Friday, August 20, 2010

Try your hand . . . pen names

Okay I admit that my reason for this topic is probably going to offend someone.

I don't like my name and havn't since I was a teen. Sorry mom and dad, I just don't like it. Enough to consider a legal name change at one point in time. One of the appeals as a writer has allways been the fact that I could write something and use a pen name. That I could literally be "some one else".

I have played with many pen names through out the years and either kept them for a while and or discarded them when it was time.

I even created a pen name that I ended up liking so much that I eventually used it as a character name. Oh well so much for that one.

So. . . . . I bet you are wondering if I disliked my name so much why my blog, twitter etc. uses my given legal name and why I don't change it.

Well to be honest I'm a chicken and didn't want to offend those two people that gave me my name. Second, I was writing for the LDS market at the time and they don't like the idea of pen names so I established my presence on the internet using my legal name. Besides, I guess it's not such a bad name afterall. :)

My question to you is do you use a pen name or have you considered it? If so, why?


Shari said...

Yes, I have considered it, but haven't come up with anything I like. It's all because my name is boring. It doesn't have a nice ring to it like some authors, but I imagine I'll just keep it in hopes that people will be able to remember a boring name.

Hope you and your sweet little one are doing well.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

I considered it mainly because there are so many that have my name. But when I actually sold a book and had the choice placed before me, I chose my name. I wanted to see it on an actual book. Now, I'm in a dilemma. My publisher bought a romantic suspense from me and wants me to use a pen name because I've switched genres. Now I'm back to thinking up pen names.