What is that line from Romeo & Juliet?
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
This topic comes up because I have more than one name that I use and it often causes confusion and while it can be a pain sometimes I have good reasons for this.
My legal name is Laina Molaski. My degrees are in that name, in my academic life I have always used that name, and my kids have that name. I chose to write under my maiden name, Laina Turner, for a couple reasons. One as a homage to my mother who always wanted to be a writer and two because I wanted some separation between my academic profession and frivolous fiction persona. Then on Facebook, Linked In, and twitter I use Turner-Molaski as a bridge.
Now I do have people get confused as to what they should call me and frankly while it technically should be Molaski I don’t really care. Having a first name like Laina has gotten me used to answering to anything close.
What do you think?
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