The rest of the story is contained in her email to him, posted on his blog, of which I'll include a small bit:
You were my epiphany. You were telling me there was life beyond print publishing. In fact a WHOLE NEW WORLD in digital. You led me to the revolution. I started reading your books. So far I have loved SHOT OF TEQUILA and TRUCK STOP. They're tough, fast-paced and humorous, and now and then poetic. I'm still reading. Most importantly, within one month, following your example, I had uploaded onto Kindle my first indie ebook, HOUSE OF SKIN - PRIZE-WINNING STORIES by Kiana Davenport. All the stories I could never get published in NY as a collection. I kept my price low as you suggested, $1.99. Reader reviews have all been 5 stars.
I am trying to spread the word--already Joe's campaign to raise her ranking at Amazon has had great results, a testimony to writers wanting to help other writers. I'm also enjoying many of the comments on his post and the resources mentioned there. I've done a lot of bookmarking today!
House of Skin
I also want to once again post a link to a discussion of writers and depression: http://maantren.blogspot.com/2009/03/writing-and-depression-kiwiburger.html