This is something I have to watch, given the fact my books are in the 90s AD. I even have to watch the word origin. Been criticized in a review - but honestly, a modern word in the voice of a 1st century Christian.
The only place where my characters even refer to the author is in the backstories which will be for readers on my VIP Readers list.
Something else to guard about. Hey, btw... I never thought of promoting my books that way. LOL
Thank you for the post, very interesting and a great reminder as I plod through the fifth book in the series, checking.
Thanks for that Susan. Wow, that must be tricky sometimes trying to work out what would have been done and said in the first century. My current work is set in the 1880s and that's hard enough sometimes. I have lots of notes in the margins with things like, 'Did they say that then'?
Re the book promotion, maybe one of your first-century Christians could be reading a scroll that contains the first book? Though perhaps not the best strategy. LOL I've read another book where the author had one of the characters reading a novel that was written by a close friend of the author. The characters stopped and started chatting about how great the book was, and it didn't relate to the story at all. Again just promotion. Oh well, I guess they have product placement in movies :) Thanks for commenting.