I read with great interest the post that Alexi Silversmith did the other day on the topic of pen names used by authors of m/m romance and erotica as well as the comments it generated.
Yet, one thing kept on going around and around in my head – so much so that I begged Wave to let me do this follow up post – and this was the question ‘do readers actually give a toss about pen names?’
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not deliberately being dismissive about why authors choose or choose not to use pen names because there are many very valid reasons as to why they would or wouldn’t. However, whilst reading the comments on Alexi’s post, I kept asking myself ‘do I really care about who the person is behind the pen name?’
Erm. No offense meant. 😀 Hey, I’m not a hypocrite! I only use part of my RL name myself because of the existing online presence I have associated with the EDJ.
Still, this was me pondering:
Do I care if it’s a girl or boy author writing the m/m romance and erotica? Nope.
Do I care if it’s a pen name? Umm, why??? I pretty much assume most of them are anyways.
Do I care if it’s a girl/boy with a boy/girl author name? I’d probably be O_o, but, as long as their writing doesn’t suck and they’re not a total prat about it, it’s none of my business.
In fact, there was only one real instance I could think of where I’d be pretty pissed off about the use of a pen name. This would be when an author has deliberately started to use a pseud so as to avoid the shit storm associated with their last/other author name. To me, especially if that situation was the author’s own damned fault, this borders on the unethical.
But maybe I’m the only reader who is this laid back about the whole issue? shrugs Could be.
So what about you? Have you actually stopped mid-purchase to say ‘oh, I’m not buying that m/m book because that’s obviously a pseud’? As a reader, do you actually give a toss about an author using a pen name?
Oh, and keep it civil please. No mentioning names or being rude. I am WAY nastier than Alexi and Wave and will hold no punches in return. Just warning you.