What began as an experiment in seeing if I could write erotica under a pen name after writing as ‘myself’ for several years in a stop-start career, then began to grow over the last six years (at least in my own mind) into something I wanted to try and make a full-time, sustainable career in writing fiction.
I find that I am much happier and able to communicate better when I feel that I’m writing as Ina than I am when writing under my ‘other name’. It’s a weird piece of mindset that I feel stronger as a writer as Ina, less likely to care if I have a bad review (although don’t get me wrong, that’s still pretty horrible), and, most importantly, I feel more able to write as my authentic self using a name I wasn’t born with, married into, or adopted in any other way. What do I mean by that? I simply mean that, as Ina, I feel free to just… create. And to create my way.