I’m so excited! I’m working with a writing coach and on task to produce a self published YA Novel this year, finally! It’s a paranormal novel with witches & magic. I am so excited, I’m bursting from the seams as I outline & write. I immediately declared this would go under my pen name. My reasoning to separate from my current professional life. Pen names always bring about discussion. The purpose & need as an author, so on and so on. One topic missing is what about the reader? I’m a reader and consumer of books, I put on my reader hat and asked the question, does it matter to me if a beloved book is written via pen name or real name? Do I feel cheated in any way as a reader?
I don’t think so. I’m a fan of JR Ward’s, Black Dagger Brotherhood, like many who love paranormal romance. Was I pissed off when I learned she wrote contemporary romances under the pen Jessica Bird? No, I was pumped that I had knowledge to get her earlier work. As a fan of hers I wasn’t deterred but more on the side of grateful I could find her talented work elsewhere. Maybe if it had been the other way around I would have felt differently? Im not sure.
Comment below: As a reader how do you feel about author pen names? Does it matter to you?