I’m not alone! I just googled my new name to see if the world wide web knows me as a married woman yet, and lo and behold – I discovered an established writer named Annie Groves who has published several novels, including the one on the left.
A few months after getting married, my friend Jen said to me, “Annie Groves… hey that is a great pen name!” I happened to agree and we had a small discussion of how cool it would be to see “Annie Groves” on the cover of a book (mostly just because we were excited about name changes) … except it’s already being used! Not sure what I’m going to do if I ever publish a book… are names copyrighted? Anne Groves… not so much I’m afraid. Anne C. Groves perhaps – though I’m not sure I will publish something scholarly anymore. Annie Burdette-Groves? Maybe I’ll just become Hawaiian or Japanese or Spanish and go by Ana Groves or something.
Of course, this all falls under the assumption I ever sit down to write a book that might someday get published (chances slim I’m afraid)… But still! This discovery perturbs me a bit. I liked my romantic little fantasy of publishing a book someday with the pen name Annie Groves. Now I know the name is attached to girly fiction novels that look like the adult version of American Girls or Anne of Green Gables (my favorites growing up, by the way – can’t knock Anne of Green Gables, my all time hero).
Ah well, now I can be a poser. When people look at my ID in the grocery store and ask, “You’re Annie Groves?” I can proudly (or not so proudly, I haven’t read her books) nod my head and smile, “why yes, yes I am. It is an absolute delight to meet you…” (isn’t that what you think she’d say based on looking at her selection?) 🙂
Weird. This is all too weird. On a positive note, JD just bought a Weber BBQ and we’re having tri tip tonight!!!