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Cary Caffrey

You know the Dr. Seuss story, "Too Many Daves?" It's the one with the woman who has twenty-three kids and she names them all Dave. When she calls out "You-hoo!" she doesn't get one Dave, she gets twenty-three...

Well, that's kind of how it is when you try to google my name. You don't just get one writer (me!), you get twenty-three.

I guess that's what happens when you're cursed with an uncommonly-common, good (solid) Scottish name. In fact, my name is so common amongst writers there's actually another writer out there using both my first and last name. To top it off, he even lived in the same neighbourhood as me, back when I lived in Vancouver. We even had accounts at the same Video Shop. For the record, those were not my late fees, and I always 'rewound' (rewinded?) back when it was necessary to do such things.

It's tough enough battling the ten-million-writer-high slush-pile that is Amazon (welcome to the world of ePublishing). But publishing under a name that's already claimed by scores of writers, lawyers, bricklayers, well, choosing to go with a pen name is pretty simple.

Coming up with a new name, however... Ugghh.

Finding a name I liked, and one that wasn't already used by another writer, wasn't so much of the problem. Finding one where I could still get the dot-com for... well, that proved quite troublesome. Every time I thought I had a winner - nope, taken! Ugh. Ugh.

It took a while, but I finally settled on the good (solid) Irish name of Caffrey. I might be Scottish by name, but (if you believe the rumours/gossip), I'm actually Irish by birth (the illegitimate Irish-born, bastard son of an ex-Quebec Senator, as the story goes). That would explain a lot. Not the Senator part, but the Irish part. Or, maybe the bastard part. I'm not sure. Either way, I definitely have a thing for all-things Irish - particularly the beer and the whiskey. Oh, and the tea is good too.

Parting Notes: If you don't know that Dr. Seuss story, dear gawd, go read some Dr. Seuss!


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  1. This is why I am Heidi RUBY Miller instead of just Heidi Miller--too many of those girls out there. ;)

    Thanks for sharing, Cary!

    :) Heidi

  2. Strange, I never had that problem with my real name or pen name, which is in fact, my real name also. :D Must be the ethnicity of it.

    Nice little post! And, oh-oh! I know your real name!! Heee!!!


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