ABOUT DASHAWN PATRICK
One Breath is a fictional story about living beyond the barriers of expectations and
morays encasing our beliefs.  It is a story that encourages its characters to acquiesce to
love as the beacon to their destiny.  From the instant we take our first breath, to the
moment our last breath flutters across our lips, that is the
One Breath of life we have
been given.  How will you live your
One Breath?

Excerpt from One Breath
Setting - Tavin and Charlie / Seattle Train Station
"Charlie set the National Geographic magazine on his lap, removed his bifocals, tipping
his cap as Tavin exited the train.  Tavin sifted through the sea of passersby, making his
way through the Seattle train station. He glanced back at the train, smiling, wondering
which new passenger would occupy his vacated seat. How had good karma finally
discovered Tavin? How had a chance seating assignment, 29D, shifted his destiny?  Or
was it by chance? Fixated on the possibility of finding Nora, Tavin reflected on Charlie's
final instructions. “Let nothing deter you from finding love!  Love is paramount, Tavin!  
There is nothing greater!"

Synopsis of One Breath
19-year old Tavin Curtis is seated next to 78-year old Charlie Matheson, on an eight-
hour train ride from Wilsonville, Idaho to Seattle, Washington. Rather than enjoying his
freshman year at Arizona State University, Tavin has just completed a one-year sentence
at Wilsonville Correctional facility. Instead of returning home to Flagstaff, Arizona, he is
on a train to Seattle to find Nora, the 20-year-old, olive-skinned girl whose letters were
his only link to sanity.  Nora's letters were intended for a different inmate, inadvertently
delivered to Tavin. In each letter, she reveals how her life is changing, how she's been
sober for 85 days and is trying to recapture the dreams she'd lost. Twice per month,
Tavin anticipates Nora's letters but now she has not written in months. Tavin takes a
chance and writes Nora, explaining the truth about receiving her letters, encouraging
her to continue the path of sobriety and chasing her dreams.  Two months later, Tavin is
surprised when Nora writes back. For the next four months, they exchange letters,
creating a bond neither expected

Tavin believes he is seated next to a stranger but discovers his connection to Charlie will
put his entire life into perspective. For 60 years, Charlie has kept a secret from his family.
He has waited for this moment to tell Tavin the story that alters each of their destinies.
"A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it to be God."
– Sidney Sheldon
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FOUR CHAPTER CHARACTER INTRODUCTION
ONE BREATH
ABOUT ONE BREATH
Completed Manuscript / Querying Process
THE OLD MAN'S DELIVERANCE
A SOUTHERN GIRL'S DEFIANCE
A GIRL SET FREE
A YOUNG MAN'S RELEASE
ONE BREATH
HOW WILL YOU LIVE YOURS?
DASHAWN PATRICK
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