Ginny Brattle isn’t my real name, and I don’t even like it.
How am I supposed to pick a pen name?
Why is this even on the top of my mind?
I hate my real name, too, to be fair.
Ingrid, Ingrid Peterson? I.P. Introvert Playground. Intellectual Property.
I.P. I pee. Nope. Or yep. Whatever.
Ginny Brattle, bah. Reeks of youth.
I want my author persona to be one of mystery and age, like red wine and balconies, not one of a whining teenaged poet.
Brattle. After the Brattle Book Store, which I’ve gone to a handful of times.
Creating a Persona. A Star is Born. If everyone knows I’m fabricated, does it mean I’m even fabricated? Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm). Ginny Brattle (born Ingrid Peterson).
What is your mother’s maiden name?
Answer: I don’t know.
And why a pen name, you ask? Because my book is bathed in controversy before it even hits paper. It’ll be judged and hanged before it’s even read. Mothers and teachers and “the man” will condemn it.
That is, if anyone even hears of it.
Am I damned to be a nobody? Will no one even know my pen name, never mind my “maiden name?”
My worst fear is not never being published, it is being published and selling 43 copies, mainly to family and friends.