A few years ago, when I started writing short stories, I had no idea how they would be received. I was writing out-there noir and horror, and as a professional editor, I didn’t want to alienate moderate writing clients. Throw in concern about a stalker at the time, and I was very edgy about my name popping up all over the internet. So I took on a pseudonym; “Anonymous-9” had a nice ring to it.
I submitted my first story to Thuglit and got accepted in Issue 21. Since then, Anonymous-9 won Spinetingler’s Best Short Story on the Web 2008, and was nominated again in 2009. Two Derringer noms happened in the same time frame, as well as a nominatiion for a Thriller award, determined by a judging panel of the International Thriller Writers. To the judges and sponsors of these competitions, I remained completely anonymous–they had no idea I was Elaine Ash.
An e-collection of short stories is coming soon. As of the date of this posting, HARD BITE, the novel is still a work in progress. http://www.anonymous-9.com
The Anonymous-9 signature was designed by dMix. Isn’t it perfect?