The Watermark – Travis Thrasher

Watermark – A mark impressed on paper that is visible only when the paper is held up to the light.

Sheridan Blake is finally getting back to life. After…an incident…that caused him to not finish his degree in music at Covenant, the now 28 year old Sheridan is returning for his senior year. His wild days of his early twenties behind him, Sheridan is now back in school intent on finishing his degree.

One night during a movie matinee, he runs into Genevie Liu and is instantly smitten? interested? in love? Sheridan’s not really sure which, but he does know that he wants to get to know this lovely lady better. Maybe it’ll help him move on from his past.

In The Watermark, Travis Thrasher gives us a story of love that leads to redemption, calling the prodigal son to come back home and forgiving him of the sins of the past. Sheridan’s life holds a horrible secret. One that too many know but are too kind to tell. A secret he’s been forever haunted by. Each chapter begins with a letter to a girl named Amy, someone who has something to do with the secret of Sheridan’s past.

As Genevie and Sheridan grow closer, Sheridan struggles with sharing his secret. His sin was too great, too heinous, unforgiveable. But through the power of Love, Sheridan learns that God can work the greatest of goods out of the most horrible sin and bring the chief of sinners back into his arms.

Travis Thrasher follows up his debut novel, The Promise Remains, with another simple love-story undergirded with a solid spiritual theme. The suspense of slowly figuring out about Sheridan’s past stands in contrast to the story being told from Sheridan’s first person perspective, but it serves as an interesting device that heightens the book’s emotional tension. Blending humor with intensely serious moments, Thrasher finds the perfect balance and creates a love story all can enjoy. The Watermark is a testament of the forgiveness of God wrapped in a story of love.

Mini Q&A with Travis

Josh: The Watermark was your second published novel. Once you’re published, did anything change in your writing process?

I had already started writing The Watermark even before The Promise Remains was contracted for. I felt like my first novel was a good start. I wanted to do something deeper, something more personal. So The Watermark was my most personal story up to the publication of Sky Blue.

It would have been easy to say “Hey, they liked the structure and style of The Promise Remains.” Male and female points of view, back and forth. Third person past tense. So did I follow that formula? Nope.

Thus started a theme with me. Well, I did it that way last time, let me try another way this time.

At the end of my first novel, it’s about whether they get together. At the end of this one, it’s about whether Sheridan finds hope.

Josh: You tell a story here of hope borne out of tragedy. How would you answer those who say that God is not justified in allowing evil, even if he works good through it?

Four questions into this and you ask me a whopper like this? My last name is Thrasher, not Colson. Come on!

I believe that God created something wonderful and perfect when he created this world and man. It was man who messed it up (and if it wasn’t Adam and Eve, it would have been someone else). I think it’s amazing that God didn’t completely wipe out his creation and start over again. Seriously. I’ve thought of this–what if I was writing a novel and my characters turned against me? This is how I in a tiny, simpleton way try to understand this.

So why does evil occur and is God justified? Come on—I can’t do justice in an answer. I know God can make good come out of anything. I’m surprised that God can make blessings out of our mistakes—out of failures and sin and suffering. I think it’s only by God’s grace that He doesn’t abandon us all together.


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  1. Very interesting. Loving the Q&As.

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  2. Interesting. How DO you wind up in contact with all these authors?

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  3. Never been much of a romance reader myself, but sounds like an intriguing premise! I also love the fact that Travis likes to keep challenging himself with trying different kinds of ways to write books, different genres, etc. Great way to grow as a writer, I’d think! 🙂

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  4. I love reading mini author Q&A’s. 😀

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  5. One of these days, you’re going to make me go broke. How do you always find the good books? I love the second question you asked Travis. (:

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