Multi-Genre and Pairing Authors by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985)

Hi everyone,

nativetongueI have a question: what are your thoughts on authors that write in multiple genres and pairings under the same pen name? Does it bother you? Will you still read that author? Will you just pick and choose what genres/pairings from that particular author that you like? Or do you read anything and everything from your favourite authors, no matter what they write?

I’d really love your opinion on this. I’m asking because there seems to be no standard in the publishing industry. I “know” lots of authors because of the wonder that is social media, and some of them (myself included) write lots of different things under the same pen name, whereas others create new pen names when they branch out into something new.

statelypleasures (2)I wouldn’t say I write different genres, exactly, because so far I’ve only written erotica and erotic romance. Though I write in lots of subgenres; contemporary, paranormal, femdom, maledom, BDSM, etc, etc… but I do write different pairings. It’s waaay too late for me to start splitting those up now, and I wouldn’t, anyway, because it’s hard enough work maintaining various websites and social media accounts for a single author name, let alone adding more to the equation. I just make sure to emphasise genres and pairings when promoting new releases, and I always put that information on my website. I can’t control what details my publishers put on their websites and third party retailers, but wherever I can, I make the information available. So hopefully I’m providing my readers with the details they need to ensure they’re only buying books they’re interested in.

SweetSpotSo, what are your thoughts on this? Do you wish authors would use different aliases, or doesn’t it bother you?

Also, just for the record, if I moved into something like crime fiction or mainstream romance, I would start a new pen name. But while it’s remotely smutty, I’m sticking with this one 😉

Happy Reading,

Lucy x


Author Bio:

Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more at Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at:

4 Responses to Multi-Genre and Pairing Authors by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985)

  1. Great question, Lucy. Well, I write under my own name, so everything I write, and as you know I write all sorts of smutty stuff, it’s under Doris O’Connor.

    It’s normally pretty clear from the cover/blurb etc what genre/pairing the story is, and if my readers mind they certainly haven’t told me. In fact, some of them started reading shifters, for instance, because I write a lot of them, and are now hooked on the genre, so it’s all good.

    As a reader myself, it certainly doesn’t bother me. I read what I like from that author, and not the books that don’t appeal.

    Simplez 😀

    Mind you, if I suddenly took a notion to writing children’s books or YA, then I would have to adopt a pen name to protect innocent eyes, but I can’t see that happening any time soon. My muse is far too dirty for that 😛

  2. It’s an interesting question. I write degrees of erotic – from what I’d call a little spicy, to full-on romantic erotica. So far all have been penned under my (real) name Jennifer Lynne and I plan to continue that way. I think as long as you have a clear blurb that shows the pairing or heat level, then readers can pick and choose what they like. I’m also in the early stages of putting together a “sweet” series for a younger audience, and in that instance will likely publish under the name Jen Katemi. I’m not keeping them a secret or hiding that I write under both names, but hopefully it will provide a clear delineation for readers between my erotic and sweet works. I can’t imagine anything more time-consuming – and confusing – than having to create a new pen name every time I change the pairing or heat level in my sexy books! 🙂