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Pseudonym- for real?

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The top three questions I’ve been asked since releasing my book are:

  1. How long did it take you to finish the book?
  2. What made you want to write a book?
  3. Who the heck is Katie Thayne, and why didn’t you use your real name as the author?

The answer to question one is; forever, and I’m not sure it will ever be completely finished in my mind. I’m not going to be truthful if I answer number two, so let’s skip to question number three.

Why I released my book under a pen name? I had a few reasons.  And no, the thought I’d be so famous I’d need anonymity wasn’t one of them. Katie Thayne was the original name of the heroine in Miss Impractical Pants. After years of being in her head, or vice versa, I kind of became attached to the ‘ol gal. I wanted to keep her around. I know how that sounds—creeeepy. Can we say Sybil?—but it’s not like that (we…I mean, I think).

It’s more like this, one day, when I become independently wealthy or unemployed—either one ought to give me plenty of spare time, I plan to turn all the random plot summaries sloshing around in my brain into real books. They won’t all be in the same vein as the light-hearted Miss Impractical Pants.  I many decide to publish different genres, under different pen names.

The biggest reason, however, for my taking on a second identity was pure cowardliness.  What if, after spending years of my life and my savings account getting this book published, it turns out to be a huge flop?  How bad would that suck?  What if someone doesn’t appreciate my irreverent sense of humor, and decides to tell me off? Katie Thayne can handle scorn and public humiliation much better than I can.  Granted, it’s a moot point now, since I posted on Facebook to check out my new book, so at least three hundred and sixty four people know my real identity.

In hindsight, after working with a writing coach, editor, and writing group—talk about brutal honesty—my skin is thick enough, I could have authored under my real name without risk of emotional harm. Especially, since I’ve been getting really positive feedback about the book (Yay!).  But as I said, I’ve become attached to Katie Thayne, so I think I’ll stick with her for book or two longer.

Aside

Katie Sutherland has a plan—an Amazing Plan—and no sweatpants-wearing cheapskate pervert (or any other string of adjectives describing the list of men who have been on her dating docket) is going to keep her from accomplishing it. When Jared Stone comes to town in all his beef-cakey SWAT-man glory, everyone is convinced he’s The One for Katie. Everyone but Katie. So, when Katie is offered an internship in England working for entrepreneur—make that, hot entrepreneur, Lucas Hayden, she jumps at the opportunity to get far away from the unwelcome romantic pressure. If Katie thought living in England was going to be anything like an uneventful BBC special, boy, was she mistaken. When Lucas insists she attend a high-society ball, wearing a borrowed diamond pendant that’s way too big to be real, Katie knows she’s way out of her rugged Colorado element. Not only that, but her borrowed diamond is not only real, but rare, and there’s more than one status-stalker salivating to get their hands around Katie’s neck. Between watching her back, fighting a raging crush for her new employer, and trying to determine if Jared really is The One, Katie doesn’t know how she’ll survive the summer. If she does, it just might mean she’ll have to embrace a change of plan. Even an Amazing One.

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Miss Impractical Pants

Hello world!

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Okay, so here goes my first ever blog as, author, Katie Thayne. And actually my first ever blog as my other, and real self, Jamie Pearce.  Who would have thought one person with two personas could be so behind the times?Though I love to write, I’m not so sure how I’ll take to this blogging stuff.  But here goes nothing.

Ever since I made the big announcement and posted my book, Miss Impractical Pants, on sale through Amazon.com, I’ve been barraged (okay, maybe not exactly barraged) with all kinds of questions.  I figured the best way to get anyone who is craving answers–umm, answers—would be to become a blogger.  That, and I’ve been counseled that all fledgling authors need to become immersed in all this social media business (though I’m digging my heels in when it comes to Twitter-talk about scary!).  I don’t think I’ll ever become immersed, but I’m giving it a shot.

Seeing as how I’m new to being an author and a blogger I’ll do my best to keep all my—what are people who read other people’s blogs called…followers, readers, masochists, saints, or in my case, family—updated on how the whole publishing, and life in general things go for a clueless author.   If nothing else, I’ll do my best to keep you entertained.

‘Til next time followers, readers, masochists, saints, and family,

Katie Thayne

P.S. Did I mention that I’m sans editor for this blogging venture, and that I’m a crap punctuator?  Did you know that punctuator is a word?  Who knew? That’s why writing is so cool; you stumble upon made-up real words all the time!

Katie Thayne