Monday, July 3, 2017
I Killed Off A Writer!
No, I've not confused things. I haven't killed off a character. I've choked the life out of a writer. And the writer was me to a degree. My nom de plume.
A pretty name, isn't it? More melodious to the ear than Vonnie Davis. I've always disliked my first name. I get tired of saying, "No, not Bonnie...not Connie...or Lonnie...or Ronnie...and so forth."
But why create another persona after writing eighteen or so books? I've finally amassed a small amount of readers who auto-buy my new releases. Great for me, but not always for them. Sometimes my books are on the edge of being erotic. And my readers aren't happy about that.
So, why not lower the heat level? Sometimes my characters won't allow me. They have their own agenda. I recently wrote an erotic with light-hearted almost humorous elements of BDSM. I'd decided halfway through writing it, the author would be Renae DeVeau. A safe place to put all my erotic stories.
I contracted the book with The Wild Rose Press. Alicia is my editor. We were good with using this new identity.
Then I was asked to write a Kindle Worlds novella for Carly Phillips series, "Dare to Love." I was humbled and excited. It wasn't until after I agreed that I found out the heat level had to be erotic with some BDSM. **head desk** Renae was to publish those kinds of stories. She wasn't wanted. I was.
This releases the 25th of this month.
Then I was asked to be part of a holiday boxed set with Desiree Holt. She wanted nine authors and I was one. How cool was that? Well, we all know Ms Desiree doesn't write "cool." She writes hot erotic. So would I to be included in the set. Not Renae...me.
So, here I was with a website, a facebook page, a twitter account for an author with one freaking book while Vonnie Davis who wrote very spicy reads was now cranking out erotic with spanking--something I'd never allow a man to do to me.
How much sense did it make to have this second identity? Aly and I talked about it and decided to use my real name on Mr. OH, a Dominant and Jazz a reluctant submissive.
I've killed off a writer...me...Renae DeVeau.
Do any of you write under more than one identity? How do you handle it?