They say, in Their infinite wisdom (), that if you write in wildly different genres you should assume a pseudonym for one or both so that a) your present name, if it's particularly suited to one (e.g. Buck McGrowlerson for westerns), won't look wildly out of place on the other, and b) you don't lose potential readers, who look at your book and say: "This Victorian love story looks good - oh, it's by Buck McGrowlerson. I bet it's full of target practise and desert plains." Would anyone be able to tell me if my two styles are different enough to warrant another name? On the one hand, my main output I've discovered is humorous fantasy, with a historical and rural flavour. Nothing saccharine - it can often be very black, gallows humour, and I'm not afraid of slinging in some gore. For example I've been writing an epic fairytale, in the style of Grimm, and a story about a young woman finding her feet in a village, and a story about a group of girls who reignite their neglected friendship and take down a mafia don who threatens their (again rural) village. They all go together pretty well, I think. Then I've just had an idea involving fictional politicians, set in a very fantastical, graphic-novel-esque world, and while lots of things remain similar - black humour, fantastical elements - I want to execute it in a much more metropolitan, cut-throat way than my usual rosy villages, and I'd use mostly male characters, where in my other books women were always in the lead. So - what are your thoughts? Would it be advisable to assume a male name? Or even just a different female one? I reckon so, but in your opinion, would a reader look at my fairytale and my political thriller-fantasy and go, 'well I've heard her romantic stuff's good, but I don't fancy her take on Westminster'? Any thoughts vastly, vastly appreciated. P.S. I do not intend in any way to use the name Buck McGrowlerson. It was purely for illustrative purposes, and I realise I might be exaggerating somewhat.