I have been thinking about this for a couple of weeks, as I am writing my book on overcoming deep depression. Assuming it is a success, I have kids and grandkids, a sister and a brother, nieces and nephews, and my family name is unusual, so they would easily be identified as part of my family. I am not sure I feel comfortable with their friends asking if that crazy lady who wrote that book is related to them. I am also not comfortable sharing the full story of my inner struggles with depression with them.
It seems egotistical in a way to worry what would happen if the book actually was a success, but why write it if I didn’t think it would help many people? I know my voice is unique, as both an experienced therapist and a person who was suicidal for years. I want to write the book I had needed to read then, in the hopes it can be a lifeline for someone else.
My father’s name was Frank, and I am thinking about
Annie Franklin. I could also use Gerry Franklin and keep my first name.
Can’t find an author by that name on Amazon, and Google only turns up that name as a nurse practitioner on Cheyenne WY, so it seems like a safe bet. Does it have a ring to it? I would love to be a “Lisa,” but there is an author named Lisa Franklin who has written about trauma and the brain – too close. What are cool nicknames from Elizabeth?
I am considering doing a mental health column and I should use whatever name I’m going to write under for mental health issues from the start, so I should decide .
My proposal for a syndicated column (I would retain the copyright) has not yet been accepted, BTW, and so I also need some ideas where to shop the column…..
So, what say you?
I think I am rambling. Hope you are all well. I have a lot of reading and zero to hero assignments to catch up with….