As I get approach the release date of my first leap into self-publishing, it occurred to me that I should perhaps clarify a particular point.
I am not Brandon Sanderson using initials to hide my identity. In fact, he's a dude and I'm not. Well, actually, I don't know anything about Brandon Sanderson. I assume he's a dude and not a gal hiding her identity. (Writing gals have to do that from time to time, you know. Take George Eliot, for example.)
As far as I know, there's no relation to Mr. Sanderson either. For one, Sanderson is my married name. For another, I've done the genealogy for Hubs and unless there's a connection way back and Brandon is a shoot off another branch, he's not in the tree I created.
I haven't even read anything by Mr. Sanderson. I've heard he's really good, but I just haven't made the time to add him to my TBR pile. (Sorry, dude. I'll try to rectify that eventually.)
I'm also not a relation to the indie author, Cedar Sanderson - even though we follow each other's blogs now (not here - at The Writing Spectacle.)
I thought briefly about using a pseudonym to distance myself from the fame of Mr. Sanderson. But he writes mainly MG or YA fantasy, I think, and my one foray into that genre sits half-finished for the foreseeable future, so there's little danger of confusing readers there. Besides, I'm proud of my last name. Hubs and I chose each other, and I am proud to wear his surname.
I do use my initials, though. It was a choice I made years ago - before I even began writing seriously. And unlike some of my fellow female writers, it doesn't have much to do with my gender. It has more to do with maintaining some amount of anonymity. You see, I used to do quite a few letters to the editor - especially after 9-11. There are a lot of scary people in the world, and I didn't want them locating me easily. So, B.E. Meissner was born. After I got married, I just changed the surname.
Besides, my first name never seemed to have the right flavor for the books I was writing. Beth doesn't write suspense, she writes kid's books or cookbooks or helpful marriage guides. B.E. writes grit.
Heh. I'm over that for the most part now, so all the Beth's of the world need not hammer me for my narrow-mindedness. In fact, as I get ready to publish in other genres, I will be using Beth Sanderson instead of B.E. Sanderson to differentiate my work for my readers. If the cover says B.E., it's a suspense or mystery. If the cover says Beth, it's my urban fantasy. And when I eventually put my dystopian works out there, I'll choose a different name to associate with those.
So anyway, I just wanted to say I am who I am, and I'm no relation to pretty much any other mainstream writer out there. And if you have stumbled by here looking for Brandon or Cedar or any other writerly Sanderson in the world, sorry you missed them. I hope you'll stay, though, and check out my books, too. =o)