How do you feel about pen names?
Despite all the reasons for doing so, I don’t like authors writing under multiple names. Mostly because this leads to me missing out. If I find a book I adore, I’ll look to see if it has any sequels. And then I look to see if the author has written anything else. Fiction, romance, sci fi, horror, fantasy, etc–hey, I’ll give it a shot.
Seanan McGuire, whose October Daye series I loved, came out with the InCryptid series. (The first is a fascinating intersection of human and fae lives, with a half-fey half-human protagonist. The second is about a family of cryptozoologists.)
As soon as I saw the ‘coming soon,’ for the first InCryptid book, I was determined to find it and read it. And I loved it, too.
Recently, I found the Newsflesh Trilogy (and devoured Feed. Sorry, bad pun.), by Mira Grant. It’s a post-apocalyptic zombie story–the outbreak isn’t contained, but people are surviving however they can. It’s also a fascinating take on how zombies are made–way more thought put into the science of how transmission works and how to prevent it than usual.
And then I read that Mira Grant is Seanan McGuire.
This book came out in late 2010, and I missed it! If I hadn’t seen it on a blog and thought it looked interesting, I might never have read it.
And that would have been sad.