Deborah Reed started writing in 2011 under the pen name Audrey Braun to avoid the genre writer label.
The UCLA Extension professor felt authors that wrote thrillers or science fiction novels, like her, were stigmatized as lesser kinds of writers than those that wrote literary fiction. Thus she used the last name Braun, the German counterpart to her birth name, Brown.
Reed, who has since co-directed Black Forest Writing Seminars at the University of Freiburg in Germany, said she now embraces both literary and genre fiction and considers herself an author of both. – Daily Bruin, November 1, 2015
Image Source: Daily Bruin; Andrew Reed