• Patrick Patton

Standby for Launch: 07.26.22



I am so happy to finally announce that The Withering is going to be released on July 26!!!

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As many of you know, this journey has been a long one, but it’s been incredible, and beautiful, and powerful, and meaningful to me.

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I honestly didn’t know exactly how The Withering would end—I knew in general, but not how these characters would react to it. As I said goodbye to writing characters I’d spent over a decade with, the emotions really caught me by surprise. I remember fighting through tears to write the final scene, and feeling so grateful that somehow the ending had turned out to be so beautiful.

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I am so grateful to God for placing this story in my mind and in my heart. I began with a simple idea of two “broken” kids—Rho and Jeema—trying to somehow escape the end of the world. That was back in 2009, the year my daughter Sophia was born. Now Sophia is nearly as old as Jeema (you’ll meet Jeema in an upcoming post). It’s a testament to the magnitude of what I’ve somehow managed to accomplish: I wrote a novel.

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I somehow managed to keep myself working toward that end, through many obstacles, complications, and revisions to tell this story the way it needs to be told. I don’t think I could have kept myself working on it for that long if I didn’t believe in it so strongly.

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After many rounds of beta readers and revisions, I was thrilled when early readers began to tell me that they loved it, and in some cases that they stayed up all night to finish it in one sitting because they couldn’t put it down.

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I knew that readers would connect with these characters, with their journey, and with the very human emotions they are struggling with as they ask the very questions we grapple with here in our where and when.

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The Withering is a fantasy adventure with sci-fi elements. It is a bit gritty, but it’s clean and safe for younger readers.

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This story is truly an adventure, but it also challenges the reader with questions of flesh/spirit, natural/eternal life, and physical/spiritual death. Above all, it is a story about family, faith, and courage.

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I can’t wait to share it with you so GET READY!!! Because I’m planning to reveal some exciting things over the next 10 weeks leading up to LAUNCH DAY!!!

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