This is an announcement of my new pen name–
–and a quick question-and-answer about it.
Q: What Do We Call You?
A: The A stands for several names I’ve gone by offline. If that’s how you know me, then continue on. Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism are familiar with how that works.
The L stands for “Lynn”, which I use in a variety of places. It sticks better than many of the nicknames used for me.
No one calls me “Al”. So you’re aware, I might not recognize it or “A.L.” when called out in a crowded room. Addressing me by the full name of “A.L. Blacklyn” or by the last name is fine. Either way.
Q: What Does It Mean?
A: “Blacklyn” is two family names smashed together for one that sounds better to me and the kind poll-takers on Twitter. My hope is to suit the grumpy urban fantasy, mournful science fiction, and twisted folktale-inspired stories that make up most of my work.