People ask me often where the idea for Breathe came from. They want to know how I got started. I actually don’t have a specific moment where in a flash I knew what exactly I was going to write. I remember wondering what would it be like for the family left behind after a young girl’s murder?
What would it be like specifically for a younger sister who idolized her? Besides the obvious grief at the loss of a sibling there would be some complications. In my story, Jasmine, is the sister left behind. She is sad about her sister but there is more. She is now the oldest. She isn’t used to being in charge of her younger fraternal twin siblings, Lily and Caedan. She helped out before but Daisy was their mini mom since their mom worked a lot and dad was out of the picture. Although she loves them she is a bit resentful that she is now the go to girl.
She has some anxiety. Ever since Daisy’s murder she’s not a fan of being outside in the dark. She tries to do a good job covering it up but she doesn’t fool everyone.
Growing up having a popular, vivacious sister made her life a lot easier. Especially since Jasmine doesn’t care much for attention. She already had an in. Everyone already knew who she was. When they make the move to Lafayette, Louisiana she worries that making friends and fitting in won’t be easy this time without Daisy to pave the way.
She misses sharing her sister’s wardrobe, having someone to confide in, and being the less visible sister. She has to adjust to a whole new life and a new family dynamic along with everything else that comes her way when the story begins and honestly she has a lot to deal with.
That’s how it started. With a question. Of course there is more, lots more. If you want to read an excerpt, sign up for my monthly newsletter in the box on the right!