by Lynn Winchester
When an author chooses their pen name it can be something as simple as their real name, or a reversal of a few letters, or their maiden name. In some cases, like mine, authors use several pen names, all with different meanings and connections to their real name.
My real name, which I will not share for privacy reasons, isn’t a common name. I spent years of my life correcting people who pronounced it wrong, so when it came to choosing a pen name for my very first genre, I went with an amalgamation of my real name and my father’s name.
My first book, The Diva and the Duke, was a time travel paranormal romance published under Jackson D’Lynne. I will write all of my paranormal romances as Jackson. As a matter of fact, look for new paranormal romances from Jackson in 2017.
For my sweet historical romances, like The Shepherd’s Daughter, I chose to write under Lynn Winchester. This name is a combination of one of my real names and the last name of my favorite demon hunting brothers. I am a Supernatural fan through and through, and this was my way of connecting with my boys in some way. Also, the name Winchester (like the rifle & Mystery House) is well-known in historical western fiction circles.
Not only do I write paranormal romance and sweet historical romance, I also write YA Sci-Fi & Thrillers as DJ Sorber. My debut as DJ is set for early 2017 with the first book in my new apocalyptic Daughters of Heaven series: The Megidda: First Daughter of Heaven.
So, why all the different pseudonyms? Well, consider this: if Stephen King started writing erotic romance, would anyone who read his thrillers and horrors want to pick up a copy? Probably. But what about the people who aren’t Stephen King fans? Would they want to pick up an erotic romance written by a guy whose horror work scares the crap out of them? No. Probably not. His name is synonymous with the horror genre. If he wanted to write erotic romance, he’d have to write under a different name to give himself a clean slate with readers. He’d be new to the genre, but he wouldn’t be turning off readers who only know the King name and think of killer clowns.
That’s why I write with different pen names. People know Jackson D’Lynne as the author who pens steamy paranormal romances with open door sex scenes and bad language. Would people who like sweet romance see that name and want to buy my presumably clean romance? No. The sweet book by Jackson wouldn’t even be on their radar because previous Jackson books haven’t been sweet.
Same goes for my YA books. People know Jackson as the adult romance author and Lynn as the sweet romance author, so writing YA sci-fi and thrillers with romance pen names would make readers think my YAs are romantic in nature. That is not the case.
Basically, the chance in the pen names is about public/reader perceptions. You want to make sure that readers across all genres are given a fair chance to read and enjoy your book, simply for the book’s sake, not based on preconceived notions about your other books.
When Lynn isn't writing sweet historical romances, she is writing spicy paranormal romance as Jackson D’Lynne, and YA Sci-Fi/Thrillers as DJ Sorber. When is isn’t writing at all, she is running a successful editing business, reading whatever she can get her hands on, raising her four children, making sure her husband is happy, and binge watching shows on Netflix.
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Lynn's Newest Release: The Shepherd's Daughter
From author Jackson d'Lynne writing as Lynn Winchester, a sweet and romantic western sure to warm your heart!
Ray MacAdams and Billy Ducharme have been best friends since her family moved to his ranch fourteen years ago to start a new sheep ranching operation.
Through thick and thin, good and bad, fire and rain, their friendship has only gotten stronger—so strong that nothing could possibly break their bond, a bond that for Ray has suddenly changed from simply friends to something deeper… Something that makes her dream of days and nights beside the man she loves, something that makes her wish she were more than just the shepherd’s daughter.
Then Billy’s mail order bride arrives.
Rebecca DuCastille is everything Ray is not: refined, well-mannered, and pretty as a porcelain tea cup. How can Ray possibly compete for Billy’s heart when his new bride is everything he could want in a proper wife?
Can the shepherd’s daughter convince her childhood friend that their love for one another goes beyond friendship, or will Billy marry the pretty interloper and leave Ray out to pasture?
Available Here: Amazon