I have been thinking for awhile that I should clarify my name. My name is Heather Patenaude. I did take my husband's name when I got married. I know for some people this could be confusing, because I talk about being a submissive woman, then I still have my maiden name on my book.
Most people associate a woman who keeps her own name, even after she marries, with the women's movement of the 70's. Women associated with that movement would be considered head strong, independent, and thoroughly annoyed with a woman who would use the word "obey" in her wedding vows.
To clarify: Emotional Purity was first released in 2001, when I was single, under the name: Heather Arnel Paulsen. In May of 2006 when Crossway Books picked up my book; my husband, my agent, my publisher, and I sat in a meeting talking about my name, along with a host of other issues.
As we talked about which name to use we all agreed that Paulsen is much easier to say than Patenaude (pronounced: Pat in aud). We also agreed that since the book was released under Paulsen, that it should stay Paulsen.
My husband agreed and felt this was the best name to use. He, in no way, felt I was dishonoring him by using Paulsen as my book name.
Just wanted to clarify!