At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, I was asked why my books sometimes have the name "Jeffrey J. Mariotte" on the cover, and sometimes "Jeff Mariotte." The con was crowded and busy, so I gave a quick, facile answer, but the real reason is somewhat more complicated. Today, reviewing a press release, I had to think again about which name to use, so I thought I'd explain the whole thing here.
My first professional fiction sale, the story "The Last Rainmaking Song" in the prestigious science fiction anthology Full Spectrum, was under the Jeffrey J. Mariotte name. Several years later, when I began writing comic books, my theory was that for comics I'd use the shorter, more casual Jeff Mariotte, and preserve Jeffrey J. for prose fiction.
But then it turned out that my first published novel, Gen13: Netherwar (written with Christopher Golden), was a tie-in novel based on comic book characters I had written as Jeff. I decided to stick with Jeff for that one, so fans of the comic could more easily find the novel.
That book led to other tie-in work--a second Gen13 novel, Buffy and Angel books, and more. Because I now had a publishing credit as Jeff, I stuck with that for the other tie-in books. Somewhere along the way, I decided that I would preserve Jeffrey J. Mariotte for original work, and Jeff Mariotte for tie-in work and comics.
Except then I sold the Witch Season quartet to Simon and Schuster. These were teen horror novels intended to appeal to the readers of my Buffy and Angel books--which had been published as Jeff. In order to hang onto those readers, I published the Witch Season books as Jeff, too. When S&S reissued them under the Dark Vengeance title, we kept the name Jeff on them.
So now it's even more complex. Original works for adults, like Season of the Wolf, the Border Trilogy, The Devil's Bait, and The Slab, are by Jeffrey J. Mariotte. Licensed fiction like Star Trek: The Folded World, whether for adults or teens, and comics, are by Jeff Mariotte. Original young adult books are by Jeff Mariotte.
Under either name, I like to think you'll find the same good writing, the same attention to quality storytelling, the same compelling plots and intriguing characters. There is some method to the name madness; it's just a little bit convoluted.
Okay, maybe more than a little bit.