This is how you see me, no?
To everyone on here I am known as Jack. Only a few of you know my real name, and you've been wonderful sports about it and have kept it top secret. I think I've explained the reason behind the pen name by now. But just as a reminder, and for those who might not know...
My real name isn't Jack. Nor is my middle name Lewis or my last name Baillot. All of these names I borrowed or was given. (I borrowed Lewis and Baillot, which I was known by for a while before I was given the name Jack.)
Why do I call myself Jack? Rather why did I accept the nick name, adopt it as my pen name, and keep my real name top secret? Why do I hide my face in pictures? WHY AM I SO WEIRD?!
First...I wanted to stand out when I started on the publishing road. I didn't want to be another self-published Author no one remembered. So I stole a trick from Lemony Snicket, little knowing the world knows his real name. (Or the Author's name...or..you get the idea.) hid my face. I hid my name. And it worked. It was a marketing scheme in part, in another part...I've always wanted to be a spy and this seemed as close as I could get.
Second...why am I so weird? Who knows.
Over the years I told my real name to some of my closest online friends. Others found out when things had to be mailed to me. I might have revealed it to someone else under torture....you know...enemies and all that. But some of my friends who found out my name were surprised. Something about it not fitting me, it being a name they never would have guessed...something like that.
And it got me thinking, along with the fact I'm not sure how much longer I can keep this up. Someday, maybe soon, I might have to reveal my real name. Maybe. I am going to try as long as possible not to....but things happen.
Until then, before then....just in case that does happens, I thought it would be fun to hold a guessing game.
In other words, I'm curious to know what all of you think my real name is...those who don't know.
What do you think? Sound fun? I think I'll have the guess game open for a week. Until next Friday. (And no, I won't reveal my real name at the end of the week. Like I said, I'm only sharing it if I have to. And right now I don't have to. So ha!)
And there...that is....my challenge?
You can begin guessing.
As for me, I'm going to spend my Friday nights as I usually do....tucked safely in my flat with tea and a good book. Or Doctor Who.