So for the second time since I started blogging, I have been accused of being someone else.
The first time occurred a year or two ago when I first read Kerry Allen’s Beyond The Darkening, which I loved and then went all rabid fangirl squee and pimpage mode, leaving positive reviews and telling everyone I could think of about this great novella because I really enjoyed it and wanted to help along a well-deserving indie. Kerry then got asked if I was her. Because, of course, she had so much time between juggling two jobs, a child, writing, and life itself to develop a whole other long-standing blog persona. God forbid anybody recognize that she has talent and appeal and somebody would WANT to go all fangirl supportive.
Then today, apparently somebody asked my friend Zoe Winters if I was an alter ego of HERS. Because, of course, I talk about her often, so I MUST be an alter online ego just for promo.
Seriously, what is UP with this? I’m gonna get a complex! I am ME, darn it.
Yes, I freely admit that I use a pen name, but that doesn’t mean that I have multiple online egos. I don’t have the TIME, even if I had the inclination. Anybody with a brain who’s bothered to actually READ my work, Kerry’s work, and Zoe’s work is an idiot if they think that they were written by the same person. Other than genre, there’s no parallel. I don’t have Kerry’s wit or Zoe’s snark. Our plots aren’t the same.
I don’t understand where people are getting the idea that we’re the same people. Yeah, Zoe and I have swapped little one line blurbs on our Amazon product descriptions, pointing readers to each other. I added Kerry to mine because I also think people who like my book might like hers. They are my friends whom I want to support. Rah rah indie!
Nobody looks at fangirl squee and pimpage about a traditionally published book and thinks “Oh that must be the author under another name.” Why the heck should they think that about indies? Do they think that we’re so desperate to get out there and make a name for ourselves that we’re sinking to subterfuge to get our name out there? Are they so threatened by our potential success that they must make up such crazy tales to justify that all three of us are in the top 100 in our categories and climbing the overall ranks in Kindle sales?
So anyway, for all out there, I am me and no one else.