Step back about five months with me, and picture for a moment a creativity-starved student with a full load of credits about to finish up her first year of college. She was working a part-time job, volunteering in two different places, and—like most people who feel like butter scraped across too much bread—stressed. Writing had taken the back seat for upwards of six months, because at the end of the day, she only had enough energy left to curl up with a good book and disappear.
The “good book” she chose to read that April was Persuasion. It served its purpose as a lovely bit of escapism, but part way through, a minor character (who never even attained to the dignity of a first name) was suddenly hurt. The boy soon recovered from his injuries, but it left her wondering... what could have happened to him, had he not been in an Austen novel?
I’m sure you’ve guessed by now that the college student is me, and that even when I have no time to write, my brain simply won’t shut up with story ideas. First there is one character, then two, then a family, and a handful of scenes. It’s really out of control. So on April 17th, (a Wednesday), I opened the Notes app on my phone, and wrote the first 500 or so words that would soon grow to be a 46,000 word novel.
That novel is What Is and Could Be, and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever written before. It’s my love letter to many of the classic books that have changed and inspired me. I wrote it on my phone (now moved to the Google Docs app) a couple hundred words at time, during lunch, my morning commute, or whenever I could scrape together a few spare minutes to escape. I began it without any idea where the story would lead, and finished it four months later having rediscovered my love of writing one rainy day, earthy garden, bookish MC later.
Now, What Is and Could Be is going up on Wattpad. Two chapters are posted today, but in the future it will be updated every Sunday morning with one chapter. I sincerely hope that you will join me on this new adventure!
- Katelyn Buxton
Timothy Wright’s life revolves around stories. Ever since he had his accident, books have been his only window to the outside. The characters inside are family—he’s sailed the high seas in quest of a white whale, plunged through rabbit holes, and been scolded by the ghost of Christmas present. But when a cheerful Veridan maid comes into his family’s employment, he begins to remember that life could be more than what happens between the pages of his books. In fact, it may be that of all the adventures he’s called home, the most frightening, exhilarating, and rewarding one is yet to come.
A couple of notes: What Is and Could Be is not historical fiction, despite leaning very heavily on the ways and customs of the nineteenth century. It is also fairly unedited, so keep that in mind as we travel this journey together!
Welcome to Katelyn Buxton Books! I'm a Christian author and blogger, with a passion for writing stories that are not just enjoyable, but also lead people closer to Jesus. Feel free to look around, and enjoy your stay!