Paving My Author's Road

To Pen Name or Not to Pen Name


Hi everyone!

I’m back for good from my blogging break. And I can’t think of any other way say to welcome back than this:

As for my first post back, today’s post is a “To or Not to’ where I pose a question for readers and writers alike to answer. So far, we’ve spoken our thoughts and feelings about prologues. Also the love triangle trope and romance subplot in novels.

So let’s discuss about pen names. J.K. Rowling has done it. Stephen King has done it. Even I’m thinking about doing it. About getting a pen name. But what name should it be, I have no inkling. Yet it’s a known fact that many authors write both under their real name and a pseudonym. Why? For various reasons.

My reason is that I have children. And I’ve been wondering if they’ll become embarrassed in front of other kids that their mom write romance. And the romance I’m writing is not clean. Another and even more important reason is to differentiate between the genre I’m writing. So if a reader much prefers reading fantasy they can search under my real name to find the fantasies I’ve written. But if they prefer romance they can search under the pseudonym.

What about other authors? Why do they write under a pen name? J.K. Rowling in facts write under two. The author of the famous Harry Potter books is Joanne Rowling. But Ms. Rowling dropped her name and used her initials. If I remembered correctly, her agency/publisher advised her books will sell better. That her fantasy series will gain more interest/sales with the male audience if her name didn’t scream female. She created her second pen name, Robert Galbraith, so that she might try her hand at writing a new genre. So she can write free and clear of her J.K. Rowling reputation. (Didn’t last too long. Once someone discovered she was Robert Galbraith, the sales of ‘his’ crime books shot up).

Stephen King started writing under the pen name Richard Bachman to publish more of his books. But without his Stephen King branding. In other words he didn’t want to limit the amount of his publications. And at the same time not flood the book market with ‘his’ books.

The author who inspired me to think about writing under a pen name was Jessica Clare. Ms. Clare writes under extra names. As Jessica Clare she writes erotic contemporary romance. But she also writes sexy and comedic fantasies and fairy tales under Jill Myles. And sexy, shifter paranormal romances under Jessica Sims.

On that note, what would my pen name be? Recently thought of using using my initials and came up with the name Lana Wilson.

Now to pen name or not to pen name? Why should you or shouldn’t you? Have a favorite author who writes under a pen name? Do you read those works? Do you write under a pen name? Why?

PS Read what author and journalist Anna Maxted says about pen names:

JK Rowling is right –  a pen name is a writer’s best friend

PSS Used a pen name generator and it came up with some names for me. Which one do you like? Find hilarious?:

General Names

Shaun Oscar 165
L. S. Wilkinson
Lidy S. Wiley
Licinio Willoughby
Oscar Shauns
Lilliana Wilkins
Linwood S. 165
Lizzy Lidson

Hard-Hitting Crime Pen Names

L. S. Sharp-Sai
Wilks Lidblood
L. S. Sai-Blackwilks
Liam S. Assassin

Pen Names For Romance Novels

Lindsay Shaunsky
Oscar Shanley
Libby-Anne Quietflower
Liliana Wilkslove

Pen Names For Fantasy Novels

L. Sherrod Wilksington
L. S. Lawrences
Lambert Aston Wilks
L. S. W. Lidshaunwilks

Pen Names for Science Fiction

Lou Wilksbot
L. S. Wizz
Liquy S. Wilks
Liesbeth Venus Wilksatron

Even More Pen Names

Dr Letitia Wilksson
King Lucy Wilk
Lida Shaunie Wilkser
Oscar McShaun
Lisa Sharlay Quietkins
Sheridan S. Assassin-165
Shaun O’Shannon
Oscar Lidie Wiles
Sherwood Wilksers