I’ve been working on “owning” the name and feeling like Wade is me, is who I am as an author. Most authors have pen-names or pseudonyms, so it should not surprise you that Wade is my chosen alias / pen-name / pseudonym. I have talked to some authors and they have a different name for every genre they write. I don’t know if I would go that far, but I do think that have a couple different names you write under is not a big deal.
I’ve talked about it oodles of times recently, but I feel that one last hurrah is necessary and then I can refer back to this blog when people ask. Why Wade? I ask, why not? In the scheme of things were names are concerned it is not uncommon any longer to have names cross the gender lines. It used to be that girls would spell and name one way and a boy spelled it a different way. Erin/Aaron, Carrie/Cary, Terrie/Terry, Carole/Carroll, Marti/Marty, Gail/Gale, Jo/Joe … But then times change and people use the same name, same spelling for boys AND girls. And I am not referencing names I have only heard about, I am now sighting names I know people by personally in both genders. Hunter, Devon, Logan, Shannon, Taylor. (as well as a Dana and a Kelly in both genders) So yeah, names can go either way nowadays.
So yeah… I’m Wade. Wade Kelly. Nice to meet you!
Nutshell: I picked Wade because of an 80s TV show called Sliders. Wade Wells was the female character. And Kelly because I like the name Kelly. (And I like the Irish.) Hence the name was born, but it took a while for it to feel like ME. I used to be someone else. When I started writing, I used to introduce myself by a name that wasn’t my real first name just to mess with people. The name stuck and I started under that pseudonym. (I’m not writing it in a blog. The link is on my website.) Anyway, I got published, shit happened in 2010, and I changed my name to Wade.
I am featured on Aisling Mancy’s Blog today in an interview where I talk more about ME, and MY NAME, and my writing, and why I write etc…. Please stop by. I also list my favorite scene in The Cost of Loving! (You know you want to know what it is.) I am feeling like this is more me now. I think I can even get past saying, "Hi. I'm Wade," without it feeling weird. It's a good feeling!
The Cost of Loving hit #31 before I went to bed last night (at 11:30pm) on Amazon’s Best Sellers List for Best Gay Romance. Also, it was ranked #26 on the List for Hot New Releases. I think that is pretty darn good for ONE DAY of sales.
Copied from Amazon (TCOL):
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #19 in Books > Gay & Lesbian > Literature & Fiction > Fiction > Romance
- #22 in Books > Gay & Lesbian > Literature & Fiction > Fiction > Gay
- #27 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Romance > Gay Romance
As of 6:22 am 8/17/13, The Cost of Loving was #21 in the Dreamspinner Best Seller List! Amazing to me to have broken into the best sellers in just one day! The Cost of Loving is #28 on Amazon’s Best Sellers List for Best Gay Romance, and ranked #24 on the List for Hot New Releases. This is a real testimony to how awesome my fans are! You all are so dedicated and tenacious and adoring that I cannot get over it. Thank you all so much from all of my heart! I promise to bring you more stories! I will. I am on a more regimented writing schedule than ever before. I desire to finish writing these stories because they not only bring me joy to write, but it also brings me great joy to hear how they have affected all of you! Thank you so much! I need you all.
You have read in the previous blog one of my favorite reviewer reviews of TCOL, (Tina’s review on The Novel Approach), but here is the first review from a reader, not a “reviewer”….
Aug 16, 13
5 of 5 stars
Read in August, 2013
This sequel to When Love Is Not Enough (Unconditional Love, #1) was worth the wait. Wade Kelly has done an amazing job of making Matt & Darian come to life for me. I feel like I know them personally. Once again my heart was ripped out of my body and I enjoyed every minute of it. I love books that touch me on a raw emotional level and both of these books did that for me. Highly recommend these books!!!!
Again, than you all for everything!! If you haven’t already seen or read them, I have been interviewed this week a couple times (different questions), and I also have a review on Mrs. Condit Reads. Check out my interviews and reviews and blog spotlights and remember to comment. There are giveaways involved.
From August 13, 2013 – Mrs. Condit and Friends
From August 15, 2013 – The Novel Approach
From August 16, 2013 – Joyfully Jay
From August 17, 2013 – Aisling Mancy
Thank you all for stopping by and giving me one of the best weeks in history! :)
I have often referenced the song by All Time Low- Weightless, and I think I have to again. The Lyrics state, “Maybe it’s not my weekend, but it’s gonna be my year…” Well, this IS MY WEEKEND. This is my WEEK! And it is because of all of you! Thank you so so so so much!