I have decided to do something drastic. I know it is a change that should have been many months long ago, but I suppose doing something late is better than not doing it at all. I am changing author names from Alycia C. Cooke to Alycia Christine.
When I published my first fiction short story over six years ago, I originally wrote under the pseudonym of Alycia C. Cooke. I did this for two reasons. The first was the fact that I had already published several journalism stories under my more complicated maiden name and I didn’t want to confuse early fiction fans with a bunch of news articles popping up in their internet search results. Hardly anyone could spell my maiden name anyway, so I wanted to use a simpler surname for fiction. The second reason that I wanted to write as Alycia C. Cooke was because my Granny had died two years earlier and I wanted to do something to honor her memory.
However, after many months of contemplation and several talks with my awesome beta readers, I have decided to publish Musings and all new fiction under Alycia Christine. After nine years, I think it is finally time let my grandmother go and completely be my own person just as she would want me to be. One way to do that is to publish all of my creative work under a name all my own. Since most people already know me from my Alycia Christine art photographs, it feels right to publish my fiction under Alycia Christine as well.
So this is my official announcement: I am changing all social media profiles to Alycia Christine. Hopefully this will make it much easier for fans to connect with me using any social media they wish whether they want to talk about my writing or my photography. My main website and my Facebook are under Alycia Christine already so I might as well make sure that Twitter, Goodreads, WattPad, etc. match as well.
This of course means that I will be rereleasing the short stories “Chosen Sacrifice” and “Raven’s Fall” under Alycia Christine in the next few weeks and that “Of Kelpie Lullabies”, “A Song for Naia”, and MUSINGS will all be published under Alycia Christine as well. As annoying as all this will be in the short run, I think the across-the-board name change will help add far more transparency and clarity to my web presence in the long run. I’m so sorry for the confusion, everyone! If you have any questions, let me know! Thank you so much!
Until next time, may we each rewrite our world for the better!
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