I’m trying to decide whether or not to use pen names. This has come up a few times. Now, it’s not like I want to use a pen name to hide who I am or anything, but I write a bunch of genre’s and I don’t want to confuse people. Some stuff, probably not that big a deal. If you are looking for fantasy and I write Science Fiction, well, the crossover between the genre’s is pretty well established and widespread. Most fans of one also read the other. If on the other hand, I write a piece of literary fiction, well, the audience for that might not get the joke if they try to read “Almost Like Wearing Nothing at All”.
My zombie stuff is probably a bigger problem. It’s graphic and violent, extremely violent. Someone who likes “The Chosen Pigherder” might have issues with the rates of abuse and violence towards say Mona in the book.
So, I’m trying to decide if I should release under a bunch of different names. The downside is that it looks to anyone following me as if I’m releasing a lot less fiction than I am, but on the other hand it does reduce the odds of people getting books they don’t like.
I would love some feedback on this… help please?