Someone recently asked me, “Why do you use a pen name, but not hide your face on your books?” Well it’s simple. I use a pen name because I can and because it’s a bit more exotic than my given name. I don’t hide my face on my books or blog because I am proud that I am an author and I want people to know. I’m not ashamed of what I write, no matter what genre it’s in.
That answer was countered with, “I don’t know if I could write erotica, especially the taboo/dark erotica, and have everyone know what I write. You know?” I totally get it. Writing smut isn’t for everyone. Reading smut isn’t for everyone. If it’s not for you, don’t do it. If you like doing it and want to keep your real identity a secret, that’s fine too. If you like doing it and want everyone to know, that’s also fine.
The erotica genre makes millions every year. Sex is natural and healthy. For some, reading about certain fetishes is the only way that they can get a release for those specific fetishes. I have no problem providing that outlet.
Over the years I have written everything from vanilla stories to severely taboo stories. My current WIP is one that would fit in the erotic thriller genre or mainstream thriller genre with a few changes of course. As a matter of fact, it’s become a real pain in the ass for me as of late, since I’m not sure which way I want to take it. Wherever the story decides to go, I’m just along for the ride.
My first published book was erotica and there will be many more in that genre. I also plan to write mainstream novels in the future as well (like all things, this could change). All my work will use the same pen name. Well okay, I did publish a small craft idea book with my pen name and pulled it yesterday so I could decide if I wanted to put it back up or not. I’m okay with someone searching Sayre Ambrosio on book sellers and finding multiple genres. I’m not okay with a younger audience searching for Craft Ideas and finding my other works because they are tied to the pen name. So if I re-release it, I will put it up with a different more family friendly name attached to it. That’s a big if. To be quite honest I wanted to put something out there directly through the iBooks process to see how easy it was compared to using a distributor.
So, there you have it. The long answer to a simple question.