“Being a single parent, there’s not much time to write,” says author about writing her newly published thriller. Melissa Levi completed “Synthetic Soul” a full three years before submitting it for publishing. Then as her 40th birthday approached, Levi decided to take the plunge. Twelve weeks later she received a contract from Tate Publishing, the first publisher she had chosen.
This author decided to use her own name instead of a pen name for her book even though her research suggested that a masculine nom de plume might appeal to a wider audience, especially in the science-fiction genre. I was surprised to find out how many female authors have used pseudonyms to disguise their gender.
Here’s an article I found on the subject:
“dead women with pen names
writers in disguise
When she first began writing children’s books, publishers asked Joanne Kathleen Rowling to change her name; they were afraid boys wouldn’t read a book written by a woman. With a couple of bestsellers under her belt now, J.K. Rowling, author of the “Harry Potter” books, can safely lay claim to her name and her sex! It didn’t used to be so easy… In the past, when women picked up a pen, they often picked up a pen name, too.
- a lady, aka jane austen
- nellie bly, aka elizabeth jane cochrane seaman
- h.d. imagiste, aka hilda doolittle
- george sand, aka aurore dudevant
- currer, ellis and acton bell, aka charlotte, emily and anne bronte
- a.m. barnard, aka louisa may alcott
- francoise, aka robertine barry
- m. leblanc, aka sophie germain
- george eliot, aka mary ann evans”
Watch the trailer for “Synthetic Soul” at Tate Publishing’s website.
For more information on this author or to purchase a copy of this book, visit her online at MelissaLevibook.com.
Read the article entitled, “Levi has the Soul of an Author,” published in the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil