It turns out that a m/m author who has long used a masculine name turns out to be a white, cis, heterosexual woman.
On one hand, it’s been made abundantly clear — in mainstream publishing — that using a masculine name will get an author vastly more attention from publishers and editors. So a pseudonym, eh, whatever.
On the other hand, this author assumed the persona of a gay man in her social media, which is more than just using a pen name. I’d have to hunt for it, but I’m pretty sure there are posts or comments at various venues online (perhaps gone now but for The Way Back Machine?) in which the author writes about her partner and the impact of legalizing gay marriage, etc. This author has long been pointed to by other m/m authors and readers as a successful gay man in the m/m industry, which is largely written by and for straight women. The author never corrected those assertions and profited from them even as LGBT readers/writers voiced frustration with appropriation by non-LGBT authors.
Basically, this boils down to disclosure for me.
If I had hard copies of any of her books, I’d be tossing them right now. As it is, I’ll be deleting files from my laptop and Kindle, which doesn’t really give the same feeling of satisfaction.
Disclosure: I liked the Adrien English series, but other work by this writer has been hit or miss for me, and I stopped buying her work because I thought her pricing was ridiculous. I refuse to pay $3.99 for a 20 page story. Beyond that, I read very little m/m any longer for a variety of reasons that I’m not sure I could articulate coherently. So this isn’t a reader flouncing off in a huff; it’s an observer who is just grossly offended by the lack of respect an author showed for her readers and others, first in her behavior FOR YEARS and second in the way she blows people off in her “coming out” post.