On January 8th, 2020, I began writing To Live and To Breathe. I had been daydreaming about the sequel since before What Is and Could Be was finished, beguiling the time I spent shifting books in my college library with the characters that had become like family. I thought it would be a fairly quick first draft, like its predecessor had been. I thought I would have finished it by the time summer rolled around.
But suddenly COVID hit, and Timothy wouldn’t talk to me. “I don’t know what I’m doing,” I fretted. “I bit off more than I can chew trying to write a murder mystery.” Between adapting to pandemic life, grieving the lost opportunities we faced all around the globe, and preparing to transfer to university, I was lucky if I wrote for more than fifteen minutes at a time.
I’d write, and I’d stop, and the guilt would drive me back to re-read the previous chapters just to reassure myself that it wasn’t total trash. And you know—like any first draft—it wasn’t. It needed work, but it had merit.
So I kept at it through spring, and summer, and winter, and when 2020 was almost over I wrote “The End” on the book that had stayed with me the whole year long. It’s a story about struggle, and not being able to see the light. It’s about the hunger for the good and right and true things, even when life doesn't reflect any of it. But most of all it’s a story of hope, even when the faith you thought you had seems hard to find.
As always, I hope it blesses you.
Timothy Wright spends his days reading, writing, and arguing with his favorite parrot. But sometimes, scraping out a living at the nearest newspaper leaves him feeling more drained than rewarded. He wants to write stories about the things that matter, not news articles about the latest fluctuation in fruit prices. But when an aspiring doctor trying to fund his education on a reporter’s salary appeals to him for help keeping his job, Timothy finds himself drawn into a web of murder, intrigue, and dark family secrets that leave him wondering at the difference between living and breathing—and whether he’ll ever have the courage to do the things that frighten him.
The first two chapters of To Live and To Breathe are live on Wattpad! After this week, I plan to post new chapters on Fridays and Sundays. Follow me on Wattpad or Twitter to receive updates when they come out!
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