!!WARNING!! MAXIMUM RIDE FOREVER SPOILER AHEAD!
So, I’ve been using the screen-name Phoenix Martinez-Ride (and variations of it, including both Phoenix Martinez and Phoenix Ride) for well over a year now. I chose this name because I like ‘Phoenix’ and ‘Martinez-Ride’ because if the Max Ride books, which I’m a pretty big fan of.
Last night, since there is very little chance that I will get my hands on the actual book anytime in the near future, I looked up what happened at the end of MRF online. The biggest detail I found was that Fax had a baby, which they named…Phoenix. Which means that the kid’s full name would be Phoenix Ride. Which, as I said, I have been using for a long time.
Now, I’m writing a novel myself, and in it, the main character needs to go in to hiding, and use an alias. I ~was~ going to use 'Phoenix Martinez’. But now I can’t. Because even if Patterson’s character has the last name 'Ride’, she’s still technically a Martinez. Using the name 'Phoenix Martinez’ now would be like calling my character 'Ginny Evans’- not the exact name of somebody else’s character, but a combined name of two characters who are related.