LitKicks member stevadore asks an interesting question prompted by a discussion earlier this week:
“The post on John Twelve Hawks got me thinking … between him and Lemony Snicket, is the future of publishing books going to couched in the author creating a whole separate persona? Is it all just a gimmick to promote sales? If so, do you think it’s a justifiable action, or a cheap sell out?”
Is this merely another facet of a long tradition of pseudonyms in the writing world? Or is the increasing number of books being published forcing authors to pull “stunts” for publicity? Does this kind of mystery surrounding an author pique your curiousity or is it all in the writing?