In an attempt to better connect with the writing community onlineI’m participating in The Merry Writer. It’s a writer’s game on Twitter run by Ari Meghlen (@arimeghlen) and Rachel Poli (@RPoli3). Each day there’s a new prompt or question, and each month there’s a new theme. In these posts I expand upon the answers that I’ve posted on my Twitter. This month’s theme is goals. Today’s prompt is unrelated to that theme, but a good entry point: Introduce yourself to the group with 3 unusual facts.
So, hello! I’m Berin. Here are 3 unusual facts about me:
1. My legal name started off as a pen name.
Berin Kinsman is not the name that I was born with. When I began writing professionally in the early 1990’s I used it as a pen name for a lot of complicated reasons. I was estranged from my biological family at the time and looking to distance myself from them. Legally changing my name dovetailed with both finding my way as a writer and gaining control of my personal life.
2. I used to write romance under a female pen name.
When I was in college I wrote a romance novel on a bet. That came about when roommates caught me reading a romance novel. I sent it around as part of that bet. To my surprise, it got accepted. I wrote a couple more because while I wasn’t easy, the money was okay. At the time it beat flipping burgers. No, I’m not going to tell you the pen name or the titles of the books. They didn’t sell well and have long since fallen out of print.
3. I’m finally writing a novel that I hope to publish under my real name.
After a decade of ghost writing things for other people, most of which I wouldn’t want to put my name on, I’ve started writing a “serious” novel. My intention is to finish the first draft by the end of February, spend the summer polishing in, and hopefully start querying it by the end of the year.
Okay reader, this is where I turn it back on you. Introduce yourself in the comments below with three unusual facts about yourself. You don’t have to be a participant in The Merry Writer game to play along here!