Sunday, February 24, 2008
So, here are the responses I received in randomised order. :) The sample is a little small to provide a lot of information but I hope this is still of interest....
Is anyone out there currently deciding on their pen name? Feel free to send me your options or a descrition of your genre and branding goals. Then I can post it for suggestions. :)
* Bird like. Probably writes romances
* I’d never be able to spell the first name correctly. “Sparrow” sounds made up.
Makes me think of Jack Sparrow. I have seen the name but though it was 'Angela' until now.
* Obviously I am thinking of a sparrow. IMO the surname is rather ridiculous. I also keep reading Angelina instead of Angelia. I've seen her name on EC's website. I am not overly interested in what EC publishes nowadays, but frankly, the name alone is off-putting, but I am kind of touchy where, errrm, exotic pen names are concerned.
* I think to a bird. But I also know that Angelia is the real name of this author, not a pen name
* Inspirational romance author from Scotland/Ireland - the "sparrow" does that to me.
* Hard to spell the last name
* Spanish sounding name. Strong. Bold.
* Her name does ring a bell, but I couldn't say what kind of fiction she writes. Erotic romance or not? Absolutely no idea. The surname sounds Spanish, and makes me think of the Spanish region Castile. As I have never been to Spain and otherwise have no connection with this country I feel rather indifferent to this name.
* I think at History. Castilleja makes me think to Royal Spain.
Nothing in particular.
* She's a real stinker. Have to keep your cookies close when she's in the room. LOL
* Has an exotic, mythological ring
* I remember, I read the very first book AD brought out with Loose-Id. I tried to research her online and found tons of information about KIRK DOUGLAS's wife. I gave up after ten minutes (back then she did have a blog, I think, but it better guarded, apparently, than Fort Knox. I haven't read anything besides the first book as the one story I did read was rather lacking in depth, IMO.
* Easy and believable. It sticks with me.
* Scottish. Sweeping romances. Epic.
* Nothing special, maybe to Scotland.
* There is a very active erotic author called Anne Douglas back in those days who wrote outright erotica/smut for ASSTR and other online smutty lists. I thought this is the same Anne Douglas until she corrected me, lol.
* Never heard of but I know of an Ashton Lane with lovely pubs *g*.
* Sci-fi. Snarky (Only because I've read a couple worst. cover. ever. posts).
* Mystery/thriller author. These authors used to have their initials on their covers, no?
* I hope her middle name doesn’t start with a ‘K.’ Sounds fake, but I’m willing to play along.
* She's an EC author IIRC, but I've never read her. As far as her pen name goes I have relatively few connotations. Sure, I might think of a king, but not much else.
* Yay for alliteration!
* It seems an old English name.
* Inspirational romance author. There is something about "Kingston" that has me thinking of Biblical things.
* She publishes with Loose-Id, at least the one and only book I read by her came from this pub. The book was ok, quite entertaining nothing outstanding so I didn't search for more of her pieces. As far as pen names go, this one is definitely on the positive side. It has a nice round sound to it and good fluency.
* Love her sex scenes, they seem very masculine
* Ordinary. Feels like her real name.
* It's a good name, sounds simple.
* Nothing in particular. Quite an ordinary name.
*Duhh. Absolutely nothing comes to my mind. Never heard of him/her/it, and no associations.
* Nothing special.
* Mystery/thriller. See: SB Ashton.
* My first connotation is that she must write categories. Maura sounds kind of old-fashioned. I picture a grey haired lady with glasses, vividly typing away on an old typewriter. But actually I have no idea what she really does write *g*.
* Irish sounding. Makes me think of mysteries
* Maura is the name of a friend of mine, so I think to her...
* Nothing in particular. Ordinary name, bordering almost on forgettable.
* She writes gay fiction and romance. I wanted to try her out but somehow not one of the plots I researched from her books appealed. Her website could need some work. The pen name is ok, though nothing that really stays in mind.
* To a snake... for the sound of the surname, snake... snyder...
* Pseudonym for gay smut author. Did I win a prize?
* This is an author I'm with on Bookwormbags, but haven't a clue what they write. How sad is that? And I'm not going to cheat and look at the bookmarks she just emailed to me either.
* I like the ring of this author's name, and I don't even mind that le Noël (French for Christmas) comes to my mind. However, Jill Noelle wrote a book which was, roughly five years ago, my first erotic historical and I have to say that I've never come upon such a unsympathetic and betimes even vicious hero. I have been reading erotic romances for quite a long time, maybe that's the reason why I have become so picky. Whereas in the early days nearly every erotic romance was to my taste, nowadays it's exactly the other way around. I also think of Noelle's upcoming publishing venture when I hear of her. I know there has to be a market for everything, however I personally belonged to those who felt grossed out and repulsed by her "boundary pushing" request for stories.
* Poetry or straight sex author
* Hard to spell. If she simplified it, I’d think it was great: memorable, yet simple
* To Christmas, jingle bells... jill, noelle... noel
* Inspirational/Harlequin Presents author. "Noelle" does that to me.
* This is really the only name I recognize, and I'm almost positive she's an erotic author, but I could be wrong.