"I've heard of pet names before!" you may be shouting helpfully thinking I have drank just a wee bit too much tonight. (No one names a pen anything unless it cost over $500 or is otherwise holy in the world of pen kind.) No, fellow literature enthusiasts, I mean pseudonyms.
Awhile back, a talented writer acquaintance brought up pen names. Her name--at least her first--is extraordinarily ordinary where she is from. She would like to have something with a more unique flavor and I can totally empathize. Do you want to know how many Jennifer Jacksons roam this planet? Too many. Especially too many for wanting to stand out. I'm like a glob of mayonnaise nestled happily inside a cloud, off-white, at best, on white. While the aforementioned writer came up with what I thought was a totally awesome pseudonym... yeah.
Pseudonyms can cause trouble at times for writers. It can be harder to validate credentials if you have a pen name so different that it could almost tap your given name on the shoulder from behind. It also means it is easier for someone ELSE to claim they are you.
**And don't even get me started on switching your maiden name over when you are a female author using your real name.**
My real hope is that my work speaks for itself but if-- and it's a big if-- someone wants to remember the person behind the work, what is there to do? Do I start over with what career I have and use a different name or do I keep going in my cloudy, mayonnaise shellacked sky and hope for the best?
What are your thoughts on pseudonyms?
Remaining (for now),