In Spain, three men took the stage during the awarding of the prestigious Planet Prize to the writer Carmen Mola. They admitted that for a long time it was they who wrote popular thrillers, and not the professor and the mother of three children. informs CNN.
The writers who all this time preferred to publish under the name of a woman are Agustin Martinez, Jorge Diaz and Antonio Mercero. They won a prize of one million euros for the historical thriller The Beast, about the murders of children during the 1834 Madrid cholera epidemic. The main antagonist is a serial killer, hunted by a journalist, police officer and a young woman.
Having received the prize, the authors admitted that they liked anonymity more, but they understood that this deception could not be hidden for a long time, so they decided to confess. According to them, this move was not dictated by marketing reasons. However, the media believe otherwise – the Spanish edition of El Mondo wrote: “It didn’t escape anyone that the idea of a university professor and mother of three who taught algebra in the morning and then wrote super-powerful, creepy novels in her spare time during the day made an excellent marketing operation. “.
Many reacted negatively to this news. “Apart from using a female pseudonym, these guys have been interviewing for years. It’s not just the name, it’s a fake profile that they used to introduce readers and journalists. Scammers, ”said the writer and feminist Beatrice Gimeno. In 2020, Carmen Mola’s works were even included in the list of “feminist readings” in Spain.