My last name for 37 years was/is “Blomeley”. At 37, I married; my groom’s last name was/is “Maddigan”.
What was I to do? I had the name “Blomeley” for so long that I did not want to change it!! My father could not understand that!! He said: “With the numerous times Blomeley has been pronounced and spelled so many different ways, why not take this chance to get rid of it?” My father said that!!
Well, I could not let Blomeley go!! So, I kept it, and in effect doubled my last name. I signed my marriage licence: “Blomeley Maddigan”. Over the years I have added a hyphen now and again – more ‘now’ than ‘again’!! The hyphen seems to help people understand that my first name is not “Blomeley” – or “Maddigan” – it has happened!
So, why I am telling you this? Well, I am an occasional artist – as in abstract art. My works went without a signature on the front, for a number of years. (I did sign the back). What would I sign on a picture? “Patricia Blomeley-Maddigan” ? That’s 24 letters plus one space and one hyphen! Signing that on a piece of art work was almost offensive to the picture!! A couple of years ago, I reached a place where I wanted to sign my pictures. So, after much pondering, I decided on one name only: “Blomeley”, and I am very happy with it. (Signed on a slant up).
However, what if the ‘writer side’ of me leads to publishing? What name? Just ‘Blomeley’ seems inappropriate. But, my 3 name signature on the cover of a book? Somehow that seems too much. It is important to me that I keep ‘Blomeley’ in the picture. So, Patricia Maddigan, does not seem the way to go, (with all apologies to my husband). By the way, my husband was/is open to any name I have/use – thankfully!
And what about a name change? My thought? ‘Patricia James’ !! Within our family ‘James’ exists as a first name, and as a last name – that’s a very brief explanation as to where I had the idea spring from! But then no one would know it was me?! (Vanity? Pride? Maybe!)
So, after encountering a similar dilemma on another blog, this post seemed like an appropriate place to ask:
“What do YOU think? What name would I use on a book cover?”.
All comments will be appreciated!