On Friday, the literary world in Spain was turned on its head after the acclaimed female crime thriller author “Carmen Mola” was revealed to be the pseudonym of three men when awarded a coveted book prize.
When taking the state at the Planeta awards on Friday, television scriptwriters Agustín Martínez, Jorge Díaz, and Antonio Mercero shocked guests, including Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia, when they said that the crime author does not exist, according to CNN.
Mola’s agent describes the writer on their website as a “Madrid-born author” writing under a pseudonym in an attempt to remain anonymous. The website also features a number of photos of an unknown woman looking away from the camera.
“In previous interviews with Spanish media, Martínez, Díaz and Mercero had presented Mola as a female university professor who lived in Madrid with her husband and children,” according to CNN.
Following the revelation, Spain’s El Mundo newspaper reported: “It is not lost on anyone that the idea of a university professor and mother of three, who teaches algebra classes in the morning and, in the afternoon, writes novels of savage and macabre violence has been a good marketing operation.” more