Who am I again?

A couple of years ago when I was nearing the reality of being published, I had to make a decision about what name I would be published under. I knew it wasn’t a good idea to publish under my own name. I had a corporate identity and a family to think of. My real world and the fantasy world around my writing didn’t mesh. I borrowed from my maternal great grandmother Tereasa Clair (who I was named after) and her husband Guy Collins and I created Claire Collins.

As Claire Collins, I… she… we (?) wrote Images of Betrayal, and Fate and Destiny. We started Seeds of September and planned to finish it last summer but then that whole real world stepped back in and I took a hiatus from writing.

Somewhere along the way, I had stepped back from writing so far that I decided I would never finish my third novel, not to mention the six other novels jostling for position behind it. Along the way, my fantasy writing world became my real world when I gave up my corporate job and 9 to 5 employee life, packed up my house and family, and moved to North Carolina to manage Barnhill’s Bookstore. We hit our grand opening last weekend and now I’m settling into this whole new life. I think part of this new life includes Second Wind Publishing and Seeds of September, but if I do, I’m going to write under my own name instead of my alias.

10 Comments on “Who am I again?”

  1. Or, you can do what some of the famous writers with multiple pen names do: Tracy Beltran writing as Claire Collins.


  2. Claire Collins is dead… long live Tracy Beltran! What a gutsy move… being real… it’s so novel… no pun intended.

  3. As a real and virtual world dave hambidge; welcome Tracy! (Are you changing email address as well?)

  4. spilledinkguy says:

    How exciting! It takes me a lifetime just to read three books (I’m VERY impressed)!

    Perhaps when Seeds of September is published you can interview yourself at Barnhill’s! Okay, I thought that sounded funny, but it might be best for the store and more respectful of your work to have someone else ask you the questions! 🙂

  5. Laura says:

    I’m right there with you and the whole name thing. I’ve been writing on Delicacies under an assumed name and had originally decided to do the same with my memoir. Having left my job some of the ‘delicate’ issues of writing about dating and sex are less critical and I think I have to write under my real name.
    It can feel schizophrenic, right? I have a second blog under my real name and am contemplating a 3rd, related to women’s health, sexuality and other issues.. that one will have to have an alias!!

  6. jill says:

    that is a very gutsy move…but good for you!! Go Tracy! Will you create a new blog as well?

  7. Ah. But what of this blog? It will need to be renamed. And the “CC” that I’ve used so often? Where does it go? Back to Clive Cussler? He certainly doesn’t deserve it. TB sounds a bit too medical.

    Never mind my issues. Congratulations on your new store, new life and reclaiming your real name!

  8. duncanr says:

    Jeez, Claire/Tracey/Barnhills

    I have a hard enough time trying to figure out who I am without talking on anyone else’s problems 😉

  9. Asypereri says:

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Christian, iwspo.net

  10. sekanblogger says:

    My real name is TRACY.
    One of those unisex names. I grew up felling like a boy named Sue.
    No wonder I always had a black eye when I was a kid.
    Nothing like naming your boy Tracy to toughen him up a bit!

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