I’m getting more and more excited by the day as I approach the end of the first act of Bilqis, the first book of the Hinterland Chronicles. Upon completion of the first act, I plan to go back, fill in any missing history, repair plot holes and clean up any major language issues. I am finally able to see some progress in this story that has been with me for years.
I am already thinking ahead to the release, which I don’t expect will be until some time next year, although I am pushing for December. I already have one willing beta reader in the wings and well… this type of progress after so long feels really good.
I started thinking though about the idea of a pen name. My first novel, An Unproductive Woman, is listed as contemporary, women’s lit, or general fiction. Bilqis will be something altogether different though. We’re talking near future, dystopian, SF.
Big difference, yeah?
I recently read an article that highly promoted the idea of using a pen name when writing works in differing genres so as not to confuse or disappoint readers. This makes a lot of sense to me because the people who loved AUW, will likely return to me looking for something similar and if so, they would be terribly disappointed. My interests don’t lie in the realm anymore. That said, I don’t want to write under a pen name. I simply do not.
What do you think?
Then I started to consider that perhaps I could used a pen name that was merely a different form of my current name. Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali could become K. M-Ali.
What do you think of that?
Hmm. Decisions, decisions.