Many authors have pen names and I am sure that everyone has their own special reason. I use them for three reasons. One, because I write more than one genre and I don’t want anyone who is a fan of my Contemporary Romance (Kelly Rae) to be offended should they pick up one of my Adult Contemporary Romances (Jocelyn Bell), that includes my dad who only needs to know about the less steamy books! 🙂 Second, I chose to not use my last name, because I didn’t want my ex-husband to get a sliver of credit for my words, my work. It sounds less rational as I write it down, but it’s the truth! I wanted my novels to be all mine, and the only two names that are all mine are my first and middle. So, Kelly Rae was the clear choice. And last, I chose to name my alter ego Jocelyn Bell, which is so far removed from my actual name, because she is really another whole side of me. As a writer I can be anything I want, write about anything I want, BE whomever I want. What power?
When I am writing books like, What If… I am the hopeless romantic, mushy, endless love sort of woman. But I cannot sustain this raw, sometimes overwhelming emotion all the time. There are days I am cynical or a real non believer in happily-ever-afters and more of a happy for now, sort of girl. On these days I prefer to write about lust, not love. Or work on romances that are meant to be grand and wonderful, but short-lived.
Not every couple is meant for happily ever after. On those occasions Jocelyn Bell gets to come out and play and write novellas like the Voyeur Series, a three-part novella series about finding the person that fits for right now and doesn’t focus so much on the ever and ever part. In the first novella Dare Me , a recently divorced Gina finds that her neighbor next door is the perfect escape from thinking about the loser husband who left her for a barista. In Want Me, which will be out December 18th, Angie is trying to avoid good-looking charming men and take her mother’s advice to find a mediocre looking man, because they don’t cheat. The only problem, her new roommate is fire and sweetness all rolled into one. What’s a girl to do….beg him to leave or beg him to stay?
I love getting to be all the sides of myself as I write a new story. In my computer sit at least five different genres of started stories, on some I will write The End and others will just sit. But, either way for the moments that I spent writing a bit on each one, I got to be exactly who I am, in that moment. It’s some pretty powerful stuff to get to express all of who you are in your work. And sometimes, they are nothing of me and all of my imagination. Which is just as much fun and probably why there are so many people who want to be actors in this world. The opportunity to be all that you are and nothing of who you are at the same time.
Writing is simply the best!
For those of you who also enjoy a steamier read from time to time, Dare Me is currently available on Amazon, just click here to purchase or preview if you like. I am also really excited to unveil a new cover for Dare Me, which you are seeing here for the first time. It won’t be available on Amazon until next week. I am so excited to share it with you guys first.
There will be an excerpt from Want Me at the end and be ready for more of the series on 12/18/2012!!
Thanks for stopping in today and Be Blessed,