Another email today (see yesterday's post on Fans and Phishes.) from someone who obviously just wants my signature. Can someone tell me why?
My wife Mavis gets so much enjoyment from reading your books and she thinks you are a brilliant writer.
Would it be possible for you to send her a signed photograph or bookplate please.
She would be so surprised and delighted, it would really make her birthday extra special.
Thank you and best wishes from
25 Field Drive
This is when I'm glad that - PAY ATTENTION HERE, PHISHERS! - I don't write under my own legal name. Starr Ambrose has no social security number, no bank accounts, and no credit history.
If anyone is ever considering whether to publish under their own name, my advice is DON'T. There are too many people out there willing to take advantage of you.