This Friday will mark the official publication day of my short story “Chosen Sacrifice.” With that in mind, I thought it might be fitting to tell the story behind the making of this beautiful tale.
“Chosen Sacrifice” was a difficult story to write. Essentially, it is my love letter to unwed mothers and their families. Over the course of my short life, I have known many women who have given their bodies over to passion instead of purity. Sometimes the result is simply a broken heart. Sometimes the result is the burden of an ill-timed baby. And very occasionally the result is a newlywed family. In all cases, my heart breaks for these women who must shoulder so much responsibility often at too young of an age. The simple strength and sacrifice of many of these women to become single working mothers astounds me, but I also recognize that many of them could never do what they do so successfully without the love and support of their families. It is with these emotions in mind that I created the character of Miya.
In Miya, I wanted a character who prized honor above all else and yet had committed one of the ultimate dishonors within her society by volunteering herself as a concubine. While her motives for seeking the emperor’s bed were pure, her actions themselves were anything but. As the emperor’s pregnant mistress, Miya has been marked as forever off-limits to other men. And once his heir is born, the emperor will cast Miya aside as something no longer useful to him. Miya cannot marry and make a family of her own and so she follows the last option left to her: she runs back to the person she calls Father for help.
I don’t want to spoil the story for those who have not read it, but suffice it to say that this story really is about Miya’s fight for survival while trying to seek refuge with the one person who might still be able and willing to help her. It is about her struggle to regain the honor that she has lost and to find a way to right her wrongs even in the face of death.
I hope you all enjoy this fantasy fiction story when it becomes available as an eBook on Friday. I will send out links on the blog, Twitter, and Facebook when it is published. Until then, may we each rewrite our world for the better!
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