Okay I’m just going to lay this out plain and simple.
I am Airicka and I am Morgana. So far this fact has not confused anyone, because I haven’t concealed that fact. Right from the start, I made my readers aware of my decision. Why? Because I respect my readers. I respect their desire not to read something they don’t want, something they’re not comfortable with. For many, swearing and steam is just not their cup of tea and I respect that. That’s why I direct them to safe, clearly written for Young Adult, Airicka.
I have never made it a secret that I would in the future up my heat level. I knew from the day I published Touching Smoke that someday, I would write something to reach my more mature audience and now that time has come. Now, not a lot of authors will agree with me. Some have done perfectly fine merging their YA with their Adult and it’s worked for them. It’s worked for their readers and I’m happy for them. For me, it’s a matter of principle.
I know I’ve made a post such as this already, but that one only described why I was transferring my New Adult book, Octavian’s Undoing, under Morgana Phoenix. In this post, I want to go a little more in depth with my decision. Including points.
1) My #1 reason will always be because I refuse to willingly and knowingly put my New Adult and Adult novels in the hands of my 14 year old readers. It will not happen. Not if I can prevent it. As a mother of girls, I can fully appreciate not wanting that kind of material in the hands of my child. Morgana is an outlet for me to write all the things I won’t write in my YA novels. And I very seldom hold back. So appropriate for anyone under 18? Uh, yeah, absolutely NOT!
2) Branding/Marketing. What’s that? Well, there’s a really good post about both here that you should check out. But the long and short of it is that from a business perspective, it just made good sense.
I won’t lie, it is insanely difficult trying to be two people while still being one person, but it’s a task I’m willing to take on because it’s very important to me that when my readers see the name on the cover, know instantly which kind of book they’re holding.
That said, Touching Eternity, the prequel to the Touch Saga will remain under Airicka Phoenix even though I strongly recommend it to readers 18+ and only because it is a prequel and a spinoff of the series and let’s face it, it would just not make sense to have the whole series under one name and Touching Eternity under another. Right? Right.
So, quick recap:
Airicka Phoenix = Young Adult
Morgana Phoenix = New Adult & Adult
That all said and done, if you haven’t already, be sure to add Morgana and Airicka to your watch lists as they will promote upcoming releases, teasers and giveaways.