Tuesday, March 6, 2012
What's in a Name?
Someone has called me a leeching liar. I would be flattered normally, as this is almost poetically alliterative but I wasn't. It seems, ladies and gentlemen, there are many Jennifer Jacksons out there and some of them even write for a living. This individual said I was using my name to claim credit for Jennifer's work.
Well, I ran an Internet search the other night. It turns out there IS another Jennifer Jackson who pens poetry. Her biography, though, is not the same as mine and she hasn't published in the same places I have.
Other variations of our name kept popping up with more and more writers attached to them.
I don't believe a wildly different pseudonym would help me at this point, unless I wanted to start things over on my career. So, I have made the only other choice: I am going to use my middle name from now on. There should be less of a chance there would be a Jennifer RUTH Jackson out there, though not escaping one completely.
I just didn't understand this person's anger towards me. I couldn't even reason with the person to research more in-depth. I am not a phony and I wouldn't steal someone else's work. Honestly, mine isn't even good enough to claim it was stolen...
Has this ever happened to you or to a writer friend of yours? How do you deal with it?
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