“You must be from Baltimore,” the girl said. “They’re keeping all the Baltimore
women in this room and then the men are going in the room next door.”
Cecilia just nodded.
“But the weird thing about it is that I don’t think they selected at random. I didn’t
hear much of the conversations and I can’t really even explain it. It just seems like all of us are
here…for a reason.”
Cecilia put her hands to her temples and rubbed them in circles. Her head was killing
her. “How long have you been here?”
“For what I’ve heard, I think you actually arrived here before me, but I’ve been awake
longer. Three days I think.”
Her heart skipped a beat, but she tried to hide her utter fright at this whole
situation. “Geez, no wonder I have to pee so bad.”
The girl just laughed very softly, but the laugh was genuine. “I’m in a living nightmare
and I’m laughing…”
“Irony’s funny like that,” she stated flatly. “I’m Cecilia by the way.”
“I’m Hazel. Welcome to Hell.”
Now it was Cecilia’s turn to chuckle. She was confident in the fact that fifteen years
with her mother had prepared her for this. “No, it’s more like welcome to my life.”
I think there are a lot of things I learned while writing Seven. The whole book was
a step outside of my comfort zone. There are seven different perspectives and that means
discovering and digging into all of those personalities and minds and figure out who these people
are. All the seven perspectives are in third person, something I’ve never really done before. I like
writing in first person better, but I was surprised at how easy the third person came to me with
One of the big things here is the genre. I read many different types of genres and
I wanted to do the same with my writing as well. I wouldn’t call Seven a mystery, but it’s
mysterious in many ways. I’d definitely say it’s a thriller. There’s a lot of suspense and that’s
something I’ve never written to this extent before. My main growth with Seven however was
overcoming writer’s block. The first half of the book focuses mainly on the characters lives
normally, slowly building up to the kidnapping. The transition from that to the other half of
the book is so sudden that I struggled to do it smoothly and I found myself losing interest and
wanting to give up. The small excerpt above is part of that transition stage of the book.
I overcame my writers block through motivation and inspiration. Once I stepped away
from it, I allowed myself to move on to another project, one that I finished in a solid month.
And I was so happy and so proud of that book that I became motivated to finish Seven. The
other project gave me the faith I needed in myself and the extra push to not even want to give
up. Now when it comes to inspiration, I always say the main thing that drives me to write is
reading. If I read a good book, it inspires me to write a good book. I remember at the time I was
on vacation, walking around the streets of Toronto, while reading The Mortal Instruments series
by Cassandra Clare…a series that ended up being my absolute favorite. And that’s a tall title to
have because I don’t choose favorites easily, but choosing Clare’s series as a favorite was a no
brainer. And one of the characters, Jace, that coincidentally has a full name of Jonathan, is very
complex, intriguing, and tortured; my fascination with Clare’s characterization made me want to
up the ante. I didn’t model the Jonathan in my story after Jace, but I took his character to the next
level. I delved deeper and tried to make him complex and intriguing in his own way. And I think
I succeeded and he’s without a doubt my favorite character in the book. Without motivation and
inspiration, I may have never finished Seven, but I’m happy I did.
To read their story, go to my website, http://paigeagnew.com. You will find an excerpt of Seven; if you are intrigued to hear more, you can purchase my book there as well.
The book is also available at Amazon.com, Kindle and other retailers.
Paige Agnew wrote her first book, Starless Sky at age 15 and published it in January of 2010. Her second book, Seven, was published February 2011.