I used to enjoy doing publicity for my books. I love to travel--or I did before air travel became such a colossal pain in the butt--and I enjoyed meeting the distributors and bookstore staffs. Doing interviews was also fun. It was kinda cool when I was in the waiting room at my doctor's office one day and a woman recognized me from a TV appearance.
Before Dance of the Gods was published, I was in New York, meeting with my agent and editor. One day, Sabra Elliott, then Vice President in charge of advertising, publicity and promotion, introduced me to members of her staff. I was directed to a chair in the middle of a room, with them seated around me. They proceeded to ask me questions I would be asked by reporters. Interesting experience. Over the years I was with Berkley, I did numerous print, radio and TV interviews.
I worked with three publicists at Berkley: Amy Barron, Kristen Kreimeier, and Sara Leopold, and they were all wonderful, even if they did joke about hiding under their desks whenever I called. Here's a press release Amy wrote for me:
I got a lot of good interviews. I wish I could include all of them here, but I doubt Blogspot allows for endless blogs, so I'll start with this one, from the St. Louis Suburban Journals....
I had more of a problem with the local press giving me the "romance writer" label than I did elsewhere. The irony is that I am a romance writer--and not just in my Silhouette series romances. I like writing about relationships, and I love happy endings, hallmarks of the romance novel. But at that time, I saw myself as a thriller writer--and I am. The two, I eventually discovered, do not have to be exclusive of each other. And any author is better off--at least at the start of their career--if their books can fit neatly into a category. The General Fiction section is a big place, and if you don't have a recognizable name, you can get lost there!
Tom Blackburn, book editor of the Palm Beach Post when I was interviewed by him back in the late eighties, made my day when he told me A Time for Legends was closer to Tom Clancy than to Danielle Steel (I'm not a Steel fan, though I have great respect for what she's accomplished).
My editor, Damaris Rowland, was not as thrilled. In fact, she was a bit perplexed. She always saw me as a romance--women's fiction--writer....