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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Never Gonna be Big in Iceland

Never Gonna be Big in Iceland

So, I’m on Twitter, and I see this post come up with my name and website:

Salerni Toilet

I put the sentence through Google translator — which identified the language as Icelandic — and got this translation.

The new favorite author of mine is definitely Dianne K. toilet.

I double-checked, putting in just my last name, and yup. It’s true. Salerni is the Icelandic word for toilet.

How unfortunate.Β confused-face

30 Responses to Never Gonna be Big in Iceland

  1. Hilary says:

    How funny … oh gosh – well you have to laugh … at least it’s not China?!

    No wonder car makers have so much difficulty with names of cars … blame your hubby please!! But don’t change it – Salerni is a good name …

    Cheers Hilary

  2. OMG that’s hilarious!!! Hey, maybe that’ll be what makes you big there…people will be so amused, they’ll tell others about it and they’ll learn about your books.

  3. mshatch says:

    Oh, dear. But Stephanie does make a good point… πŸ™‚

  4. How weird. But what can you do?

  5. Well, that was a mixed blessing! And yeah, a bit funny. Like Stephanie says, use it to your advantage.

  6. Maria says:

    It’s memorable at least.

  7. I agree with the memorability factor. I’m sure you can find a way to have fun with it when you tour Iceland.

  8. I’m chipping in with the others – it’s a name no one there is going to forget, especially kids.
    If it helps, my last name means rubbish or trashy dirt in German.

  9. Tiana Smith says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha!!!

  10. OMGoodness. That is so funny. I’m sorry. It is unfortunate–but hey you do have a fan.

  11. Angela Brown says:

    I’m at a loss for words lol!

  12. Carey says:

    That cracked me up something fierce on this Monday morning.

  13. Robin says:

    Oh my goodness, that is funny, Mr. And Mrs. ToiletπŸ˜‰

  14. Rosalyn says:

    That is hilarious! (And a bit unfortunate). The author clearly seemed to like your book in spite of the name, though. πŸ™‚

    • DianneSalerni says:

      I am positive he hasn’t read any of my books. He must have stumbled across my website somehow and was making a joke about my name. It is pretty funny though.

  15. One thing for sure, you are essential no matter what language is being used. πŸ™‚

  16. ChemistKen says:

    I guess it could have been worse. Now you’ll just have to come up with an appropriate marketing campaign.

  17. Lexa Cain says:

    Hahaha! That’s awful but so funny! And at least you’re his fave author anyway. πŸ˜‰

  18. J E Oneil says:

    Oh no! What a horrible coincidence! What are the odds your last name would translate to toilet!

  19. Anna says:

    I’m sorry to hear this but I will make you very memorable. Change you icon to a commode and roll with it. Sorry that just came out of nowhere. πŸ™‚

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  20. RO says:

    YIKES! This is too funny, and super interesting! Totally adore blogs like this! Hugs…RO

  21. Bwahahahahah! I think this calls for some rebranding, eh? Whew! That’s epic. Thanks for the laugh.

  22. Sorry for laughing at your pain, but that’s too funny. Guess you have a new impetus for a pen name!

  23. Alyssa Jordan says:

    Please write more for the eighth day series I love the plot and everything else and if you don’t I will never pick up a book again please I love reading

  24. Alyssa Jordan says:

    Keep us posted in the making of the eighth day

  25. Alyssa Jordan says:

    When will the next books on the eighth day be ready I am stressed because books is the way I entertain myself

  26. Sooooo…how exactly does one pronounce that? πŸ™‚

  27. I am so sorry for laughing so hard at this. >_<

  28. This did give me a chuckle (sorry). But- at least you are his new favorite author. πŸ™‚