Today we welcome author Seth Fishman to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight! The Well’s End has been a favorite around here as we geared up for release, and how could it not be? Boarding school, tense familial relationships, a cute boy, and a mystery of epic proportions, this book (with a second one on the way) has all the makings for a story you’ll never forget. Isn’t that just what you’ve been waiting for as you survive this never ending winter? Before you pick up your copy, take a second to get to know the mastermind behind the tale!
Name: Seth Aaron Shai Fishman
Novel: The Well’s End
Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? J.R.R. Tolkien
What’s your favorite thing about your book? That it exists!
If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? Gandalf, though perhaps Robinson Crusoe or the empress from The Neverending Story (to grant wishes).
Where do you write? A rotating range of desks, most notably my wife’s desk in the living room because my desk in the bedroom is covered with old drafts.
Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? Emperor Augustus. Oh man, what a great emperor, all things considered. PAX ROMANA (yep, I’m a nerd, but I DID major in Roman history so, like, that’s fair right?)
Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? I do tweet but have been told by a wise man that the moment I self-congratulate a bit of humor, it turns to dust.
What is your favorite season? Fall, easily. A) Birthday B) Trees (none where I grew up so I’m still delighted by them) C) New Year (school time) D) great weather E) Football
If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? Hmm, assuming I had a spacesuit and could easily teleport back, I wouldn’t mind a nice view of a galaxy that’s not horizontal. Otherwise, Bali…
Do you have any writing rituals? Definitely, I procrastinate first for 30 minutes, and then I start reading the last 5 pages I wrote, lightly editing, and then, by the time I get to the last line, I am ready for the next one.
What is your idea of earthly happiness? Love, health, and security (including Scroodge McDuck style money bins).
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? Hmm, good question. Theoretically it was the Rolling Stones 1996 show that Matchbox 20, Dave Matthews and Smashing Pumpkins opened. But in reality, cheesy me will go with Simon & Garfunkle. Dad would be proud.
What are you currently working on? I’m waiting anxiously for my editor to destroy the pages of book two in this series. So, I guess I’m working on my tan.
Thanks, Seth! We can’t wait to find out what comes next after The Well’s End!
Check out me saying stuff and my author photo where I obscure my face!
Seth is here next Thursday with Téa Obreht for The Well’s Wife and The Tiger’s End: Seth Fishman and Téa Obreht Read Fan Fiction it will be guaranteed great.
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Bikes park near an arched stone bridge above bathers enjoying the water on Arran Island, Scotland, July 1965.Photograph by Robert Sisson, National Geographic
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Photograph by Martin Rollins.
Completion! This book is published today and I have to tell you, I f-ing love it. It’s a hilarious disaster novel about the London property market, and it has an exceptional sex scene involving a butter dish. I don’t make a habit of talking about every book we represent here, or this tumblr would just be an endless advert for L&R, but I can’t help it with Completion. My fingers have been crossed for this one since the first chapters came in a couple of years ago, so today I’m just a fan, standing in front of other fans, asking them to love this.
If you click on the link above you can find an article about how hundreds of writers and artists are preparing tributes to Iraq’s historic books hub, Al-Mutanabbi Street, hit by car bomb in 2007. This seems to me to be a very very important thing about humans and art and recovery and books, and is worth a great deal of attention and support.
The thing is, I know I’m a bit of a w****r when it comes to eating, and food, and food writing, but this man’s journey is literally a dream of mine.