I’m very active on Facebook. In fact, I have my personal page, my author page, and a page for a small critique group I’m in.

I also have lots of “friends” over there. Not so many that Facebook is asking me to cut back, but enough. My daughter insists that no one can know as many people as I have friends.

I got started on Facebook because I wanted to use it as a promotion vehicle. For years, I was on there, posting every day, but I didn’t have a book out.

Now I do. The story of Moonrazer and Varian, in Sword & Illusion, is, I think, some of the best writing I’ve ever done.

A few days ago, I saw a post from one of my online friends. She was bemoaning the fact that she kept seeing epic fantasies with heroes named things like “Varian.”

She actually used his name. I stopped scrolling and reread the post, wondering if she’d seen my posts about the book and that’s where she saw the name.

I commented to that idea. I asked if that was where she saw it and kind of jokingly said I was sorry if the name wasn’t original.

That was the last I thought about it.

Until today.

I got a private message from her saying she hoped I wasn’t offended by her post. She was just trying to be funny (she’d commented that she’d name her hero “Lord Bulgie Leatherpants” or something like that) and that she looked up my book and bought it!

I replied that if that’s the result of her “offending” me, she was free to offend away. I did tell her that I wasn’t offended at all.

I looked up her book to return the favor but can’t find it in the Nook version, and right now I can’t afford the paperback. I do intend to get it as soon as I can.

We have to help each other out!