Those of us who have multiple pen names usually use them to differentiate one type of writing from another. For instance, I have Dee S. Knight for erotic romance, Anne Krist for non-erotic romance, and Jenna Stewart for ménage and shifter books.
When I first conceived of Anne and later, Jenna, I thought I would use them so readers could avoid confusion as to which kind of book they were picking up. I didn’t consider that writing such different kinds of books meant I would actually be using different personality traits. When a friend pointed it out to me, “What fun!” At her suggestion, I’ve played on the three, whom I’ve termed sisters.
Anne: Dee is the older sister.
Dee: Only by a few minutes. And being older makes me wiser, you know.
Anne: In your dreams, perhaps.
Jenna: I’m the baby and get all the attention, so go ahead and fight it out.
Dee: Keep quiet, Jenna. This discussion is for Anne and me.
Jenna: I’m telling!
Girls, settle down. Years ago, when I conceived Anne, I gave interviews as the two sisters and had such fun I started a blog that featured their opposing personalities, A Little Sisterly Advice, kinda like Dear Abby. Each Sunday night/Monday morning for six years I choose a question and had some fun with it, answering as each author. Anne, is usually reasonable and—
Anne: Did you hear that? She said I was reasonable.
Dee: She’s too nice to say boring.
Ladies, really! Stop sniping. As I was saying, Anne is reasonable in her answers and Dee is…well, not quite so.
Anne: *chuckling* You’re not reasonable.
Dee: *proudly* Damn straight.
*Shaking head* Anyway, I was always looking for good questions mand passed on an eBook for readers who sent one in that I used. I had to remind readers that I am not a psychologist and that my answers were strictly for entertainment. Here’s a sample of a previous question.
Q: My boyfriend of two years says he loves me and has invited me to his parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner. On previous visits, they’ve made no secret of the fact that they hate my clothing, my hair, my job (beautician)—virtually everything about me. What should I do?
~Not Too Thankful for Dinner
Anne: Talk to your boyfriend, Not Too Thankful. He says he loves you so he should step up to the plate and defend you to his parents. I’m sure he will! And maybe this will be what they need to see the light and realize how important you are to their son. Happy holidays!
Dee: It’s Thanksgiving, so be thankful you’re about to get better advice from me than Anne just gave you. If you’re thinking of marrying this man, remember that it’s better to have a turkey of a Thanksgiving without him this year than to be served up a platter of rejection every year from now on. The fact is, they’ve made “no secret” how little you mean to them. If your boyfriend hasn’t already straightened them out about how he feels about you, your goose is cooked, girl! Get out before someone starts pelting you with cranberries.
This is what I meant when I said I took on the personas of both authors, Anne and Dee. Lord only knows what Jenna would have responded if she’d been around back then!
What do you think of authors having more than one pen name and then revealing them? Should I have kept them secret? Do you enjoy the different personalities, and would they stop you from reading a book from one of the authors? I’m curious!
Burning Bridges by Anne Krist
Letters delivered decades late send shock waves through Sara Richards’s world. Nothing is the same, especially her memories of Paul, a man to whom she’d given her heart years before. Now, sharing her secrets and mending her mistakes of the past means putting her life back together while crossing burning bridges. It will be the hardest thing Sara’s ever done.
Buy link for KU: mybook.to/BurningBridges
About the Author
A few years ago, Dee S. Knight began writing, making getting up in the morning fun. During the day, her characters killed people, fell in love, became drunk with power, or sober with responsibility. And they had sex, lots of sex. She is the primary persona of three pen names—triplets, if you will: Dee, Anne Krist, and Jenna Stewart.
As noted above, Dee S. Knight writes erotic romance—emphasis on the romance! She was part of an anthology named a Top Pick in Romantic Times magazine (Resolutions) and the sole author of another Top Pick designation, for the paranormal erotic romance, Passionate Destiny.
“Sister” Anne Krist does not write erotic romance. Her book, Burning Bridges, has received high praise and multiple 5-star reviews because of the depth of the romance and emotion. Burning Bridges is Anne’s first book but she has a series planned that she hopes to have out soon.
Third of the triplets is Jenna Stewart. Jenna has tried her hand at ménage—in both historical and shifter books. She wrote the Sisters O’Ryan series set during the westward migration in the U.S., the Great Wolves of Men-Edge, and Unlikely Bedfellows.
Regardless of the name she uses to write during the day, their dream man, childhood sweetheart, and long-time hubby are all the same guy. What happens during their nights are their secret.
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Delilah, thank you for hosting me today!
Dee, I am laughing and also a little worried about you, do you talk to yourself? Who replies? Seriously, I love the personalities of your pen names. It tells us why you are so good at writing wonderful stories. To Delilah’s readers, I’ve just read Burning Bridges, a poignant and uplifting story that made me wonder ‘how many times has this happened?’
This book is a must!
Jan, thanks so much! Yes, I do talk to myself. Sometimes I have whole conversations. I annoy myself at times, too, lol!
I can totally relate with having multiple pen names! It definitely feels like I have different personalities 😆 Great job Dee!
Burning bridges sounds like a good read Dee. Love the different voices of the pen names.
Hi, Suzanne. Thanks for commenting!
Neat blog. I’m so happy for you taking on this new series. Congrats!
Congratulations, Dee!! Very happy for you!
This was hysterical to read. I’m going to have to check out your other works by your other personalities. LOL.
You are too funny! Or should I say you are all funny. I love the cover of Burning Bridges. You are one very talented lady.
I have another book to buy and read, Burning Bridges!
Thanks for the delightful story!
What a great post, Dee! I know Dee… and have read a story by Anne Krist. I look forward to spending more time with these three wonderful authors!
Annabel, thanks for your comment. It’s fun, isn’t it?
Thanks so much , Callie and Sassy Brit! And thanks for commenting!
Gibby, thanks! I appreciate your comment. Wish you could have read some of the other comments between Dee and Anne in their joint blog–Dee was incorrigible!
Carol, thank you!! Should you read Burning Bridges, I hope you like it!
Alice, thank you for remembering that Anne wrote Life Saving in Mystic Desire! And thank you for commenting!
Thank you, Delilah!
Haha, loved the bickering. I know that I’ll have to start considering a pen name if I keep writing dark fiction, like as of late.
Great post, Dee.
Hi, Patricia! Thanks for your comment. Get yourself more than one pen name–join the craziness!