I think it's been months since I've done a Road Trip with YA Highway! I've missed it!
I must confess: I had a hard time keeping up with blogging at the end of last year. In honor of the new year I've been trying to get back into blogging. Let's not call it a resolution, let's call it an apocalution. If the apaocalypse is coming, I might as well try to be my best me for twelve months.
This week's question, What would your pseudonym be?
My full name is Katharine Amory Owens.
I LOVE the name Katharine. Even though there are always a lot of Katharines around (an abundance you might say), I still think it's a classic, beautiful name.
But did you notice something about how I spelled it? It's Katharine-with-an-a.
Like Katharine Hepburn, for whom I was not named, and my great Aunt Katharine, for whom I was.
It used to drive me crazy that no one could get it right. My high school boyfriend even wrote me a poem about it. (I still have it. I could find it if I had an extra 20 hours or so to dig through my boxes before this post goes live. But I'm not jumping into that black hole today.)
I still notice when people email me and misspell it. I'm not saying I keep a list of these offenders, but I do notice.
I love my middle name, and wanted it to be my first name for many, many years. I could never successfully convince anyone else to switch to calling me that, however. I think my one golden opportunity was when I went off to college and met tons of new people, but I missed it. So that's that.
The truth is, I love my name.
Does it bother me that there is potential future confusion with Katherine Owens, a Kentucky mom, who writes. Yes.
Does it bother me that people are much more likely to find her website first? A little.
I've thought of K.A. Owens, but I don't want people to think that I think that I'm some kind of Rowling. I'm probably overthinking that one.
I've thought of the full thing, Katharine Amory Owens, but that seems pretentious.
I've thought of K. Amory Owens but that seems confusing.
I've thought of Amory Owens, but then it doesn't seem like me.
I'm not shy or ashamed of what I do. When I publish, I want credit for it.
I didn't take my husband's name when we married, because I like my own name. (Though some family members continue to ignore this and send my mail to the non-legal entity that is Katharine Maier, or worse, Mrs. Michael Maier).
I'll stick with Katharine A. Owens
If it means more years of misspellings, I'll get over it.
Wait, Amory Maier has a nice ring to it...