Other names you may recognize at once. The signature above applies to only one man. There may be a Stanley Picasso, but when you enter Picasso in Google, you get page after page of Pablo. If poor old Stanley wants fame, maybe Smith is open.
But as an author, my name should apply only to me. So, what shall I call myself?—Pat Kirk, Patricia Kirk, Patricia Ann Kirk, Patricia Ann Puckett (maiden name), Pat Puckett.
My last book went to press as written by Pat W. Kirk, but it never felt appropriate.
All middle initials turned up in other names, except for the letter "W" (and "X"). The letter "W" stood for "Ann", both silent and invisible. I planned to write Martha’s Sister, Beloved Prodigal under my name. Samuel Clemens used Mark Twain. Archibald Leach became Cary Grant. I still wanted to be Pat Kirk.
Here’s my compromise:
Patricia Annalee Kirk
My signature but not quite the one the bank or the government approves. She sounds like a Christian historical fiction scribe. It's the brand I chose. What do you think? Will you look a second time at a book by Patricia Annalee Kirk? Or should I stick with Pat W. Kirk?
Or shall I call myself Patricia Picasso?