People share names with best-selling authors like Dan Brown and James Frey

By Keith Staskiewicz
November 06, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST

What’s in a name? Everything, if you happen to share it with a best-selling author. James N. Frey has been publishing books since 1984, but that doesn’t stop him from being mistaken for that other James Frey. ”I even had friends calling me, congratulating me on my success,” he says, “and telling me that they never knew that I was an addict.” Then there’s Stephanie Meyer, the editor of a teen literary magazine, and Daniel James Brown, a nonfiction writer who would rather be credited as Dan Brown. ”I’ll tell you what you do,” Brown says. ”You start thinking it’d be nice if our royalty checks got mixed up in the mail.”