Random Thoughts on Pen Name Bios

I spent part of today loading files to the Nook platform.  This was for books that I’d originally published via D2D but I’d recently updated the covers and figured it was a good opportunity to move them direct to Nook.  (I signed up for an account there sometime in 2015 but hadn’t bothered to list any titles with them until May of this year…)

Anyway. As part of that process, I had to input my author bio for each name.

The most recent one I’ve been using for M.L. Humphrey with respect to my financial advice titles is:

M.L. Humphrey is a former stockbroker with a degree in Economics from Stanford and an MBA from Wharton who believes anyone can learn to manage their finances if given the right tools.

Which is true. I was a registered stockbroker when I was 20 (and then spent close to a decade regulating brokerage firms) and one of my undergrad degrees from Stanford is in Economics and I do have an MBA from Wharton.  All of which are facts that lend credibility to my telling people how to manage their finances.

But of course, that’s not all I am.

My Cassie Leigh bio usually reads something like this:

Cassie Leigh likes to write about the things she knows, which it would seem are online dating, puppies, and cooking for one.

Also true. Those are the things I’ve written about under that pen name.  And they do seem to be the topics that interest me since I’ve chosen to write about them.  And the slightly humorous tone fits the tone of those books, which are all somewhat flippant.

Of course neither bio is completely me and they almost seem contradictory when you put them side-by-side.

You’ll note, too, that the M.L. Humphrey bio doesn’t specify a gender, which means a lot of times reviewers or commenters default to assuming M.L. Humphrey is male even though I never represent myself as male.  (Although I do self-censor my examples sometimes.  So I might refrain from mentioning that I’d crocheted a baby blanket but would freely mention that I’d gone sea kayak fishing.)

Personally, I would never feel comfortable having a bio that wasn’t factual. When people think you’re one thing but then find out your something entirely different it’s a bit of a betrayal.  And you never know which pen name is going to take off to the point that that becomes an issue.

Of course, as I’ve just shown with my two bios up above, a short bio still leaves enough gaps for people to assume something that isn’t true even when all you’ve done is tell them the truth…

It’s all fiction at some level I guess.  We’re always applying our assumptions and defaults to the people we meet and filling in what little we do know about them with all the things we think we know about people like them and it’s so often not true…

Anyway.  My sort of deep thoughts for the day.

 

The First Miss Priss Monday and a Kobo NF Promo

Alright, so who doesn’t need a picture of a cute dog to start off their week?  That’s why I’m going to try to start Miss Priss Mondays where I post a few photos of my pup each Monday. (Pup and I had lunch with my grandma today, which is why this is going up a little later in the day than I’d planned.)

This is her from the very first day she came to live with me after she’d been attacked by my mother’s other dog.  If you look closely you can see the little mark on her nose where he bit her.  It’s hard to believe she was so small once that she could fit under her water bowl holder.

Miss Priss First Day

She’s grown a bit since then.  Here she is with one of her favorite hedgehog toys.  Doesn’t matter the size, she loves every hedgehog toy I’ve ever given her.

Miss Priss and Her Toys

And, since I have a few books in the promo and they sent me links I can share, Kobo is having a 99 cent non-fiction promotion over the next two weeks that will be running in Canada, the United Kingdom, U.S., Australia, and New Zealand.  (Scroll down to find the 99 cent deals promo section on the page.)Twitter

My writing advice book (The Beginning Writer’s Guide to What You Should Know by M.L. Humphrey) and one of my dating advice books (You Have a Date, Don’t F It Up by Cassie Leigh) are included, so now’s a good time to pick them up if either one sounds interesting.

So Here We Go

This is my new blog to hopefully consolidate my scattered pen names into one place. I’m not sure right now how often I’ll be publishing here, although I think I will aim to post “puppy” photos on Mondays.  (I call my dog a puppy still even though she’s four years old and over a hundred pounds…)

As I mentioned in my about me, I have way too many pen names, which is not a self-publishing strategy I would recommend to anyone because you can’t properly keep up with any of them and it makes it harder to gain momentum.

But it does fit with my overall personality.  (I triple-majored in college because everything seemed interesting to me and I didn’t see why I had to choose even though the last two years of undergrad were probably the hardest years of my life since I was also working full-time, too.)  And even though I know it’s not a winning strategy I don’t see myself changing anytime soon.

So you’ll probably see a mix of life rants, financial advice, writing thoughts and advice, and who knows what else on here.  If I’m really good about it those will be consistent enough you can count on finding something here a couple times a week.  Let’s say Mondays for puppy photos, Wednesdays for random deep thoughts, and Fridays for something AMS-related for now and see how it goes from there?

Sure, why not.