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Jun 26, 2013

Author Interview + Giveaway: The Well's End by Seth Fishman

The Well's EndTitle: The Well's End
Author: Seth Fishman
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release date: February 25, 2014

Mia Kish is afraid of the dark. And for good reason. When she was a toddler she fell deep into her backyard well only to be rescued to great fanfare and celebrity. In fact, she is small-town Fenton,Colorado’s walking claim to fame. Not like that helps her status at Westbrook Academy, the nearby uber-ritzy boarding school she attends. A townie is a townie. Being nationally ranked as a swimmer doesn’t matter a lick. But even the rarefied world of Westbrook is threated when emergency sirens start blaring and the school is put on lockdown, quarantined and surrounded by soldiers who seem to shoot first and ask questions later. Only when confronted by a frightening virus that ages its victims to death in a manner of hours does Mia realize she may only just be beginning to discover what makes Fenton special.

The answer is behind the walls of the Cave, aka Fenton Electronics. Mia’s dad, the director of Fenton Electronics, has always been secretive about his work. But unless Mia is willing to let her classmates succumb to the strange illness, she and her friends have got to break quarantine, escape the school grounds, and outsmart armed soldiers to uncover the truth about where the virus comes from and what happened down that well. The answers they find just might be more impossible than the virus they are fleeing.

About the author:

Seth Fishman is a native of Midland, Texas (think Friday Night Lights), and a graduate of Princeton University and the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. He spends his days as a literary agent at The Gernert Company and his nights (and mornings) writing. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. This is his first novel (that's not in a drawer).

Connect with Seth Fishman: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Welcome to Books Over Boys, Seth! First off, tell us a little about yourself and your upcoming debut, The Well’s End.

Thank you Momo and Books Over Boys for having me! I live in Jersey City, NJ and work as a literary agent at The Gernert Company. I’m from small town west Texas (think Friday Night Lights), and when I was younger, a toddler from the city fell down a well (and was stuck for some 58 hours); she was given the nickname of Baby Jessica and became a big national story, and that story, that idea of being stuck in the well and what would come from that inspired my book The Well’s End. I wanted to write a book that feels close to home, feels real while it slowly pulls you further from the world we know.

Q. What is about writing that captivates you the most?

The most captivating part of writing are the moments when I get ideas that are so exciting I can’t write them down fast enough. My handwriting is so awful, has always been (I got points off even on college exams), that sometimes my ideas look like pages of scribbles and take some real work to discern.

Q. What do you find to be the hardest part of writing?

The hardest part of writing is the moment I realize that something I worked hard on, months even, isn’t working. I have (sigh) a few books in drawers, and letting them go hurts. But I think that’s a great lesson for me, and for my clients. You write more, you get better.

Q. Describe The Well’s End in one sentence.

A thriller about a young woman who fell down a well as a baby (which causes some ‘issues’) and has to escape a quarantine of her ritzy prep school with her best friends in order to save the town and discover the secrets behind the mysterious cave her father works in and the virus that’s tearing through her classmates. Please note: that sentence would be ripped apart by my editor (the wonderful Stacey Barney).

Q. For those who are unfamiliar with Mia, how would you introduce her?

Oh hey guys, this is Mia. Yes, that Mia. No, don’t call her Baby. She hate’s that. Yeah, she’s a townie, but whatever, she’s like, a nationally ranked swimmer. Nah, she’s not afraid of the dark…those are just rumors.

Q. Can you share anything about what you are currently working on or what is next?

Yeah, happy to. I’m working on book two of this series, currently titled Untitled Not The Well’s End Part Two. I’d say that another answer to the ‘hardest part of writing’ question is just, in general, the sophomore hump of writing a book. It’s so fun to be here writing the answers to your questions, but there’s a little voice in my head saying ‘Seth, go write page 176.’ Thankfully, I can squash that little part in my head for worthy things like this.

[BOB: Yay, it's definitely appreciated!]

Thank you so much!

No, thank you so much. It’s the care and fervor you and your readers hold that help keep us writers and agents and my clients going. I really appreciate it…

Giveaway deets:

  1. One entry per household.
  2. There will be one winner.
  3. You must be 13 years or older.
  4. Giveaway is open to the U.S. ONLY.
  5. Contest ends on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013.
  6. Winner will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter.
  7. Winner will have 48 hours after notification to respond.
  8. Good luck!

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1 comment:

  1. Books like this scare the shit out of me whereas reading about werewolves and vampires is usual bedtime fodder. Why? Because books like Seth's could really happen. When I read Richard Preston's THE HOT ZONE several years ago, I don't think I slept well for a few weeks.

    Sure doesn't stop me from reading them, though. :)

    Sounds like a great read, Seth!


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