After seven years of frustrating marketing efforts, I abandoned the quest to sell books more than a year ago, and subsequently, my book sales have soared. I attribute this in part to my publisher’s brilliant series of anthologies, of which my book, His Fantasy Maid, is one of the 10 stories in the Summer Heat anthology. I’m sure I got a lot of exposure to new readers as a result of Summer Heat, and consequently, I saw sales increase exponentially for my other books. But also, I think that by spending more time on social media with my interests (quilting, birding, animal advocacy, dogs (especially Italian Greyhounds and Chihuahuas), marriage equality, etc.), rather than just hawking my books (which I hated doing anyway), I’ve been able to glean valuable information about compelling causes, while making new friends with like interests. I certainly didn’t make this switch to sell more books, but I find it strangely coincidental. I believe I’ll keep it up!
Robert E. Lee’s horse is buried outside a chapel on the Washington and Lee University campus in Lexington, Virginia. The United Daughters of the Confederacy keep the ghost of Traveler supplied with sugar packets. They also place lemons at the base of Stonewall Jackson’s monument (also in Lexington, which was Stonewall’s home) because the general was inordinately fond of the fruit. I became deeply interested in the Civil War when I traveled to Lexington, Gettysburg, and Antietam in August 2010. Subsequently, I read extensively about the Civil War, particularly the Battle of Gettysburg, and then wrote about it in my first book for Crimson Romance entitled The Gettysburg Vampire. Stonewall Jackson figures prominently in my story. By the way, he currently lives in London.