But you might be forgiven for thinking the evidence suggests otherwise...
|One I did write!|
What did I mean? they asked. Well, I said, I happened to know that there is more than one other Emma Barnes - writer, out there. And yes, we could easily be confused. For one thing, one of the other Emma Barnes's books are continually cropping up on my author page on Goodreads. And because of the way Goodreads works, plus the fact that the other Emma Barnes is very prolific, there is not much I can do about it. I'd have to be constantly checking and messaging Goodreads asking them to untangle our titles.
This other Emma Barnes happens to write erotica. Which, given that I write children's books, is a bit unfortunate for me.
(By the way, I haven't actually read them. But the titles and the covers make it pretty clear.)
So, to get things completely straight:
1) I do not write erotica.
It doesn't end there however.
For there is yet another Emma Barnes, writer, and this one has actually published children's books. In her case these are self-published pony stories. I don't write pony stories, but I do write for what is probably a similar age-group. It's a bit unfortunate we share a name, as readers might well confuse us (especially as, according to her Amazon bio, we actually live in the same part of the UK).
So to make things even clearer:
And while I'm thinking it over, I realise there is yet another possible source of confusion. Not a writer this time, but a publisher - the Managing Director of Snowbooks is called Emma Barnes. And we have definitely been confused – I have been congratulated more than once on speeches or events that actually relate to the other Emma Barnes.
3) I am not a publisher
How do I feel about all this? Well, as Shakespeare said... "What's in a name...” Let's hope he knew what he was talking about. It's not ideal that readers may confuse my books with these other titles which have nothing to do with me. But let's trust readers to see beyond a name. At the end of the day, I don't think it's really worth worrying. In this new era of self-publishing and e-books, I suspect this sort of thing happens all the time. As writers we may as well just relax, because, at the end of the day, there's nothing we can do about it.