Jack Higgins is one of the best-selling authors of popular fiction in the world. He is often considered the architect of the modern thriller. His breakthrough novel, The Eagle Has Landed, written in 1975, sold more than 50 million copies.
Knowing the book was written by the author of the mega-successful Harry Potter books did change my perspective -- but just a bit. There are certainly some notes that will be familiar to anyone who read the adventures of Harry & Co.
I usually don't have to come out. When I walk into a room, people know I'm a dyke -- unless they mistake me for a dude. Whatev. But recently I had to decide whether to come out. Again. This happened when a reader of my anonymous blog was kind enough to send a post of mine to HuffPost.
When I starting telling people I was going to have a book published, one of the most frequent questions I received was: "What name are you going to publish under?" The funny thing is, it had never even occurred to me to publish under any other name but my own.
Women writers have used initials and male pen names for centuries to cover up their gender, knowing that for some readers (namely male), simply seeing a female's name on the cover of a book would dissuade them.
I believe it's possible to mingle with millionaires, party with plutocrats, and enjoy the good life, all while living on a budget. If one can dream it, one can live it. And be treated like an important person too.