The great musical producer George Martin’s death last week apparently led to rumours that the other George Martin – the one with the same middle initials as Tolkien – had also met his demise.
Of course George R R Martin is very much alive. Still, that underscores the point that people with the same names often get conflated.
There are a lot of people with the same name as me who write, for instance. I know this because my books and theirs get muddled up on Goodreads, Amazon and everywhere else. Google think a lecturer at the University of Exeter wrote some of my key material.
It’s happened outside the virtual world too. I’ve written a couple of New Zealand railway books and a few years back somebody else with the same name as me also wrote one. I discovered it when I got a call from a bookshop wondering how they could source ‘my’ new book.
As it happens, my publications list is on public record – here. That’s the official list, and there is no other.
My main concern, of course, is that my name is really common – there are 42 Matthew Wrights on the New Zealand electoral lists alone (I know, I rang the Chief Electoral Officer to find out). That’s quite apart from the monolithic number on Facebook. And what happens if one of the other Matthew Wrights does something heinous?
Back in 2013 there were reports of a 20-year old Matthew Wright dressing as an Oompa Loompa and beating people up in a British street.
- The luck I have, I’ll be the one tarred with any deed.
I always knew I should’ve used a pseudonym. Or added a lot of middle names, preferably starting with the letter ‘R’. I think that’s the key to great fantasy writing, and possibly the more of them you have, the better the book will sell, though I may be wrong there. Matthew R R R R R R R R R R R Wright? Why not…
Meanwhile, don’t forget to jump across to Facebook and click ‘like’ on my author page – that’s MY author page, not the 8,996,393 other author pages with the same name: https://www.facebook.com/MatthewWrightNZ/
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