Technology seems to be changing faster than any of us can keep up with it, and audiobooks have become quite popular. So, I’m in the process of producing my first audiobook, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral: Luke and Jenny Visit Tombstone. This novella for young readers was my first published fiction book, which makes it the perfect choice for my first audiobook.
Two good friends, Mike Serres and Joe Murphy, are the readers. Well known in the Tucson, Arizona music scene for their bands, Five Way Street, The CS&M Trio, and The Tributaries, Mike and Joe also have experience in broadcast radio. Mike is doing the narration, while Joe provides the voices for all the characters. A children’s book should be fun and entertaining for the listener.
We’ve completed the recording and the project has gone into post production. Since this is still uncharted waters it may be awhile before the book is available, and once it is, you’ll be the first to know. In the meantime, stay tuned.
People ask me if I write under my real name, or a pen name. I actually write under both. There are many reasons why some authors choose to write under pen names.
The author wishes to keep his or her privacy.
The author writes controversial or sensitive subject matter, such as erotica.
There is, by coincidence, another author with the same name, or a similar name.
The author has a name that is confusing, hard to pronounce, or with an unusual spelling.
The author writes in more than one genre, and wishes to build a separate brand for each.
The latter two reasons apply to me.
When I wrote my first book, Anna’s Kitchen, I thought my legal name, Gayle Martin, was perhaps too common. So, I included my maiden name, Homes. However, there was a problem. Before I was married to Mr. Martin, I spent my life having both a first and a last name with unusual spellings. Gayle Homes. I was constantly having to spell my name for people, and they were still getting my name wrong. They all thought I was, “Gail Holmes,” and no, it didn’t exactly do wonders for my self-esteem.
Once Anna’s Kitchen was published, I realized that the troubles of the past had come back to haunt me. The name, Gayle Homes, with or without, Martin, simply left too big of a margin for error for a keyword search. Had I not picked up the name, Martin, along my life’s journey, I would have used a pen name from the get-go. That said, we learn from our mistakes. So when I started publishing my Luke and Jenny series, I dropped the name Homes and published as Gayle Martin. It worked, and I successfully built my brand as a children’s book author. Then came the next problem.
why I switched to a pen name
As much as I loved my Luke and Jenny books, I wanted to branch out into the romance genre. Most readers in this genre expect some steamy love scenes. However, this would present a real problem if young Luke and Jenny fans, or their parents, bought my newer books, thinking they too were written for younger readers. So, I created a pen name, Marina Martindale, which is simply a play on my middle name, Marie, and my last name, Martin.
Ultimately, it’s up to each author to decide whether or not to write under a pen name. If you opt to do so, I highly recommend creating one that’s easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and memorable.