If you’ve followed along since the beginning of time, er, rather the opening post on this blog, I started contemplating the use of a pen name about a year ago. My lovely graphic header included the words “fiction home of Charlene Newcomb & Kate [insert various names].” I’d even created a separate blog for Kate, which admittedly only pointed folks here.
I wrote a number of posts about Kate, including this quite eye-opening adventure (at least to me). I had no intention of hiding the other ‘me’, which would be a pretty amazing feat in this day and age though several authors admit to doing it successfully. I attempted to explain why I thought I needed a pen name.
Long story short . . . I’ve changed my mind.
Let’s face it. I’m not a spring chicken. I passed the half-century mark and ya’ know, that didn’t bother me too much until this year’s birthday. And then it was like – OMG, how the #@$^%#!! did that happen? Given that I’m definitely on the downhill slope of life and don’t whip out a new novel every 3 months like many writers do provided my rationale for just being me. The original outline for Keeping the Family Peace is dated 2004. 2004! Eight years. All right – I’ll admit I dabbled with a few other things during those 8 years, but if you don’t finish AND publish, you can’t call yourself a writer.
Where was I going with this? <—— see? a sign of age. 🙂
Ah yes, 8 years from start to finish (assuming I get Family Peace up on Amazon by the end of the year). So, given my advanced age, and slower than molasses writing style, I don’t anticipate that I’ll be publishing new works often enough to worry about you, the reader, trying to figure out which are my sci-fi offerings, which are historical fiction, or which are contemporary drama. I don’t want you zipping off to Amazon to see one lonely little book sitting there by Kate [insert name]. I want you to see all 4 books by Charlene Newcomb (maybe in 6-7 years if all goes according to plan). I imagine the cover art will give you a hint as to genre.
So again, welcome to the Many Worlds of Char. Charlene Newcomb.