Tuesday, February 3, 2009
What's in a name?
"Malice in Miniature" hits the shelves today—the third book in my Miniature Mystery series. I suppose I can't call it a "new" series anymore. And I can hardly say my penname is new, either. In fact, I've been using "Margaret Grace" more and more.
The first time I used my penname outside of a book event was when I was ordering a birthday cake over the phone. "Who'll be picking it up?" the person asked. I happened to be looking down at one of my books, so instead of saying, "Camille Minichino," I said, "Margaret Grace."
"Okay," the clerk said.
That easy! No spelling it twice? No "Is that Carmel Mendocino?" "Is that two m's and one l? Oh, one m and one l?" "Did you say Maraschino?"
And so on.
In my neighborhood growing up, my name was one of the simpler ones to spell and pronounce. I went to school with a Pietropaulo, an Abbagnale, a Castelnuovo, a Bocanegra, and others equally complicated to the non-Italian-American.
I remember in fourth grade, a new girl came to town. Her name was Beth Rogers. No one could pronounce her name.
Sometimes I wish my "new" books had my "real" name on them. But both names are real, I remind myself; they represent different sides of me.
Do you have only one name? Do you like it?