Leeann, my alter ego, and I were chatting the other day.
She wanted to know why I created her.
“I was writing and hoping to publish in two different genres: historical suspense and contemporary suspense. I didn’t want to confuse my readers by writing in different genres.”
“How did you pick my name?”
“My husband’s middle name is Lee, his mother’s middle name is Ann, and my mother’s nickname in nursing school was Betts.”
“Isn’t making up a name illegal?”
“Not unless I’m trying to avoid a legal claim or defraud somebody.”
She chewed on her bottom lip, a funny habit she has. “How do you keep us straight?”
I smiled at her. “First of all, you’re cute and perky and all the things I’m not. Second, you write different stories than I write.”
“Most of my historical suspense are stories about women who have made some bad choices, and now they want to straighten out their lives. Your stories are about stronger, quirkier women who are driven to excel.”
“Sounds like you.”
Now it was my turn to chew my bottom lip. Maybe she inherited that trait from me. “But the women you write about don’t know they are strong. Or quirky. And the women I write about are just like me. Hoping it’s true that God is a God of second chances. And finding out He is.”
“So we’re different but the same?”
I patted her on the head like she was an obedient puppy. “Exactly.”
Donna Schlachter’s book, Second Chances and Second Cups, is available at Amazon.com and at Smashwords.com in digital. Leeann Betts’ recent releases, Counting the Days: a 31-day devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk, and No Accounting for Murder, first in the By the Numbers series, are available in digital-first format at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com. Books 2 and 3 in the series release in January and April. Follow them at www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com and www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com