When I started publishing some of my own books in 2011, I used the name K.C. Blake. I started to build up my brand. My books started selling pretty well. Then someone else decided to use the same name to publish erotica. They didn't seem to understand why I had a problem with that. Well, I write YA with sweet romance. I didn't want people to get one of their books by mistake and get mad at me.
First, I went to Amazon about it and was told that anyone could use the same name as me. That's ridiculous. They don't let actors use the same name. Next, I went to the person using the name and asked them to use something else. They had just started, only had one book, and didn't have a website or a following. They told me to change my name. So I did.
And I am still having problems. Unlike this other person, I had several books out. I had to change the covers so that the name Kasi Blake was on them instead, and I had to retire my old print books and put up new ones. Now Goodreads still shows the name K.C. Blake on my books, and once in a while someone tells me they saw this other person's book and thought I had decided to give up YA for something... I don't even know what to call it. Steamy? Nasty? I know some people like erotica. I don't. I used to add one or two love scenes to my romance books, but I don't think of Harlequin type romances as erotica. Erotica, to me, is just about the sex. It's like porn without a real story backing it up. If you like reading it, keep reading it. I don't want to read it. I just wish that I had never used the initials. Seems like that one mistake is going to follow me forever.
Even if I hate a book, I try to remember there is a person behind the book, a person with feelings. The other day I read a bad review on one of my books. I was so depressed afterwards wondering if they were right and I should stop writing. I know all writers no matter how good get bad reviews here and there. But it still bothers me. I really should stop reading my reviews. I just like to know what people are thinking about my books so maybe I can make some changes.
I know, I know. I shouldn't write my books based on the opinions of other people. But it's hard to write without thinking about these reviews and what people have said. Little nagging thoughts bombard me as I try to write a scene. "Is this good enough? What am I doing? What makes me think I can write?"
Okay. This is what makes me think I can write. 1. Two different teachers accused me of plagiarism because they thought my essay and short story were too good for someone my age. 2. Other kids got their hands on a script I was playing around with for my favorite soap, and they thought it had actually happened on the show and I had copied it. 3. Writing intensive classes in college helped me pass history and geography. 4. I've been told by fans of my books that they love them and want more. So what do I have to say to people who hate my books? Simple. Don't read them if you don't like them. It's like what Stephen King said about bad reviews. He just shrugs and says, "This is what I've got."
Sorry I haven't been around. Things just got so crazy, and I was dealing with a major tooth problem on top of that. But I am still here.
What have I been doing?
Kidding. Sort of. I was in a lot of pain and taking Tylenol like it's candy. But now the tooth is gone, things are starting to get back to normal to a certain degree, and I have SO much work to do.
What am I working on?
There are just so many things to do. I am re-formatting all the Bait (Hunter, Warrior, Legend) books because they are up on Kindle Unlimited now.
And I have gotten my rights back to my Harlequin books, so I am having to retype them in all over again. That's fun... NOT!
So I will soon have four Romantic Suspense books available on KU.
Although my YA books (Vampires Rule, Bait, 4-Ever Hunted, etc. are rated PG and have no sexual situations, that cannot be said for my Romantic Suspense. You have been warned. They can get steamy.
That's all for now. Later.
We just got a new puppy. She is a Great Pyronesse. If you haven't heard of this breed, you are not alone. From what I've been told, we can expect her to be the size of a horse when she's done growing. Since we are trying to housebreak her, I have to keep my eyes on her at all times. The second I look away she is going on the floor.
Today, she is outside in her yard for the first time. I am hoping she will love it and not want to come back in very soon. I would like to get some writing done. My mom is holding her in the picture below. She had her first bath and is not a happy camper.
Anyway, if I don't get a book out soon, she is the reason. We'll just blame the dog. LOL
My superpower? I can figure out what's going to happen in a movie/show sometimes before opening credits. My record was the time I guessed the surprise ending by just watching the scenes. Sadly, my friends don't appreciate my superpower.