Why a pseudonym?

Under my true name, Mandi Konesni, I write mostly romance along with some non-fiction. I’ve always been interested in thrillers and true crime novels, but they’ve never fit in well with what I usually write. 

The stories for The Contagion Effect have been bouncing around in my head for a good while, and I knew I had to find a way to make my two halves mesh. My mother’s maiden name is Gray, and it’s also part of my hyphenated middle name. She recently lost her father, my grandpa. While I wasn’t very close to him over the years, his loss is felt keenly through my mom and her siblings. To honor them all, I chose Gray, to keep the name alive. 

I hope you enjoy seeing a different side of my writing, I’m excited to explore new options!

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