I write this out of part anger, but moreso out of being proud of myself:
About 99% of what I've accomplished, I've done going against odds.
Being related and having my last name has been a road block for me, not
an open road. I don't (or very rarely) write science fiction/fantasy. I
think only once have I used a connection that remained from my father's
day; but I knew almost nobody in the business, and those few I did know, I never asked favors of, I never kissed anyone's ass.
I just write what I wanna write. I've gotten offers (bigger offers) to
write SF&F, or to do spin-offs of my father's work, but always said
no with two exceptions, and the only two times I said yes, I got fucked
out of thousands of dollars.
I've written under other names,
but a part of me thought, Why the hell should I bother doing this? I
mean, I'm me, and I'm my own self; I write the stuff I wanna write, and I
want credit for the stuff I write, good or bad. I have very little
connection to my father's estate, and only have a fraction of a percent
of the connections my father had, and even those connections are, for
the most part, useless.
People have attempted to use me over
and over again, with promises about doing this or that with my own work,
solely in hopes of obtaining property of my father's ("Listen, do you
want to be president of Texaco oil?" "Sure!" "Then clean up the sink in
there." "And then I'll be president of Texaco oil?"). Not every time,
but almost every time, it comes up. But while on one hand I'm tired and
fed up with being tied to the Zelazny name in my professional life, I
also don't wanna go out and pretend to be somebody I'm not. People pay
me to lie, but I want to lie with honesty.
How many authors
have the last name King? Right, so there just happens to be more than
one author with the last name Zelazny. Woopty freaking doo.