From Today News:
British author Jessica Blair released the 22nd book in her popular series of romance novels on Thursday, but the most surprising thing about the book might be the writer’s true identity: Jessica Blair is actually 89-year-old Bill Spence.
The grandfather and prolific writer is making headlines this week after the release of “In the Silence of the Snow,” written under the female pseudonym he has used on nearly two dozen books since 1992
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“Well when I first wrote the first Jessica Blair novel, ‘The Red Shawl’, it was submitted under my own name,” he told a podcast on the U.K.’s Southside Broadcasting at the time. “The publishers said ‘We like this book but we would like to publish it under a female name. Would you mind if we published it under Jessica Blair?’ Well, you don’t say no to publishers.”
Spence said he never minded his publisher’s decision, and agreed it was good for the success of the books. “The chief character is a woman, and ladies buy more books and read more books than men do,” he told Southside. “So it was a marketing ploy, really.”
In order to come across as a convincing female author, Spence said he often double-checked his work with the women in his family.
Link to the rest at Today News and thanks to Eric for the tip.