I was talking with one of my agents (the *not-so-warm-and-fuzzy* one) about writer names. To this point, I’ve been lucky to use names of my own, not that Hunter was mine from birth, but I was lucky enough to marry into it. And not that my family name is awful, but it is odd. There are 50,000 people with my family name in the US and only half of us pronounce it correctly. Prater, with a long A. Not a short A, all nasally. I was definitely not going to write with a potentially-nasally name. *Shudders.*
I wanted to start my career with Faith Hunter, but it sounded soooo made up. A mystery / thriller / blood-guts-and-gore writer named Faith Hunter? (Sounds of *not-so-warm-and-fuzzy* agent blowing a raspberry.)
Even more difficult, however, was the choice of a name for my fantasy writing. I mean, come on, a fantasy writer with the name of Faith Hunter? One who writes about a world with winged, *holy* beings of immeasurable power? Like in the Bible? Faith? Hunter? How hokey is that? But I liked it. It was mine, by a twist of fate and romance. I had to push the idea, but I got my wish on that one.
Others in this group have great writer names. Catie went with C.E., David went with … David. Misty Massey’s name sounds made up but it’s really hers, also with the benefit of fate and romance. (Waves at Philip McAvery, Rogue About Town and mind-blowing poet.) Just curious, but – any reason why each of you chose to write with the name you did? Did you consider another? Are you happy with your choice? I have writer friends with several names, for privacy’s sake.
Now, however, it is time to change my mystery writing career around a bit, take it in a new direction, and give it a kick in the butt. I am liking the idea, let me tell you. A new name with pizzazz, a different slant on the writing, maybe a sports, outdoors series, or a belly-dancing sleuth. Or something. And that means a new name. One that carries the feeling of the writing in it. Like, if I was doing a series set on the high seas, I’d be Davie Yada Yada Jones. Or writing about a belly dancing sleuth, I’d be Valletta or Sapphire or Yasmine, with a character named something equally exotic.
So, any ideas guys? I’m leaning for the outdoors stuff. Multiple third person POV, with both the male and female lead characters having their POV used. I’d start with a kayaking story, natch, and then move to hiking or horseback trail-riding into the wilderness. What kinda a name? I’m open to ideas…