Wow. This is my third review of one of Yari Garcia’s posts. Since I have never reviewed anybody’s writings more than once, she easily qualifies as one of my most favorites writers. There is a strange positive aura around her words.
However, today she wrote something on a topic with which I totally disagree, from top to bottom. Let’s see her words (in quoted form first);
1. To keep genres separate
Usually, if you like books by Stephen King, you generally enjoy horror. If you like books by Asimov, you’re probably into sci-fi. Usually, authors become prolific in one genre, and stick to it.
Having a name for each genre lets the readers know what to expect. It’s like your name becomes synonymous with that genre.
For instance, when you think “Nora Roberts,” you think romance 💕 Guess she thought so too, because she writes futuristic suspense under the name JD Robb.
Yari, herself writes on different topics but under the same name. And I like reading her nonetheless. I’d still read horror stories even written by “Yari The Terrible”. Or all those romantic ones by her pseudonym “Yari Love”. Separating her identity through many pen names, she is only trying to confuse me as a reader to identify my favorite writer.
2. For Creative Freedom
If you want to experiment with writing risky fiction– gruesome horror, explicit erotica, twisted crimes– you might feel more freedom to get creative with a pseudonym.
Having a pen name allows you to explore creative writing while remaining personally detached.
It’s this detachment that will give you the freedom to try something new. Because, if it doesn’t work, you can just drop the name and the experiment and keep going.
Every single word that comes out of a writer’s pen is an experiment in itself. Once written, it can’t be unwritten, reversed or become unpublished after the fact. Experiment going right or wrong should have no impact on the writer. Rather, if we can see a budding writer with usual (and obvious) initial mistakes, that is actually a more learning experience not only for the writer but for the readers as well. One can easily track their progress from infancy to the expert writers they are today.
3. To Match Name to Genre
Would you read a cozy Christian romance by Cyborg Lucifer X? Hahaha Okay, maybe. But it does seem kind of jarring, huh?
Books with author names that match the genre tend to be memorable, and sound very cohesive.
Take author Bella Forrest, who writes about vampires, and coincidentally, the protagonist of Twilight (a vampire book) was named Bella. Our minds make subconscious (maybe even conscious) connections, and it’s kind of cool.
Maybe that applies to others but to me, it has had rather confusing impact. I like the familiar author name, irrespective of the genre, subject, topic, etc they are writing about. He or she is my favorite writer that I can easily identify via a familiar name.
4. To Protect Your Privacy
Have you ever had a stalker? I have, and it sucks so much. Privacy is important for people for different reasons. Maybe they have a stalker, maybe they just don’t want to be famous, maybe they don’t like to be in the spotlight.
A pseudonym helps protect your real identity.
In this day and age, some people tell Facebook eeeeverything. But, for some authors, privacy matters.
That’s totally personal choice to be private and confidential. The problem here I see is that through every single word, I’m seeing, feeling and reading every single bit of his/her spirit/soul but can’t see, meet or find real name of my favorite anonymous author. Now, that’s a torture for their fans. Or maybe I’m different than others. The reason I don’t read any anonymous writers (no matter how awesome they are) is exactly what I described. I wear my heart on sleeves for such great writers.
After I enjoy any of their fiction or non-fiction work, I want to get to know them via their auto-biographies. What inspired that raw spirit through those words? Who, what, where, how and why is he or she? And since I love words, any words without face, I feel pity about them. Feeling sorry about them as if they are orphaned by their own writer’s choice to be anonymous. How sad!
5. To Be Easier to Find/Remember
If I quickly tell you about a book, which name do you think you’ll remember better and search for later: Marie Lu or Quvenzhané Coster-Waldau Ejiofor? Okay, I made that last one up, but you get my point.
If your name is difficult to spell, pronounce, or remember, a pseudonym might help you out.
The example she gave here, I’d remember that writer as ML or QCWE or just Marie. Who wants or can remember anybody’s full name, including first, middle, last, surname, etc.?
And lastly, she says;
Yari is not my real name, but it is my nickname. My full name is full of Z’s and Y’s and U’s. It’s weird. I barely know how to pronounce it myself. So, Yari Garcia it is 😉
Oh well. She almost broke my heart by saying that. Probably I missed that part in her “About” section on her blog. But wait! She says in there (in her About section) that she is real person. But here, she discloses herself being anonymous, and carrying a pen name.
That fact alone about her will have me unfollow her blog. Even though I’m a mere one follower out of thousands, if not millions of her followers and fans. But as a principal (of mine), I don’t read or follow any anonymous blog. Until I find her real name, with real self out there somewhere with the same awesome words, I think this is the last time I’d read or write about her.
Signing off with a heavy heart.