Malia Sutton

How Do You Feel About M/M Authors Using Different Names in M/M?

How Do You Feel About M/M Authors Using Different Names in M/M?

It’s been a longtime standard that when a writer ventures away from his or her own genre he/she often takes on a pen name. It’s done for many reasons, two of which are to keep established readers from getting confused and to introduce new readers to an author’s work without bias. In other words, JK Rowling recently used a pen name for a book she wrote in a different genre because she’s so well known for the Harry Potter series. However, when that pen name was disclosed there were quite a few mixed reactions.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ve written several books with pen names because I was venturing outside of my genre. One was titled “Loving Daylight,” a hetero pg-rated romance that was part of a Home Shopping Network collection where I was paid a flat fee up front. I never promoted the book much because of the fact that I made the flat fee and I wasn’t counting on sales, and it’s still up on Amazon lingering in the middle of nowhere. Oddly, it’s one of my own favorite books that I’ve written. And, one of the few where I actually own a print copy.

I also wrote two gay erotic romance mystery/suspense novels, here and here, and used a pen name for that, too…Dale Bishop. In this case, because they were gay themed books, even though they were mystery/suspense I felt very uncomfortable using the pen name because I write so much in the gay romance genre, and gay erotica genre. It felt sneaky and shady and sleazy to take on a whole new persona and go out there and actively promote these books on social media as Dale Bishop. So at the time I wound up not promoting those books at all and they have also been lingering in Amazon nowhere land for a long time. And, once again, I loved writing these books and I think they were some of the sexiest pieces I’ve ever done.

What prompted me to write this post was a link I found where a few established m/m romance authors were speaking in a video for a few minutes. It wasn’t anything long, but it was long enough to make me wonder when they clearly and proudly introduced themselves, on camera, as completely different people. I had to go back and watch again to be certain I hadn’t missed anything. And when I saw that I was, indeed, correct I did a quick search to see if I could find an explanation. Evidently, these established m/m authors are now writing YA m/m. I guess that’s considered a different genre in m/m. I’m not that familiar with m/m to really know.

I just thought it was interesting to see authors go on camera and actually introduce himself and herself as completely different people than what we’ve always known them to be. I can’t even describe it well in this post because I’ve never seen it done before. JK Rowling didn’t do that with her pen name. She worked hard to keep it a secret until someone with a huge mouth outed her. She actually filed suit and won…the money went to charity. But more important, she really was reaching out to a new audience in a completely different genre, not a related genre or sub-genre of Harry Potter.

Rowling sued Chris Gossage, a partner at her former law firm, Russells, and his friend, Judith Callegari. Gossage had revealed to Callegari that Rowling was the real author of The Cuckoo’s Calling, which she wrote under the pen name Robert Galbraith. Callegari then passed the information on to a Sunday Times columnist via Twitter, leading the newspaper to investigate, and eventually confirm and publish, Rowling’s true identity.

Rowling made a gracious statement about it.

“I always knew that if and when I was discovered I would ask for my royalties to be paid to ABF The Soldier’s Charity,” Rowling said in a statement. “This is partly as a thank you to the people who helped with research, but also because researching and writing the character of [detective Cormoran] Strike has given me an even greater appreciation and understanding of exactly how much this charity does for serving soldiers, ex-servicemen and their families, and how much that support is needed.”

I have seen authors who use pen names introduce themselves with their known identity and then explain they are writing with a pen name for various reasons. And those reasons are usually valid, just like Rowling’s reasons. I’ve seen it in bios and I’ve seen it in articles about the writer, but always with an explanation. I just never saw it done on camera, and without an explanation, and it took me by surprise. I think I even blinked a few times. And now I’m wondering how readers feel about this. I’m guessing it’s okay? If I were to go on camera (or use a photo with my image) and introduce myself as Dale Bishop without an explanation you guys wouldn’t mind?

But I’m still debating on whether or not to change my bio and add the pen names. At the time, I felt like I was doing something underhanded by writing as Dale Bishop with the Manhandled series because it was gay themed, and yet at the same time mystery/suspense. I guess I was just being too careful? Notice the questions marks I keep using. I’m still not sure yet. And I’d really love to know what readers think. Feel free to e-mail me in private… rfieldj@aol.com 

LOVING DAYLIGHT from the "Escape with Romance Collection" on HSN is on Sale

A quick post about LOVING DAYLIGHT, by Malia Sutton. This isn’t just another ordinary romance about vampires. It has a strong male/male subplot for people who like reading m/m fiction, it’s set in one of my favorite places in the world, Mt. Desert Island, Maine, and it’s filled with love and romance all the way around.

And right now, as a special offer, it’s being sold as an e-book for only 99 cents over at ravenousromance.com. http://www.ravenousromance.com/fantastica/loving-daylight.php?keyword=loving+daylight

This book, in print, has been a best seller as part of the “Escape with Romance Collection” on The Home Shopping Network. And it’s being sold separately now as an e-book at ravenous, or on amazon.com as a print book.

A Shout 4 Malia Sutton: Four Cup Review from Coffee Time Romance

I gave my blogging buddy, Ryan, a shout earlier today. And now I’m giving one to another writer friend, Malia Sutton, who wrote a wonderful pg rated vampire romance, with a sub-plot that includes two socially responsible, well written, gay characters.

Her book just received a fantastic four cup review from Coffee Time Romance, which is a well known romance book review site. Here’s the link, http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/lovingdaylight.html

Malia’s book can be purchased in print edition on Amazon.com and as the Escape with Romance Collection on HSN.com. And it can also be purchased on most well known site where e-books are sold, including allromanceebooks.com and ravenousromance.com.

Ravenous Romance and HSN.com Escape to Romance Collection

Yesterday I finally got a chance to actually see the printed books in the Ravenous Romance Escape to Romance Collection that is being sold in HSN.com. I’d read the ebook from my blogging buddy, Malia Sutton, titled LOVING DAYLIGHT, but I hadn’t read any of the other books in the collection.

I suspected they were all good books, but frankly, I had no idea that they were all fantastic books. I’m not just saying this either. If I didn’t like them, I wouldn’t be saying anything. I’ve been in plenty of short story collections over the years by traditional publishers and I haven’t always loved the finished books. Most of the time, I just don’t like the way the books were edited. So I just sit back and keep my mouth shut.

But this Escape to Romance Collection is absolutely wonderful. I’m a “first page believer.” In other words, I always know by the first page if a book is going to be something I want to continue reading. I base this just on the writing alone. And in this collection, every first page was just as good as the other.
And, in LOVING DAYLIGHT, there is something for dedicated LGBT readers, too. There are two gay male characters in the book that crossover into the mainstream very well. And I like to see this.

HSN Update, Ravenousromance.com and Malia Sutton

The HSN segments for ravenous romance aired on Monday and Tuesday. Holly Schmidt, one of the partners, did a great job on television and she looked wonderful. I know that Lori Perkins was working backstage and she worked hard helping Holly prepare for the segments.

My blogging buddy, Malia Sutton, author of LOVING DAYLIGHT, was thrilled. LOVING DAYLIGHT sold more copies than she’d ever imagined it would sell this soon, and she’s still basking in the glory of getting national exposure on television. Bloggers have started contacting her for interviews and fans have already started writing to her. Malia’s book was one of the few on ravenous that wasn’t edited for television. Her book was originally written as a very tame, PG rated romance, without explicit sex scenes or foul language. It was about love and happiness, and finding true love within, and, with someone else at the same time. And, there were strong gay characters to offset the main plot.

I’d like to congratulate Malia and everyone else who was part of the project. It was a huge national boost for all the writers at ravenousromance.com, and all the hard work they’ve been doing for the past year.

Ravenous Romance Books on The Home Shopping Network…

This morning it was officially announced that ravenous romance will be selling books on The Home Shopping Network. This is huge. This is big doings for everyone involved with ravenousromance.com. And a great deal of hard work has gone into putting all this together. I know this for a fact.

Ravenousromance.com is a great friend of the romance community and the LGBT community. It’s not just about book sales and making money. The owners of the company have given me a great deal of freedom to publish books with LGBT characters and storylines that very few traditional publishers would have given to me.

I’m not sure about all of the books being sold on HSN, but I do know that a good blogging buddy of mine, Malia Sutton, has a vampire romance in the paranormal group. It’s not a total LGBT book, but there are strong gay characters that were written in a very positive manner.

Here’s the link to Lori Perkins’ blog with more information about the official announcement, http://ravenousromance.blogspot.com/ And here’s a link to Malia Sutton’s blog if you’re interested in purchasing a great vamp novel with strong gay characters, http://maliasutton.blogspot.com/ The times the books will be showcased on HSN are below:

Monday
8:35-8:55 AM
4:35-4:55 PM

Tuesday
3:00-3:20 AM

Ravenous Romance is Evolving…LGBT Characters in a PG rated Vampire Book

I was recently excited to see that ravenousromance.com is also beginning to publish a few PG rated romances as well as erotic romances. The site is evolving, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. One of the newest books is titled, LOVING DAYLIGHT. This is Malia Sutton’s first PG rated vampire love story on the ravenous web site. And though this isn’t a total LGBT book, there are two interesting gay characters in the story who evolve very nicely…I thought.
If you’re looking for serious erotica, or erotic romance, this probably isn’t the book for you. But if you’re looking for a romantic vampire love story that you can read at work, or leave out on your coffee table when kids are around, you won’t be disappointed with this one.