The Well’s End Synopsis:
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.
Guest Post from Seth Fishman
I’m not the best writer when it comes to distractions. I love writing in cafes, but if I’m there I need lyricless music playing loud to drown everything out. At home, silence. I feel like a curmudgeon. Like a crank. So the music I listened to tended to be only three albums on repeat. Air, Explosions in the Sky (who, fittingly, did the soundtrack for Friday Night Lights which was based off of my home town area), and a disc a writer friend gave me called ‘Fishman Music To Write To’. To this day, I have no idea what’s on that disc, but I listen to it all the time. Though I do admit that sometimes when I want to write a more ‘stirring’ scene I’ll be a huge dork and pull out the Braveheart soundtrack. In all of this, my inspiration often came from movies in general. Of course, I owe a great debt to TOY SOLDIERS, an oldie but one of my favorite movies. I guess I just love the feeling of leaving the theater and needing to rush home because I’m energized, inspired, ready to crack a scene or brimming with a new idea. Anything can make me feel that way. As I wrote I also read (as I always do), but aiming differently at the books. What was working? What are they allowed to do? Take John Green’s TFIOS: not at all like my book, but I LOVED that he messed around with sentence structure in a way that most editors would cringe at. I read Leigh Bardugo, Margie Stohl, Alex London, Lainey Taylor, Marie Lu, all to see what was ‘working’ today, to get the feel for strong writers, and just felt general support from them even if I never spoke one on one. I don’t know, I guess the point is that I’m inspired everywhere. I watch shows from Dr. Who to Game of Thrones to The Mindy Project and Archer and everything leads to everything. Surround yourself with things that you love, that inspire you, and you’ll find your own path.
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.
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