… by talking to Karen Miller as part of their Women in Genre Fiction series 🙂
I remember way back in 2007 when I picked up Innocent Mage here in the UK, how blown away I was by your writing. I haunted your website and became all chatty with you via my livejournal account. You were always very gracious to all your readers and commentators. Did you have any “training” or tips from your publishers on how to handle being in the public eye?
Well, thank you! I try not to be a jackass wherever possible. Don’t always manage it, of course. *g* No, I’ve not received any formal PR training, but having had my own bookshop I did get to meet quite a few authors and I learned a lot from watching them. Some were absolutely brilliant with both the public and behind the scenes types (David Gemmell, we really really miss you) and others were — well, let’s just say they were prime object lessons on What Not To Do. At the end of the day, I always try to remember that I am beyond privileged to do what I do, and that without the support of the reading public I’d be cactus. Being a writer doesn’t make me better than everyone else. It just makes me slighty loony. Besides, I think general courtesy is one of the keystones of a civilised society.
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