I remember reading that J. K. Rowling was advised by her publisher to brand her book as written by J.K. Rowling rather than Joanne Rowling because it would remove the problem of gender perception.
I have encountered the issue myself. My books have a female protagonist so they are, presumably, only suitable for girls to read. ‘Can you recommend any books by male authors that my son might like?’ I am asked by parents…and I am not supposed to respond with, ‘Well, I think he might actually enjoy my books.’
Here is a post from a young author. I found it very interesting. I hope you do too.
If you are in a country other than Australia, I would love to hear if the gender perception issue exists in your country too.
Here’s the link to Will Kostakis’ post.