I’m not a blog planner-outer, don’t know if you’ve noticed. I like to say something every couple of days, but I’m never too sure what it will be. After reading several posts on other people’s blogs this week and talking to a writer friend last night, I thought I’d ask your opinion.
Do I need a pen name?
My real life name is Stacey Wallace Benefiel and it seems okay to go with my real life name when I’m writing YA. But what of the more adult fare that I write? (I haven’t published any of it yet.) I wonder if it would make any difference to readers, like a 13-year-old would “accidentally” read something I wrote that was not intended for them because I used the same name, or would anyone even care? My website is PG, but my blog is not and no one has complained about that discrepancy yet. (I suppose that would require more than 6 readers.) I think for me I would use a pen name to keep from being confusing to readers more than to keep the younger ones from reading the grown-up stuff. (That’s kind of their parents job, isn’t it?)
I’ve been toying with putting Day of Sacrifice out under the name Stacey Wallace. Still me, but not exactly the same name so readers will know its a different type of work. But, but…then am I building more than one platform?
This name business is confusing. Lay your thoughts on me.