One of the questions that I get asked the most, is why am I not writing under my own name? The answer is, alas, rather dull and pragmatic: there is already an author with my real name out there in the world. So to avoid confusion, headaches and lawsuits, I decided to have a bit of fun and choose a new name.
So, how did I come up with Rowan Ides? Well, I took the letters that are in my real name and looked to see if I could make an anagram out of them. However, with an “m” and a “c” in the name, many of new names sounded very Scottish. Nothing wrong with that at all, but a Scottish author who writes predominantly about Wales felt a bit odd. But, it turned out that all I had to do was remove those two pesky letters and, low and behold, Rowan Ides emerges.
Of course, pseudonyms are hardly new; JK Rowling and Stephen King, have both released books under other names. And, if you believe Edmund Blackadder, even Jane Austin was “a huge Yorkshireman with a beard like a rhododendron bush”.
Until next time!
It’s been just under a week since I announced that The Greyfield would be published on March 1st 2019.
Pressing the “send” button on that message was a peculiarly stressful moment. It’s one thing to idly tell people that you are writing a book, but it’s another thing to let them know exactly when it will be available to buy. Until then everything is safely under wraps and there is the possibility of stopping and hoping that everyone forgets about it. But, once you press the button, there is no going back. For better or worse, the book is out there in the world, ready to face the music.
Even thinking about it now, I can feel a surge of adrenaline – part excitement, part anxiety.
There are still a few things that need to be done between now and March 1st. The text is having a final final final polish, the last amendments to the book cover are being made and there are a few other things regarding the launch that need a bit of attention. But we are in good shape.
The Greyfield is available to pre-order now on Amazon here