Every moment in a book has its challenges. How to open, how to close. How to drum up tension, how to make something seem real. How to add the taste of the wind, how to give texture to the physicality of the environment. I found that I didn’t have many problems writing the rough of any scene, but the shaping and coloring, the bringing out the reality often became a challenge, especially if I felt my own knowledge was lacking. Take writing from a teenage girl’s perspective. I haven’t been a teenager in years, and I haven’t been a girl for… well, in this lifetime. I’ve been terrified that I’d fail to capture the perspective of a young woman accurately and incredibly gratified to hear that I seem to not have failed. But I kept finding myself writing a scene between Brayden and Mia and thinking — would she do that? I knew what the boy would do, but her? Was it real? I keep thinking of the scene in the locker room. I would love to give that even another go.
The Well’s End by Seth Fishman
Release Date: 2014-02-25
Half a world away, the Chinese military has a target list of ten US cities in case of war. Most are obvious (DC, NY, LA) and some a little less so (Atlanta for instance has the CDC) . . . but one is an absolute mystery: Fenton, Colorado. Unfortunately for her, sixteen-year-old Mia Kish is about to find out what makes Fenton so special when emergency sirens start blaring and ritzy Westbrook Academy is put on lockdown. No students in or out until otherwise notified. For the rich boarders whose homes are safely states away, their concerns are missed vacations and trips home, but for the handful of townies, like Mia and her friends Jo and Rob, there’s no escaping the danger.
The situation becomes dire when students and faculty are stricken with a strange illness that ages them years in a matter of hours, the end result death, seemingly from old age. No one knows what to do, but Mia and her friends are not just going to sit there while their parents might be in mortal danger. They escape the school grounds in search of a cure and answers; answers they hope to find in the sealed off mountain bunker where her father supposedly runs Fenton Tech. But along the way, they discover that the military presence is not what it seems, and that the long buried secret of Fenton is a fabled object of myth and legend that may actually exist deep within the earth below.
A high-stakes, fast-paced adventure with imagination and heart.
About Seth Fishman:
Seth Fishman is best known as a New York literary agent at the Gernert Company whose client roster includes ingenue National Book Award Finalist, Tea Obreht. Seth is also the recipient of an MFA from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. The Well’s End is his first novel.