Friday, May 20, 2011
Regardless of how much I whine, I feel like I'm making positive strides in my career. I'm getting closer to... something. And as I get closer to having to make decisions that I'm stuck with, like the name I'm using to write, the more I question the choices I've made.
I chose Alexandra Frost as my pen name waaaaay back in 2005. I'd always liked the name Alexandra. My mom had actually intended to name me that but they gave cesarean mothers a lot more morophine back then and for whatever reason, that's not what happened. Frost was just a name that sounded good with it. So I went with it.
The Mavens had always told us if we pick a pen name we should use our real first name. That no matter what your last name is, when someone yells "Bob" and that's really your name, there's less confusion. The problem... I hate my name. I've never really cared for it at all. It probably suits me, but the sound of it grates on my soul like listening to my own voice on a recording. Bleh. So I'd deliberately picked something different.
I'm questioning it now. Now the name sounds too cheesy. I can't say it without making a face. I just read a blog by Angela James with Carina Press and that's one of her points on picking a different name (so, also, is sounding like a porn star). So Alexandra Frost has to go. I started brainstorming. Came up with several options, although usually when I Googled them, I found they were strippers or had murdered their children (crossed off the list). Then I uncovered a NYT bestseller named Andrea Kane, so that eliminated any rhyming names (I kept Lane). And I narrowed it down to about 7. On Facebook, I posted a question and asked people to vote on what name they liked the best.
I decided I really liked Andrea Bennett and so did everyone else. Changed all my stuff to say it. Then realized if I sell to Desire, they have someone with that last name. I don't care, but I don't get to decide necessarily. So, if that's a problem, I have to pick something else. Back to square one.
I tried a Quibblo quiz but it wouldn't work. So, vote in the comments for your favorite!
- Andrea Bennett
- Andrea Wilde
- Andrea Lane
- Andrea Laurenti
- Andrea Lawrence
- Andrea Frost
- Andrea Winters
- Keep Alexandra Frost
Don't like any of these? Suggest a different one! I could use some suggestions in case what I pick doesn't pan out. How do you feel about your name? Love it or hate it? Sometimes I wonder what our parents are thinking...