Why KaLyn?

I get asked all the time about my name, KaLyn.

No, I didn’t make it up, my mother did. Back in the 1950’s, women were often named for those found in the Bible. Some venturous mothers dared call their little girls Sue, Linda, Sally, etc.

Mine must have known even then that I’d be different.

She didn’t spell it the way she should have either. According to my grandmother, it should have been Kay Lynn, or possibly even add an “e’ and it would have been Kaye Lynne. Note two separate words.

No. Mom made it KaLyn, with a capital “L” right in the middle and smushed it all together into one word, like the spelling of JoAnn.

When I began romance writing, because there was no reason to use a pen name when I wrote non-fiction, I asked around and chose to become Kate Cooper. It was a simple, memorable name and everyone could spell it correctly, unlike the sir name I took when I married Macho Marine. (We won’t go there.)

But as I pitched my two completed manuscripts, over and over again, I wanted to be remembered. Thirty-plus years of marketing and public relations kicked in, with a little push from my agent, and I decided to remain KaLyn. Besides, I’ve answered to that name all my life. I’d use Cooper for the reason mentioned above.

The choice of my own name has been on my mind because my friend and beta reader, Vikki Vaught, is in a turmoil about pen names and we’ve discussed it several times in the past few weeks.

I’ve decided to share my point of view here.

Today authors often publish under several pen names, often with good reason. If you write YA and BDSM, the audiences are completely different. You really don’t want a young child to search by author name and find a book they shouldn’t be reading. Flip side, your erotic readers probably aren’t going to want to buy a book about the woes of teenage heartbreak.

Then there’s the situation of cross genre. I point to Nora Roberts, the queen herself. When she first wrote under J.D. Robb, her sales were nowhere near what the publisher anticipated until it was leaked that the two pen names were one in the same person. More recently, look at J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith. Again, her books sky rocketed once it was released that one woman wrote under both names.


Liliana Hart

Wearing my marketing hat now, in my opinion, as long as the heat level is about the same, I believe that authors should use the same name and brand the hell out it. I’ll use one of my favorite authors as an example, Liliana Hart. She has expertly branded that pseudonym and her readers jump sub-genres from contemporary to suspense to sifi and it has garnered her millions of readers worldwide.

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In conclusion, I am, and will always remain, KaLyn, since the only thing I write is romantic suspense and contemporary romance that’s blazing hot.


If you haven’t read Explosive Combination yet, I encourage you to do so.

And {{happy dancing}} coming December 1, 2014 from Liquid Silver Books is Christmas In Cancun, the first romantic suspense book of the In Cancun series. Watch this blog for my cover reveal.


About KaLynCooper

​KaLyn Cooper’s romances blend fact and fiction with blazing heat and heart-pounding suspense. Twenty-two years as a military wife has shown KaLyn the world, and thirty years in PR taught her that fact can be stranger than fiction. She leaves it up to the reader to separate truth from imagination. She, her husband, and bird dog live in Eastern Tennessee on a micro-plantation filled with gardens, cattle, and quail. When she’s not writing, she’s at the shooting range or paddling on the river.
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