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My Name Isn't Kathryn Sparrow

Hi, my name isn't Kathryn Sparrow. That's my pen name. When I first started writing I decided to publish under a pen name for a variety of reasons. For one, I was a mother of young children. I know some people can be judgmental of writers of explicit romance. I didn't want someone to judge my kids or worse, not allow their kids to play with my kids because of what I wrote. I don't share this writing with my children or any others.

Another reason I chose a pen name is that I didn't want to worry about my writing being connected to my day job. I did my writing in my free time and it was completely unrelated to the company I worked for.

Fast forward and it's 2019. A time when we are learning about how foreign powers manipulated the US election by using false accounts on social media. As an American, I am appalled and scared by what has happened. Especially the fact that people are denying what happened in spite of the evidence.

It became clear to me that I needed and need to speak out. To talk about the evidence and the things I have observed. But, then the question became what venue should I use to speak out. As Kathryn, I have a presence on Social Media. I could write and post thoughts on her established accounts.

But, was it disingenuous to post about people using false identities in what is essentially a false identity?

On the other hand, I really have no interest in developing a social media presence in my real name. From a practical perspective, I would essentially be required to generate double the content and that sounded daunting. I'm not a quick writer. In fact, I think of myself as the tortoise from the Tortoise and the Hare. Slow and steady.

So instead I've decided to start a new blog for this endeavor and connect it to Kathryn's accounts. I am also owning up to the truth. I am not Kathryn. It's my pen name. I am a real person who lives in New England. If you are skeptical, good. Be skeptical. Of me and everyone else you see on social media. Take the time to validate things you read. Learn who speaks in facts and who manipulates others.

I hope you'll read what I have to say even though you don't know my real name. I often feel like I see things from a different perspective that others would find interesting or at least would give everyone more to think about.

So here we go. A new blog. I plan to talk about the world as I observe it. The questions I am pondering and ideas I am considering. Feel free to leave comments, we can learn from each other.

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