You see, some people read genre. Full stop. There are folks that read romance who will not read fantasy, and vice versa. I wanted to make it clear to those folks that if they picked up a Nicole Murphy book, they’d be getting magic and mayhem and monsters and Mars.* If they picked up an Elizabeth Dunk book they’d be getting straight romance.
On the other hand, there are people who read authors and aren’t particularly thrown off by genre and I wanted those people to be able to read whatever I wrote, so I’d be open about it.
So here I am - two pen names because I’m now published in two different genres, but both appearing on the banner of my webpage so people know upfront.
So how did I choose Elizabeth Dunk? NB - Nicole Murphy is my real name.
Well, Elizabeth is my confirmation name. For those who don’t know, as part of the sacrament of confirmation in the Catholic church, you choose a saint’s name to become your own, to join yourself with that saint and have them as a guide. I toyed for a while with Saint Therese, whose deep faith in God really resonated with my own total belief at the time but eventually I went with Elizabeth - mostly because St Elizabeth was Mary’s cousin and while I didn’t feel capable of bearing the name of the mother of my Lord, I liked being that close to her. Plus Elizabeth was my favourite name when I grew up and for a while, I toyed with officially changing my name from Nicole to Elizabeth when I got old enough.
Does everyone go through a period where they HATE their name, or is that just me?
So, that’s Elizabeth. The ‘Dunk’ is simple - it’s the first syllable of my maiden name, Dunkley.
I decided Elizabeth Dunk had a pretty good ring to it and so it was.
You can read one Elizabeth Dunk story now - Claudine’s New Adventure - and the second will be available on Monday as part of URL Love, a new anthology from HarperCollins. You can pre-order here for Amazon and will be able to buy on Monday from all good e-tailers.
- I was SOOOO worried that putting in a science fiction reference would ruin the alliteration - thanks Muse :)