Whenever my nephew plays a video game and has to choose a name to go by, he picks “Viper”. When he had the opportunity to design a character (I don’t let him play “Dragon Age”, but I do let him design people on there), he chose a butch haircut, a big Tom Selleck moustache, a facial tattoo, and narrow, squinty eyes. When I asked him why he chose all that, he said it was because “Viper looks awesome and dangerous”.
As much as I would also like to be awesome and dangerous, when I go to various websites or set up accounts for Facebook and Twitter, I use my own name. I do that because I want readers to be able to find me. I’m very visible.
I don’t write fake reviews for my books on Amazon, either. For one thing it’s tacky, and for another it would turn out if I did that one day all the anonymous ID’s would glitch (again) and everyone would see how I called Taming an Impossible Rogue “the best romance since Romeo and Juliet, and with a better ending”.
Anyway, the point of this is that the me you see online still isn’t me. It’s Suzanne Enoch, professional person. I behave myself online, both because that’s the way I was raised, and because it could do damage to my reputation if I didn’t. How many times have you seen the “Another Author Behaving Badly” header? Every time I see it, I shudder. But for that delete button and resisting the urge to defend my stories even when somebody says they’re dull or boring, that could be me. Not that anyone has ever said I write boring stories. No. Never.
Are you…you online? Do you participate differently depending on whether you’re using your own name or going by, Viper, say? If you use a pseudonym, how did you choose it? Do you think some people would behave better if there was some way to tell who they really are?
By the way, you can find me on twitter now @suzieenoch , and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SuzanneEnoch . I promise to be polite. Or at least amusing.
Suzanne lives in Southern California with a parakeet, a handful of noisy finches and a lot of fish, which aren't noisy. She writes witty, sexy historical romances, and thinks Robert Downey Jr is hot stuff. Her latest historical romance, "The Handbook to Handling His Lordship", is available now! It just received an awesome Kirkus review, which Suzanne has taped to her front door.
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