I make no secret of the fact that I write under a pseudonym. There were a few reasons I chose this route, but the largest one was I didn’t want my ultra!religious grandfather Googling his family for funsies and discovering that I write books with swearing, moral ambiguity, and, of course, explicit sex scenes. Granted, there are a few other perks. I love stories with romance, but should I ever decide to pen something more mainstream, I’ll likely do it under something closer resembling my actual name. This will avoid confusing my erotic romance readers, and turning off readers otherwise inclined to buy books in that market.
For many people, pennames are a part of the trade. A good friend and contributor of Romancing the Muses writers her urban fantasy under one name and her steamier stuff under another, but makes no secret of it. Were I ever to attempt a hand at writing something I don’t currently write—ménage, for instance—it likely wouldn’t be under this name.
Pennames go a long way in providing anonymity, and the good news is there are no rules. You can keep your identity a secret, as Stephen King attempted with Richard Bachman, or be open about it, like JA Saare. People have any number of reasons to write under a different name. Want to try something different? Now’s as good a time as any!
Magic Seasons Romance Book 2 is out!
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