Sunday, September 16, 2012

Writing under two names

As most of you know, I am being published by two publishing houses in 2013. Saint Martin's Press asked that I use my real name (married name) because the book is THE WITCH OF LITTLE ITALY and I guess that name gives the book some street cred, so to speak. That book will be released March 26th, 2013.

My other book, I'LL BE SEEING YOU, (co-authored with the amazing Loretta Nyhan) will be published in June, 2013 by Mira Harlequin ... and because of the nature of the book, as well as two different houses marketing my (our) work, I'm using a pen name. Suzanne Hayes.

That name is magical for so many different reasons. Suzanne Hayes was the maiden name of my father's mother. My grandmother. She died when she was 39... many years before I was even born. My parents named me after her out of respect, and love. (though my mother also insists it was because she loved the Lenard Cohen song, Suzanne.)

Here's the magic part. I've always loved her. I've always felt robbed not being able to know her. AND I've always felt her spirit around me.

Guess what? She wanted to be a writer. It was a dream of hers. My father recounted a story to me about the time she sent a story into readers digest, and got a rejection. How she was devastated by that.  And now, I get to publish a book (two actually, because we were contracted for two books), under her name.

How much more can you ask for?

Here she is, my beautiful grandmother when she was little:

 And here she is with my Grandfather, James Cooper, on her honeymoon.
 And here she is with my dad, James Sterling Cooper. Isn't she beautiful?
I am so proud that her name will be in print. It puts so much joy in my heart.


18 comments:

  1. She IS beautiful! And she would've been so proud of you!

    Can't wait to read your words!!!

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  2. What a wonderful story of inspiration! And she's lovely. I look forward to reading your work.

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    1. I look forward to YOU reading! So excited to share all the stories.

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    1. I love thinking about her. She's such a safe place for me.

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  4. What a beautiful tribute. Your Grandmother must be looking down with pride.

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  5. These pictures and your story are priceless. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. I just love that photo of her as a little girl. I see it in my dreams.

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  6. Oh, I especially love the honeymoon pic! What a nice story. Thanks Suzanne.
    Barbara

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    1. Thank you! They look so happy, don't right.

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  7. Beautiful little piece of work there.
    Makes me wonder if I should start saving rejection letters to inspire my descendents ;-)
    Congratulations on your successes-so exciting.

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    1. I totally kept all my rejections! I have them in a file in my email. I look through them ALL THE TIME. Never give up!

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  8. Love this! And what beautiful pictures. Can't wait to buy every book you write!

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  9. This is a great posting It’s exactly what I was looking for. I like your article.

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  10. An Edwardian lady in full dress was a wonder to behold, and her preparations for viewing were awesome.silks saree

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  11. will follow,,,not a surprise,,reckon?,,,look forward to reading,,,yep Suzanne (ah),,,just "yep" :)

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