Bridge of Truth, complete at 65,000-words, is a literary fiction novel that takes the reader on an emotional journey of two estranged best friends, Skez and Marie. When brought together again, both are set forth on a personal discovery of love and forgiveness. In finding each other, their troubled past is revealed, and old wounds begin to heal. However, what they weren’t prepared for was losing each other all over again. When Marie learns Skez is battling a heart condition, they learn their biggest opponent isn’t each other; it’s time.
Skez and Marie, being twenty years apart, had an unlikely friendship. Nonetheless, they were each other’s constant in this life, and helped each other better navigate this world. When their friendship is tested, their once unbreakable bond is severed and so is their faith in each other. Their friendship becomes estranged, and for the next four years they communicated by letters only. When the letters failed to provide closure, both begin escaping the one thing they end up fighting for; life.
When Skez, now a 50-year old career-driven alcoholic survives a car accident, the doctors remind him that his heart is too weak and that one more drink could be fatal. Alcoholism has already robbed him of his health and happiness, and if he continues on this path, the inevitable is just around the corner. With a failing heart, and marriage, he feels he has nothing left to lose. That is, until he’s sent to Italy for work and he’s unexpectedly reunited with Marie, the best friend who got away. Now, 30-years old she confronts the one man who knows the truth what happened to her, four years ago. In this cathartic reunion, they begin tying up loose ends the letters itself leave behind. More importantly, when Marie learns Skez is sick, they decide to stand by each other and their journey home begins. Here they cross paths with the old; where second chances are possible, and the new; those who show them love and forgiveness aren’t impossible.
A story about love, happiness, forgiveness, and second chances; Bridge of Truth is also a novel inspired by the untimely death of my estranged best friend, whom I reunited with two years before he passed. He had Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy, a heart condition caused by severe drinking. Sometimes in life we burn bridges, while at other times they are simply their as guides. However, it’s the bridge in the distance we fail to see, that once we do becomes our bridge of truth. It may be old and cracked, and with each step we face the risk of falling. However, it’s here that we must make the choice to fight or give up. While I was on his side I wasn’t by it when he left this world. I never had the chance to say goodbye to him, and for a long time I struggled with this. Now I realize I wasn’t supposed to, and the words left unspoken between us has become a message I was to share with the world today. Simply stated; one day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time, so cherish the ones you love today and stop escaping the only life you have. There are no guarantees, but it’s never too late to fight for what you want, and no matter what your situation is; let your heart be your guide because love, is what will carry you through until the very end.
My professional writing career began while attending Los Angeles City College as a Journalism student where I was Lifestyles Editor for the campus newspaper. For two years I was the Editorial Director for Travel News Today, and am now a freelance writer. With several travel and restaurant reviews published in Citynet magazine, I have also had works of poetry published in 2009 for “New Love Stories” magazine, and Theater of the Mind, a poetry anthology. I now reside in Joshua Tree, CA and continue to freelance.