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What's it like to write using different pen names?
By Jennifer Apodaca
Last Valentine’s Day, my husband and I walked into a nice restaurant ready to have a great dinner together. The hostess smiled her welcome and asked what name the reservation was under.
Since I’d made the reservation, I answered, “It’s under Jennifer…” I trailed off unable to remember which name I’d used to make the reservation, Apodaca or Lyon.
My husband helped by breaking out into laughter. Once he recovered, he grinned at me and said, “Try Apodaca. You know the name I gave you when I put that ring on your finger and knew then that the rest of my life would be anything but boring.”
For the rest of the evening, he kept asking me which woman he was with; his wife, Jen Apodaca or his girlfriend, Jen Lyon.
And that’s what it’s like to write two series under two different names. It’s two times the work in maintaining two social media presences, including having two domain names for my websites and maintaining two Facebook Fan pages. For Twitter, I just use one account and label it Jennifer Lyon/Apodaca and no one seems to have trouble figuring it out.
So why am I doing it if it’s more work? That’s an easy answer: It’s out of respect for my readers. My Apodaca books are romantic and sexy, maybe even steamy. But my Lyon books are edgier and grittier. Readers have the right to choose what they wish to read. Many of my readers cross over between both names; some prefer one or the other. Using two different names just means I respect their choices and try to keep the two voices separate.
If you like sexy romances, hunky Marine heroes, and a compelling love story with a happily-ever-after, I hope you’ll give THE BABY BARGAIN by Jennifer Apodaca a try!
Now I just have to decide who I’ll be for my husband tonight; his wife, Jennifer Apodaca, or his girlfriend, Jennifer Lyon? Okay, maybe two names are twice the work, but I’m also having twice the fun!
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