In June 2012, Holding Richmond had its last big sales month, Pat Canella was launched to a great sale weekend of seven sales - still a record - and Chronicles of Mark Johnson got its launch.
The irony of the matter is that on what should have been a joyous month, I am going to quit writing.
Writing against the tide of Asian writer has become like drowning in quicksand - the more I struggled to keep believing I could survive, the deeper I sank.
I long ago accepted that quality doesn't matter if you can get the work done on the cheap; rather than lower my standards to unacceptable levels - for me - I made this decision.
I think the final straw was A Sailor's Love, after spending over a year on the book, I desperately needed a little success after the failures of the two Mark Johnson stories but it didn't come.
My dream is over and the fires of passion that drove the writing are covered in thick ice.