art by Megan MacGregor
This is a rather peculiar issue that has been following me around for most of my life. Tonight, it impacted my ability to connect my Facebook page to a Facebook icon on our blog and I’m clueless about how to correct this.
My name at birth was Patricia Janeshutz. I never liked that first name and became the shorter version – Trish. That felt right. My last name was another problem – few people could pronounce it, much less spell it. My first novel was published in 1984 as Trish Janeshutz. By my third novel, I was married and happy to become a MacGregor. Simple. The only possible misspelling with that name was the Mc rather than the Mac. So when my editor asked me to change my name to initials and a last name people could spell and pronounce, I became TJ MacGregor.
At some point during my tenure with Ballantine, I wrote three books located on the fictional island of Tango Key, and became Alison Drake. I wrote non-fiction as Trish MacGregor. I also did some ghostwriting – what’s one more name, right? – and also kept using the TJ MacGregor name for my other fiction.
For IRS purposes, our accountant suggested using my full name: Patricia Janeshutz MacGregor.
In 2010, TOR/Forge Books published Esperanza under Trish J MacGregor. Ghost Key and Apparition followed under that name.
You can see where this is going, right? Straight into the Black Hole of Names. According to Facebook, my user name is https://www.facebook.com/trish.macgregor.7
But when I enter that name anywhere, I receive an error message that the link is broken or the page has been removed. The only way the Facebook icon works is if my Facebook page is open. I’ve scoured the Facebook forums – and a lot of other people have had this same problem- but I haven’t seen any answers. Does anyone have suggestions on how to correct this, short of my becoming someone else??
If the Facebook link works for you, please let me know. And if it doesn’t, do you have any suggestions??