Friends and fans, I need your help.
As you may know, I have written my first novel and am in the process of getting it published. It’s a nostalgic story about love and career set in Boston in 1988. I’m hoping you’ll all read and/or listen to it!
Before we get to that point, have a problem that I need to solve and I’m requesting your assistance.
Here’s a symptom of the problem:
This was uploaded by a listener to Twitter. It’s a screenshot of my bio page on Hoopla (one of the services that lets listeners borrow digital audiobooks from public libraries). The photo is of author Karen White, who writes mysteries and women’s fiction while the words are about me. She I are often mixed up already on Twitter and Facebook. If I publish using the name Karen White, things will only get more confusing.
So, I’m going to change my name.
Just kidding. I’m going to adopt a pseudonym.
Here’s where you come in. Below is a list of names I’m considering. The first two are variations on my name (Mase is my husband’s last name.) The following six are combinations of roles I’ve played in Shakespeare’s plays and places I’ve lived and/or locations in Boston. (One main character in each book is a member of a fictional Shakespeare theater company not at all based on any of the companies I worked with in the 1980s in Boston, of course.)
K. E. White
I’ve checked that none of these names are already in use by other authors – you are welcome to suggest variations if you like but I can only consider them if they aren’t already taken.
In the comments below, please vote for your favorite. Or favorites, if you really can’t choose.
On my birthday, December 31, I will tally up the votes and make a decision. Everyone who has commented will be entered into a random drawing and the winner will get to name one of the characters in the first book – your name or one you make up.
Thanks for your help and Happy Holidays!
Update: K.E. White was a clear winner if I tally up the votes. While you all made some good arguments, pro and con, for choosing a name that connects to Karen White, I think keeping a connection to my real name will be more useful than trying to distance myself from the other author. I will have to figure out how I’ll be addressed when I go on those talk shows, though! 🙂
Thank you to you all for your thoughts and support. I will keep you posted as things develop. Happy New Year!