Readers, we have recently made the decision to drop the pen names. Why? Because it’s really hard to maintain both your normal personality as well as a fake one you invented simply because you were pranking a friend. Well, holdup; that’s not the whole truth. A little background.
When we first decided to write books, neither of us were super confident we could actually pull it off. So, we decided to come up with fake names and personalities to write under so that, if we failed, we could just kill the pens rather than uproot our entire lives, fleeing from sheer embarrassment. Here’s the thing about us, we are both anxiety-riddled and dramatic as hell. Hence the security blanket of a pen name. Though, in my case, it was more of a security wig than a blanket. Anyway, coordinating photo shoots to ensure we have Instagram pics is also a real drag. It’s time-consuming, and that time would be better spent actually writing.
On to the second reason. After publishing and receiving actual feedback – and most of it really good – our former insecure selves died just a little. We both had a case of late onset narcissism that has served us well. Because, here’s the thing that really sucks about writing books. You HAVE to promote yourself. It’s the worst, and most difficult, part for two people who would just rather not.
So, this combo of laziness and somewhat boosted self esteem led us to the decision to “kill” Smoky Lynx and Charlaine LeRoux. *Here’s hoping they don’t come back from the dead George Stark-style and try to kill us.* We’ve outgrown the need for wigs and fake mustaches. Are we still keeping the wigs and fake mustaches? You bet your ass we are!
Oh, bonus reason: last fall, while writing a cookbook for our book club (I told y’all we’re extra as hell), we discovered our ACTUAL last names sound great together. So, here we are, Holland + Harper.
What can you expect going forward? Basically the same shit. Holland loves folklore just as much as LeRoux did. Harper reads a shit ton of books and reviews them just like Lynx did. We both love horror movies – particularly ’90s horror, murder mysteries, and Adventure Time. We realized, as Lynx & LeRoux grew more and more real, that they were just slightly exaggerated versions of ourselves. So, content will be the same, there will just be fewer false eyelashes.
Oh, and there will be more books added to the store. I co-wrote a book with husband that I never promoted here because it’s not a Lynx & LeRoux title.
One last thing about L&L. We love them. Like, a lot. Like maybe we both have L&L wall calendars and tote bags – I told you late onset narcissism is real! They’ll still be around. We plan to use them as characters in at least one future book. You guys, we have so many book ideas. Can someone just pay our salaries and also take all my accounting classes for one year so we have time to write? Puh-lease?
So, thanks for joining us on this wonderful and often weird ride. We hope you’ll stick around for the real us.