Melissa Bowersock has written a variety of books across different genres. As someone who has both self-published and been traditionally published, she has an interesting approach to marketing that can help all writers.
1. Tell me briefly about your books – what are they about and what motivated you to write them?
I have 4 romance novels, 2 that are Westerns (The Rare Breed, Superstition Gold) and 2 that are contemporary (Remember Me, Lightning Strikes). I like to think that my romances are more for thinking readers rather than the formulaic sexual tension novels. I believe my characters grow a lot during the course of finding love. The Blue Crystal is a fantasy sword-and-sorcery novel, much like Lord of the Rings. I have 2 action-adventure novels. Queen’s Gold is based on a past-life regression where a man tries to find ancient Aztec gold he hid in a previous incarnation. The Appaloosa Connection is a western in which a horse rancher and a sullen teenager go after horse thieves that are in cahoots with the Mexican army. Goddess Rising is a spiritual fantasy, inspired by a dream about a future when the world has been decimated by a geologic holocaust and the few people await a female savior to return them to greatness. The Pits of Passion (by Amber Flame) is a romance satire that lampoons every cliche ever written. It is a literal bodice-ripper, and not for the faint of heart. My last book, Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan, is the biography of an Army nurse who was captured on Corregidor and spent 3 years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in the Philippines.
Although my books are inspired by various means, my motivation is that all the stories moved me and interested me and I felt like they were worthy of putting down on paper. I write what I like to read, paying no attention to current fads or commercial formulas.
2. How have your sales been?
Sales have been by fits and starts. When I do a marketing push, I see more, but then they fall off. The sales on my non-fiction have been surprisingly good, so it must be word of mouth.