Death of a Pseudonym

by | Apr 4, 2023 | Blog

Alas, we (do not) mourn the death of A.G. Bennett, a pseudonym past her due date and beginning to curdle in the fridge.

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

Pseudonym.

Pseudonym who?

Pseudonym? More like, pseudon’t use one if you want to keep your readership!

Well, folks, it’s official. After trying to hide behind the mysterious moniker of A.G. Bennett (a name chosen late on a Friday night, three gins into the evening) I’m dropping the pen name. And let me tell you, it feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

There were were plenty of reasons why I decided to use a pen name in the first place. For one thing, I was scared shitless that everyone would hate my first novel, Shepherd’s Derelict, and I’d be forced to flee the country in disgrace. But so far, the three people who’ve read the book left nice reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. So I’m feeling more confident. I definitely didn’t want my picture books getting mixed up with my adult books, but that doesn’t seem likely, in retrospect. Lastly, I was worried that my family wouldn’t like it, dealing as it does with difficult subjects. Turns out, they are my biggest fans!

As time went on, I started to realize that maintaining a pen name was just too much work. No one knew who A.G. Bennett was – not even my own mother. And every time I tried to juggle two separate social media accounts, I felt like I was losing my mind. Who has time for that?

And then there was the fact that I never responded to the name. Seriously, it was like I had some sort of split personality disorder or something. People would call me A.G. and I’d just stare at them blankly, like “who the heck is that?” It was getting embarrassing.

But the real kicker was when I realized that I felt like a big faker. I mean, who was I trying to fool? Sure, I might have been able to creep off into the shadows if everyone hated my writing, but what about the people who actually liked it? They deserved to know the real me, not some made-up persona.

So here I am, folks. No more A.G. Bennett. Just plain old me. Sure, some folks might be scandalized by some of the stuff I write, but at least they’ll know it’s really me.

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About Andrea

Andrea Gabriel is an author & illustrator whose work, both for children and adults, is grounded in her love for the natural world. She has illustrated more than ten books for the children's trade market and written several more. Her books have been published by Charlesbridge, Albert Whitman and Co., Dawn Publications, Sasquatch Books, and Arbordale. She has published for the adult market under the name A.G. Bennett. She lives in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, with her family of two and four-footed creatures.

She works as a writing coach with The Narrative Project and with select private clients.

Books by Andrea Gabriel

For Adults

Shepherd's Derelict, front cover of book

For Children

My Favorite Bear
Wandering Woolly

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