I hope you are enjoying the posts for my birthday week so far because I’ve been enjoying coming up with the prizes and ideas behind them!
Recently it was revealed that J.K. Rowling had written a well-received crime novel under a pen name at the time the news broke people seemed to land on one of two sides. Some understood why she might have decided to take this route in that anything coming out under her real name would be subjected to a level of scrutiny that using a pen name wouldn’t be subjected to. Others took the line that this was out and out lying to the public which is an offense that was unforgivable (granted the bio was ummm not the best of fake bios). I think what people fail to see is the whole idea of a pen name or multiple pen names for an author is nothing new but is in fact a quite common occurrence.
Some prime examples of pen names:
Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb – I mean I would have probably never started the In Death series had I known it was Nora when I first started it. I hate to admit it but yes I was one of those people who used to turn my nose up at romance novels so in this case Nora using a pen name for the series wasn’t a bad idea at all.
Stephen King/Richard Bachman – Granted the Bachman pen name was to reassure him that people did like his work and it wasn’t an accident. There are other theories as to why he chose to create this pen name but I like that one.
Issac Asimov/Paul French – Asimov used the Paul French pen name to write juvenile science-fiction.
There are many more but I think those three show that a writer that is extremely well established will use multiple pen names to allow themselves freedom to write in genres that their more well-known name wouldn’t normally be associated with. It can also prove helpful in case of erotic writers wanting to branch out in to YA or more mainstream markets. This was discussed at a panel I went to at RT and I found the fact that there used to be more pressure on writers to use alternate pen names for works outside certain narrow genre lines to be intriguing. I can understand it from a personal level since as I stated above I might not have ever picked up the In Death series were it not for the pen name.
So now for the fun stuff – In honor of pen names I think I am going to give commenters a chance to win two series that are still ongoing from authors that I enjoy under all their incarnations.
The prizes today are (Click the titles for my reviews):
From J.C. Daniels aka Shiloh Walker – Blade Song and Night Blade – Kit Colbana series. I’m not ashamed to admit that she’s managed to leave me a blubbering mess and I cannot wait to get the next one in the series. .
From Kit Rocha aka Moira Rogers (my lovely ladies Donna and Bree) – Beyond Shame, Beyond Control and Beyond Pain – the Beyond Series. I will warn you to have ice, more ice, towels and lots of time to come down from the high these books will leave you in. This is a deliciously dirty series that I cannot recommend enough.
I am going to draw 2 winners and they will win both series in either a Kindle or Nook format. This contest is open to US contestants only. Entries must be received by September 16th at 11:59 pm US Central.
All you need to do is tell me what authors have you read that have multiple pen names or do you have an issue with multiple pen names?