Spam Literary Identities
If I ever need a pen name – a real pen name, that is, one that could go on books without being laughed at – I’ll find one in my inbox, trying to sell me herbal viagra. These spammer databases are fabulous! Just in the past five hours I’ve gotten email from Gwendolyn Poole (pseudo-historical romance), Jefferson Ledford (Westerns), Eugenia Lockhart (flowery soft-core erotica masquerading as pseudo-historical romance) and Frederick G. Melton (awkward tomes about the high seas). All’s I need now are names for ficticious travel narrative, space operas where dashing young men awkwardly refuse to notice the complete lack of women in their narratives, and saccharine children’s books and I’m set! At least two of those should be in my in-box by tomorrow morning.