What have George Eliot, Mark Twain and Anne Rice all got in common? Answer: They’re all pen names.
It’s very common for writers to use a pseudonym, especially if they write for different genres, or are famous in another sense, but I have always wondered how they came up with their name. And, as I wait for a response regarding my most recent completed novel, I am beginning to wonder if I shouldn’t choose a pen name to write under.
I’ve recently come to the conclusion that my heart lies with crime, murder and thrillers, which is where I would like to find fame. But, as many people have pointed out, it is my more steamy, and romantic, scenes that I excel at. The recent book would be classed as an adult / contemporary romance, and I think I’d like to write more erotic-styled novels and novellas. But, do I really want the name Charlotte Howard to be associated with both crime and romance genres? In a word, no.
So here is my dilemma. How do I choose a pseudonym? Answers on a postcard please…