I’m so excited to announce that my novella, Anticipating Temptation, has been released on audio. This project has been a labor of love all summer between myself, my amazing narrator, Xe Sands, and my producer at The Audio Flow. I never thought this would happen.
I was wrong.
The release of this project is truly one of those you-never-know-what-you’re-writing moments. Allow me to tell you the story of how Anticipating Temptation happened, and why I was wrong about it from the very start.
Years ago, on a different blog that I maintained, I used to write every week from the prompts at Mama Kat’s Losin’ It. (*waves* Hi Mama Kat’s people! I see you!) Her prompts are mainly for real life stories, but me, being me, I had to put a fiction spin on most every post.
It was National Drink Wine Day and the post was to write about wine. Well, I could do that.
I knocked out a 1,500-word short story called “Uncorked” and submitted it, even though I was convinced it was awful. Everyone, even Mama Kat herself, loved the story, and several people wanted more. Shows what I knew, right?
In the next week, that 1,500-word story evolved into a 31,000-word novella. (That story is now chapter three.) To date, I’ve never had a story come together as quickly as this one did, and I likely never will again. This was just a story that wanted to be told. I let a few friends read it, but set it aside, as I had my debut novel to worry about.
Over the course of the next year, I’d sometimes pull it out and add to it, tweak it a bit, and finally Char and Darryl’s story was complete. But I didn’t know what on earth to do with it, as it was a novella, and most publishers aren’t interested in novellas.
I had submitted a short story to an anthology that was accepted, and that publisher asked if I had anything else. I said, “A novella, but you aren’t interested in those, are you?” Even though our correspondence was just email, I could hear her laugh. I sent in Anticipating Temptation, but didn’t expect anything to come of it. Guess what, I was wrong again.
I was in Chicago, checking my email as I left the American Girl store $220 lighter, my daughter with a new doll in hand, when I received my acceptance. In fact, I was so engrossed with what was on my phone and in shock that I almost missed that we walked right by the Chicago Lamborghini dealership. (It’s about two blocks from the AG store.)
The book came out and I was so nervous. This one is insanely personal to me. It’s a work of fiction, yes, but there’s a little bit of me in everything I write—but there’s a lot of me in Char. It was as if I were laying everything about me out for everyone to read, not just my words, and it scared the hell out of me. I didn’t think anyone would want to read about my insecurities or my vision for a perfect man. Once again, I was wrong.
The reception to this piece has been amazing.
Then I tentatively said, “hey, I want to take this audio,” and I did so with the support of a producer I met at a convention in 2017. She loves this book, and she knew exactly who she wanted to narrate it, even without auditions. I never once questioned her—and once I heard the final product, I knew exactly why. Xe Sands is amazing and did Char incredible justice in bringing her to life.
The print version of this book is dedicated to Kat at Mama Kat’s Losin’ It, because this story wouldn’t exist without her writing prompt. So today, as my third version of the little novella that could is released, I’m more grateful to her than ever, and so, so glad that I was wrong about this piece, over and over again.
I love this book so much, and I hope you guys do as well. And it’s all thanks to a writing prompt on a blog.
P.S. Kat, I swear, I’ll start writing for you again. Really. 😊 It felt so good to put the workshop button on a post again.