I remember the night, the dark interior of the car. We were, for some reason or another, on the road between the small towns of Midland and Odessa, Texas (now you see where she gets her name) and suddenly cars began to honk all around us. I remember dad turning on the radio, and hearing that Baby Jessica was free. She'd been stuck for days, and maybe it was the fact that the whole nation was watching something that was going on in my city, or maybe it was because she was around my age, but I was rapt, glued to the TV, watching the drillers and the floodlights and the reporters drone on about the songs she sang to herself. When I knew I wanted to write a book, two things came to my mind. Poisons, for some reason, and Baby Jessica, stuck down the well, unable to move. The poison thing evolved to something else, but I wrote The Well's End partially in answer to my own question: what would something like that do to you? How would you adjust to the nickname, the spotlight, the injuries, the fear? Would you ever forget what it was like, how it smelled? Would you grow with the trauma or be blunted? Or both. I still don't know, but I don't think Mia is defined by her fall. Instead, she learned who she was.About The Well's End:
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.
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.