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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Interview + Giveaway: The Well’s End by Seth Fishman

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I’ve got a special treat for you today. Seth Fishman is here to entertain us and talk about his fantastic looking upcoming YA Thriller novel, The Well’s End. To end with a bang you can enter to win your very own ARC and some signed art!

The Well’s End
Seth Fishman
Genre: YA Thriller
Publication date: February 25th 2014
by Putnam Juvenile

A deadly virus and an impossible discovery unite in one enthralling can’t-miss read.

Sixteen-year-old Mia Kish has always been afraid of the dark. After all, she’s baby Mia, the one who fell down a well. That was years ago, though the darkness still haunts her. But when her classmates and teachers at ritzy Westbrook Academy start dying of old age from a bizarre and frightening virus that ages its victims years in a matter of hours, Mia becomes haunted by a lot more than the dark. Their deaths are gruesome and Mia worries she and her friends may be next. In order to survive, Mia and her small crew must break quarantine and outrun armed soldiers in hazmat suits who shoot first and ask questions later.

And there’s only one place to go—the Cave, aka Fenton Electronics. Mia knows it’s somehow connected and hopes her dad, Director of Fenton Electronics, who has always been strangely secretive about his work, has the answers she needs, and more importantly a cure to save everyone before the whole town succumbs to the mysterious virus. Unfortunately, it’s not answers Mia discovers, but something far more treacherous and impossible than even the virus itself.

A high-stakes, fast-paced adventure with imagination and heart.

Interview with Seth Fishman

Let’s say hi to Seth and learn a bit more about this book of his! 😉

First of all, thanks to you and your XpressoReads Readers (that’s a fun mouthful).  Hope these answers shed a nice light on The Well’s End and the world of Mia Kish!

First, why don’t you describe your book in a haiku (we all love haikus!) 

She’s Baby Mia,
Even as the virus aged
Her classmates to death.

(This was way harder than I wanted it to be!)

What was the hardest part of writing in the POV of a female protagonist?

I must admit that I knew this wouldn’t be a walk in the park, so I was hyper-vigilant while writing Mia, asking my wonderful editor (Stacey Barney) and my lovely wife for as much help as possible.  But I think the hardest thing was the not knowing what I was missing, not having the intuitive understanding of how a teenage girl might thing.  What became clear is that, when writing scenes between Mia and… a certain major character, I found that I was overplaying Mia’s hand, and making the guy too… cool, I guess.  Which felt very realistic for me, but my readers weren’t sure he liked her at all (which is real life, though eh?) So I had to work hard to change that, put them on even keel.  It was so different from anything I’ve written before and a real challenge.  But, at the end of the day, I was focusing on an interesting character, regardless, you know?

What was your favorite scene to write in Well’s End?

This is an easy one for me: There’s a scene where Mia has to, for various reasons, break through ice on a lake and swim underneath the ice, which is basically one of the scariest things I could imagine.  It was so dark and hard to write, but when it was done it felt claustrophobic (in a good sense), and I hope it’s just as intense for readers too!

Is there anything about you or your book that would surprise your readers?

Hmm, maybe a few things.  Like, that Mia falling down a well is based on a true story from my hometown.  Or that the gas mask on the cover is REAL and that the art director cracked the glass to make that image.  Or that this is my fourth book (and first one that was young adult, and good enough to be published).  Or that I can hold my breath for 3 min and 6 seconds under water.

Thanks so much for coming by my little corner of the web, Seth! The Well’s End definitely sounds awesome!

About the Author

Seth‘s Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

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).

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The Sea of Tranquility Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway!

The Sea of Tranquility Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway!

Posted by on 06/05/2013 • 55 Comments

I’m very excited to have the Sea of Tranquility blog tour drop by the blog today. I loved this book – find my review here – and today I’m honored to have Katja over for an interview and you can enter to win your very own copy!

The Sea of Tranquility Katja Millay Publication date: June 4th 2013 (pbk) by Atria Books

I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to…

Cover Reveal, Interview + Giveaway: Everything Breaks

Posted by on 04/15/2013 • 19 Comments

I’m excited to be part of the cover reveal for Everything Breaks by Vicki Grove, coming from Penguin in the fall. This contemporary sounds great and today you’ll be treated to a short interview with Vicki, and a chance to win an ARC! —

Everything BreaksVicki Grove Genre: YA Contemporary Publication date: October 3rd 2013by Putnam Juvenile


Tucker was supposed to be the designated driver. But there was something about the beauty of that last true summer night, that made him want to feel out-of-control just once. He drank so much and so quickly that he was instantly sick. That left Trey to drive. “I’ll catch up to you later,” were the last words Tucker would ever say to his friends as he heaved by the side of the road. It…

Ashes Tour Stop: Interview with Estevan Vega

Posted by on 03/04/2013 • 12 Comments

Today I’ve got the Ashes blog tour stopping by, I’ve got a fun interview with Estevan that I’m sure you’ll enjoy, he’s a pretty… interesting guy! 😉

Ashes Estevan Vega Series: Arson, #2 Genre:YA ParanormalPublication date: September 11th 2012by StoneGate Ink

ASHES is a YA paranormal thrill-ride. Book 2 in the gripping Arson trilogy.


The minds running Salvation Asylum have abducted them for a dark purpose. A campaign has been set in motion to genetically alter mankind. Unknowingly, Arson has become the most vital instrument in this global scheme, initiated by a select group of brilliant scientists and cunning world leaders. Confused, trapped, and unable to fully…

Quantum Drop Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway

Posted by on 02/07/2013 • 9 Comments

Dropping by Xpresso Reads today is the Quantum Drop blog tour hosted by Hachette Children’s UK. I have Saci Lloyd over for an interview and you can win this pretty! Not heard of Quantum Drop

Quantum Drop Saci Lloyd Genre: YA Science FictionPublication date: February 7th 2013by Hodder Children’s Books

Anthony Griffin is an ordinary kid caught up in a dangerous world. The boundaries between real and virtual are more and more blurred, and when Anthony’s girlfriend is taken out in a gang hit, he has to venture into the underground world of the Drop to flush out her killer and bring him to justice.

This is the story of a boy whose girl is worth more than money.

Interview with Saci Lloyd

Q. What can you…

The Cadet of Tildor Interview & Giveaway

Posted by on 01/08/2013 • 13 Comments

Today I’m happy to be a part of the Cadet of Tildor tour organized by AToMR Tours. Find the full tour schedule here. I have Alex here for an interview today, and then you can enter to win a pretty fab giveaway! 🙂

The Cadet of Tildor Alex Lidell Publication date: January 10th 2013by Dial      

Tamora Pierce meets George R. R. Martin in this smart, political, medieval fantasy-thriller.

There is a new king on the throne of Tildor. Currents of political unrest sweep the country as two warring crime families seek power, angling to exploit the young Crown’s inexperience. At the Academy of Tildor, the training ground for elite soldiers, Cadet Renee de Winter struggles to keep up with her male peers. But when her…

Possession Tour Stop: Interview + Giveaway

Posted by on 11/27/2012 • 40 Comments

I am happy to be a part of the Possession blog tour that is dropping by the blog today. I’ll be sharing an interview I did with Elana Johnson, along with some fabulous giveaways!

PossessionElana JohnsonSeries: Possession #1Publication date: June 7th 2011by Simon & Schuster


Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of…

Gravity Blog Tour: Review + Interview

Posted by on 11/16/2012 • 19 Comments

GravityMelissa WestSeries: The Taking, #1Publication date: November 20th 2012by Entangled Teen


In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father…