“What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Over the weekend I spent some time changing my name on all my social media platforms.
Some people asked, 'why?'
There are numerous reasons writers choose to use pen names, or pseudonyms - some reasons can be found HERE
My aim as a writer now, is to write psychological thriller/crime novels. In the past I have written short stories under Samantha Bacchus - and these have been a different style and genre, aiming for the Women's magazines. I've also self-published my own collection of short stories for the same market. This is a reason some authors decide a pen name is best, because they write in differing genres.
I love my name, don't get me wrong. What's not to love about having the God of wine as my surname? But is it a name that can be spelt and pronounced wrongly?
Every day I get phone calls for Mrs Batch-us as well as weird and wonderful variations of spelling on letters: Bachus, Backus, Bachous. Etc, etc.
Now, I'm not saying that by using my maiden name: Carrington, that there will be no spelling errors! I'm sure there will be. But, less so I hope. And going back to my old name will be a fitting tribute to my late parents.
When future readers search my name, I'm hoping Carrington will be easier to find!
And yes, for those of you of a certain age - I did get a lot of Dynasty-related jokes when I was at school, and the sound of the theme tune seemed to follow me around.
It still resides in my head...
Anyway, my reinvention has begun. Or rather, I've gone back to who I was. This time travelling lark can be quite fun - I feel younger already!