Digital Publication Date: July 6, 2009
Cover art by Renee Rocco
Waiting for Revenge came about when I decided to try my hand at a short story for a local writing contest. I’d been working on my first novel for a while, so I took a little break from it and came up with this short story about a woman on Thanksgiving Day who isn’t feeling all that thankful. She caught her husband fooling around the evening before and is out for a walk examining her options when a stranger (who is obviously attracted to her) approaches and introduces himself. She shares her dilemma with him, and as she heads home still unsure of what she’ll do, realizes he’s yet another possibility she’ll have to weigh.
For a short story, this hanging ending seemed best.
But somewhere in the process, I got attached to Mandy and Adam (her admirer), and more than a little curious about her wayward husband. What had made him stray? What would Mandy do about her marriage, and why was Adam so darn secretive when they met? Was he a good guy, or would he prove to be a really bad option?
Writing the rest of the story wasn’t optional—I had to do it. In fact, it was complete by the time the writing contest had been judged. I finished 3rd (my first contest ever, what a boost!) and got some really neat prizes, plus an invite to a neat awards ceremony.
Since Waiting for Revenge, I’ve completed five other books, the next of which— Lone Star Trouble—releases October 5th from Lyrical Press.