Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Why a Pen Name?
However, my son said to me, "Don't you know, Mom, that God wouldn't have made you a writer if he didn't think you could do it." Okay, so how do you quit after that? You don't! I didn't. I went on to write Murder Uncorked and got an agent and within two weeks had a three book deal with Penguin. I have now sold nine books with them.
As the state of publishing changes, I realize as a mid-list author it is vital I change with it or get left behind.That is not an option. I LOVE to write. So, I am continuing to write and learn as much as I can about e-publishing and self-publishing.
I know I am now off on a tangent here, so I will get back to why a pen name. I am writing under a pen name for my thrillers because they are so different from my mysteries. They are a separate “brand.” This way a reader doesn't get confused when they download a Michele Scott book versus an A.K. Alexander book or a Sofia Cruz book. I used that pen name for my book “The Cartel.” It's not a thriller in the vein of the A.K. Alexander books but it is dark and has lots of sex and violence and the subject matter is very different from my thrillers, and definitely different from my mysteries.
I was wondering who else is using pen names out there and if so, what is your reasoning? Do you think it's a good idea?