There's an advantage in having the most common name in the universe. When people look you up on a scandalous website they find five hundred "you"s. What happened in Kansas stays in Kansas. They must pay to see the secrets of the Pat Kirk sitting on this chair. Is it worth it? I took out my garbage yesterday (oh no!!)
Other names you may recognize immediately. The signature above belongs to only one person. There may be a Stanley Picasso, but when you enter Picasso in Google, you get page after page of Pablo. Poor old Stanley would do better to change his name to Smith.
But as an author, I need a name that immediately brings me to mind. So, what shall I call myself? I thought about my name--Pat Kirk, Patricia Kirk, Patricia Ann Kirk, Patricia Ann Puckett (maiden name), Pat Puckett--and my name could be Jane Doe or Mary Jones: no offense, Mary. Any one of these has many representatives.
My last book went to press as authored by Pat W. Kirk, but it never felt right.
All middle initials appeared in other names, except for the letter "W" (and "X". I didn't feel that represented a Christian author well). The letter "W" stood for "Ann", both silent and invisible. I wanted 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 name but not quite the one the bank or the government accepts. Wouldn't a writer of Christian historical fiction hold such a name? What do you think? Would 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?