1) My real name is kind of boring. It's common and I've seen more than a few authors with the same last name as me.
2) I write (or plan to write) some pretty graphic stuff. My family may not appreciate being tied to my perversion ... especially my kids.
3) Having an alter ego is fun. I'm not an overly confident person, but it's empowering to hide behind my laptop and be as bold as I've always wanted to be and not fear the backlash that may come from that. In fact, in a lot of ways, being Geri has allowed me to be the real me!
As a Christian man, if Grandfather were to read one of my books, he would likely be appalled, and not overly proud of it's content but he WOULD be proud that I'd done it. He would be proud that I was finally doing what I'd always wanted to do. He is the one that taught me that you can do anything you want to do, no matter how hard it is, as long as you're willing to put in the work and not give up.
If my Poppy were to read any of my books, I'd like to think that he'd be proud as hell. He read nearly as much as I do (mostly westerns) and would recognize the effort and hard work that goes into writing a book. He taught me to love reading from a young age and that lesson has made up a huge part of who I grew up to be.
So, there you have it. My name comes from these two wonderful men, whom I miss with all my heart. I am able to write because of the love and lessons that they gave me growing up, even if the content may make them shake their heads.