Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I've come to a sad realization in my life. I will never become a secondary character.
What? WHY NOT?
Well, let's avoid the obvious answer -- that I am the STAR OF THE SHOW. (Hey, even my college roommates declared themselves secondary characters in our college experience. I tend to aim for an exciting life.)
No, the real reason is because no one can pronounce my name. And you just can't put in a name as ridiculous as mine, because eventually people can get Hermione right. As many times as they read my name, it will just baffle the reader so much that they'll put down the book.
My dream of being a character in a book is forever blown away. Le Sigh.
And NO, I was not a teenage drama queen. Okay, I may have had my moments. Or days... or... um... moving on.
So now I'm asking for advice. As much as I love my name, do I use it in the publishing world? Or will teens show up at the bookstore like, "Um... yeah... I want that new book by that one author with the impossible name."
And OF COURSE the bookseller will be like: "OHHH.... you mean Chersti Nieveen's FABULOUS new book. It's over this way."
So what are your thoughts? Pen name? Initials? Leave the cover nameless. Post your vote below
ps. My name is pronounced SHARE-STEE NEH-VENE. Yes, my last name is exactly like the Prince on The Princess and the Frog. There's no relation, though, I can assure you. *wink wink*
Posted by Chersti Nieveen at 8:00 AM