DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN?
Some of you know about the losing battle surrounding my name, Todd Newton, and some of you perhaps do not. If you've ever watched the Game Show Network, you're probably well aware of the prominent host of the *new* Press Your Luck, among other things, has the same name as me. Well, not the exact same name - he goes by Todd Newton but his actual name is James Todd Newton (according to his Wikipedia entry).
Partly because of this and partly because it's a common thing for authors to do, I've been playfully going by T.D. Newton for awhile now (at least on Facebook, IM, and blogs). Well, I have discovered that not even this is safe for me.
Today, based on this post from Guide to Literary Agents, I decided to make a Google Alert for my name. Not much came back linking "Todd" with "Newton" directly, so I decided to search for my authornym (I'm coining this phrase as of now). Guess what I found?
Apparently there is a prominent physicist in Canada that goes by, you guessed it, T. D. Newton. What the hell? Is there no justice in the world?
I haven't yet started receiving fan mail for these impostors, and it's not that I think people will mistake me for them, but my only real recourse is to go by my "full" name (Todd David Newton) which has it's own interesting Google Search Results. Apparently David Newton is a popular name.
"Todd Newton" may not be a name that strikes fear in the hearts of evildoers, but it is still mine. I guess I'll have to make the best of it.