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A book, a bench, water, and a dog. Yes friend, this is my life. Except the hat. I don't do hats.
Although I'm not typically into gifs, you know what I am into? Meeting other writers. I love talking about writing and books. I only recently joined Twitter and began blogging, and the incredible writers I have met have by far been the greatest part.
In that spirit, here's a little about me
Edit: I am retitling this post "I'm Proud of My Name" (previously "Should I Be Ashamed of My Name?"). This is very much a venting of the thoughts and frustrations I was having—and still have. I am frustrated by the lack of gender equality in the publishing industry and by the fact that the bias toward women is so deeply ingrained in our culture that even highly intelligent, well-educated professionals often act in a sexist way without even realizing it.
But I am not ashamed of my name. I will never use a male or gender-neutral pseudonym. I believe that women writers have a respobsibility to represent our gender in the publishing industry. Readers use a lack of female writers to justify the belief that women simply don't write as well as men, and writing under a male pseudonym only adds to the cycle. If a reader walks into a bookstore and sees only male names on the shelf, what other conclusion is he or she to draw?
Now I'm not knocking women who choose that path. I get it. From my below discussion, you know I get it.
But personally, I'm damn proud of my name. And it will always appear on my work.
I recently read Homme de Plume by Catherine Nichols. I was aware of the publishing industry's gender bias, but it's a different thing to see proof—numbers that cannot be ignored. Catherine's same query letter sent using a male name received 17/50 manuscript requests versus 2/50 using her female name. Nichols says her male counterpart "is eight and a half times better than me at writing the same book.