As I mentioned in my last post, this is a year of change for me. Last year I was a new mum. This year I am still a relatively new mom but I am also morphing into writer mom. That sounds like my superhero name, but I guess any mom out there who is balancing work and children has to have a superhero alter-ego. So Writer Mom with capital letters it is!
Part of my transformation includes finally taking the plunge and moving from travel writing to writing historical fiction. I have always wanted to write historical fiction. I think it was part of the draw of a Masters in History. In a classic Sherrie move I thought I would take something I loved (writing and history) and destroy it with the pettiness of the infighting that is rampant in academia combined with the misguided thought that it would be better to take something I did like and do something I didn’t like with it. Writing historical fiction seemed ill-advised and a path to poverty. A Masters meant prestige and something I could parlay into an income. How wrong I was on both those accounts.
But I digress. Everyone seems to stress that a writer has a brand. My brand would appear to be travel writer. So the decision is before me. Do I write both genres under Sherrie McCarthy or do I try to start from scratch and write historical fiction under a new name?
Long story short, Ive decided to go with a new name. It will not be a secret name, I will write historical fiction under the name of Lynn Francis. But anyone who searches for Lynn Francis will be finding historical fiction as opposed to motorcycle travel books. And although the decision is not secret, neither will I be marketing both names as the one and the same. It is more the decision that it is an open pen name should anyone really want to dig, but otherwise they operate fairly independently from each other.