She tries not to take it personally. She’s no stranger to stage names and she understands the need for a distinctive, memorable nom de plume. Still, his decision stings a little.
Perhaps it’s the symbolism. Another reminder, as though she needs it, that her son is largely a self-made man.
She tells herself that it’s a necessity of his chosen career, not a rejection of his mother. She’ll get used to it.
Fortunately Richard Edgar Castle is as badly behaved as Richard Alexander Rodgers ever was, which gives his mother plenty of opportunity to practice his new name, in full.