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Why the Name Change?

At church Sunday morning I caught the eye of Bea—a lady who bought my Young Adult novel, Until I’m Safe. Even across the church as we rushed to hug each other, she mouthed “I loved it!” As the author I basked in the praise for my efforts to portray a hard-of-hearing young woman in the midst of not only a natural crisis—Hurricane Katrina—but a personal one as well.

Bea had two questions for me: When will you write a sequel?

I do plan to write a sequel but not just yet. I am preparing to write another YA novel in November in the national writing movement called National Novel Writing Month. (Check out http://JanieCarver2011.wordpress.com this week for more on that).

Her second question was: Why did you write this novel under a different name? (I wrote it under the pen name, Jane Grace.)

I explained that many authors use different names if they write for both adults and young adults. I write adult romance, mystery and sci-fi under the name Jane Carver, but write fiction for younger readers under the name Jane Grace. Authors don’t want younger readers aware of websites for older readers.

Bea thought it over and agreed that was an excellent reason. But as she left my side, she reminded me, “I can’t wait for that sequel!” What a delightful challenge!


–Fire and Ice YA is an imprint of Melange-books.com–