Why did you write the book? I wrote this particular book because the victim is based on someone I both loved and hated. Writing it “cured” me of both feelings.
How does your book differ from others that are similar? Unlike other writers of mysteries, I am a psychoanalyst who was in private practice for 37 years. I believe my background makes me highly qualified to understand the behavioural aspects of the criminal mind.
How did you market your book? I send out many postcards advertising my books, and find word of mouth most helpful. I also send out many review copies, and have been most successful in receiving fine reviews.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome? The prejudice in the industry against POD books.
What would you say to others considering POD? If you can get a good agent or publisher, your book would have more prestige. On the other hand, it is very difficult for a newcomer to find such representation, and publication takes much longer, so going the way of the POD is a good alternative. After all, there is nothing like holding that first copy of your book in your hand, no matter who the publisher is!