(Disclaimer: I wrote this several weeks ago, so while my thoughts still apply, my main point may seem a little behind the times.)
If you haven’t already heard, Katie Finn is Morgan Matson and she is the reason for today’s Coffee Talk.
I, for one, am not crazy about all these authors using different names. If I like your books, I want to be able to find more of your books. This is quite a departure from Second Chance Summer, Since You’ve Been Gone, and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, so I can’t help but think authors are trying to keep their fans from their work, especially if some of it might be deemed inferior.
When I don’t like it: It makes a little bit of sense to me when the author goes the NA route, like Diana Peterfreund or Veronica Rossi (for example) have done. I appreciate that they made big announcements saying they were publishing books under other names so the information was accessible. Not like with Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things To Mend where it was like a big guessing game until you went to Katie Finn’s goodreads page or website and it was obviously a picture of Morgan Matson. She has written several books under that name that I’ve never heard of, and now I have no inclination to read them because of my feelings towards Broken Hearts.
Another, and perhaps most recognizable, example is Jennifer Armentrout, or J. Lynn, Jennifer L. Armentrout, or whatever other combination of names she writes under. She puts her full name WITH the alias, so I’m extremely perplexed as to WHAT IS EVEN THE POINT of that. I’ve read one of her books and I didn’t much care for it so I would not be interested in reading her other books under her other names – even the much fawned over Lux series.
The Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant Conundrum: Because I’m only familiar with the Mira Grant titles, I have no desire to read Seanan McGuire’s work under that name because there’s got to be a reason to keep the work separate right? Even if it’s well known that they’re the same person, I feel like it’s taking too big a chance. If they all the work was similar in scope and style and terrificness (I LOOOOVED Newsflesh series and tore through last years Parasite), they would all be under the same name.
I mean, if Neil Gaiman started producing works under an alias, I would still read the crap out of them. As it is, he writes adult books, graphic novels, middle grade, AND children’s books all under one name. It’s name that carries more weight in the publishing world than others mentioned, but it’s easy to find – if not easy to sort through such a collection.
I’m interested in what other people think about this. What do you like or dislike about authors using multiple names? Would an alias stop you from reading your favorite author?