family myth with her grandfather’s rags-to-riches to tragic-death saga. The juxtaposition of the contemporary and period stories shows the powerful impact this well-kept secret had on the entire family, but more importantly on Maggie’s own troubled relationship with her mother. Told partially through the immediacy of letters, the tale carries the reader across the decades to an emotionally satisfying ending.

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The Other Morgans

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The Other Morgans

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We Were Legends In Our Own Minds

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Me and MaryAnn

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The Rebel in the Red Jeep

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Hippie Homesteaders

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amo, amas, amat…an unconventional love story

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Father’s Troubles

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