Nestled in the heart of the awe-inspiring Black Hills of South Dakota resides a man whose journey exemplifies the enduring and transformative nature of the written word.
Seth Voorhees, a literary maestro in his own right, has harnessed his love for storytelling to delve deep into the human psyche.
Seth’s odyssey as a writer began in high school, where he first ventured into the world of storytelling. He believes in infusing truth into every character he crafts, adding depth to their flaws and virtues alike.
But life’s twists and turns placed a momentary pause in his dreams.
It wasn’t until years later, after a decade-long career in mental health, that Seth rediscovered his passion for writing. His journey to become an author mirrors the resilience and unwavering commitment he brings to his craft.
But Seth Voorhees is more than just an author; he is a keeper of the human spirit, and his debut novel, The Interim, is proof of that.
Set in the tranquil town of Cooper, South Dakota, The Interim introduces a world divided into two starkly contrasting realities. For most of the year, it’s a utopia unparalleled in serenity, but during the chilling ‘interim,’ Cooper’s peaceful existence is shattered.
For over a century, the town’s residents have adhered to stringent rules, locking themselves indoors during this ominous period. But something is about to change.
In the sweltering summer of 1999, five children form a bond that transcends their dark struggles. Raised under the shadow of a monstrous threat, they refuse to bow to their town’s archaic ways. The Interim is more than just a horror story. It is a tale of hope, transformation, and courage in the face of evil.
Seth’s writing elevates the narrative beyond the supernatural and delves deep into the emotional landscapes of the characters, painting a poignant picture of friendship and courage amidst the unknown.
A self-proclaimed “old soul,” Seth’s writing finds solace in simplicity, gracefully navigating life’s intricate complexities.
His profound connection with nature and deeply held personal beliefs are the bedrock upon which his characters’ rich personalities are built. Drawing from a career in mental health, Seth crafts characters with astonishing depth and realism.
They come to life with a richness that mirrors the authenticity of the human condition.
When asked about his writing ritual, Seth offers a raw and honest perspective, reflecting his unwavering dedication to his craft. His writing rituals, while seemingly ordinary, emphasize an art that is often lost on many contemporary writers—the nurturing of creativity and imagination.
Seth believes that just as the body requires exercise and nutrition, the mind demands regular writing and reading. Taking breaks, he suggests, is essential for allowing creative ideas to flourish.
Occasionally, Seth defies convention, much like his beloved character, Helen Olson, from his other book, Immune, who unexpectedly takes center stage in the story.
This willingness to embrace spontaneity mirrors his belief in infusing truth into every character.
At present, Seth is immersed in crafting a work of fiction inspired by his extensive experience in the mental health field, echoing the age-old adage, “Write what you know.”
Writing, Seth believes, is an act that should be fueled by love and joy. When asked to impart valuable writing advice to aspiring authors, he encourages them to simply pick up the pen and write—even on the most uninspired days, for not everything written needs to be published or perfect.
He understands that it is through stories that writers plant the seeds of hope and love.
And through his books, Seth hopes that when readers turn the last page, they will find the solace and inspiration they seek.