Wednesday, April 13, 2011
K: Kelley and Other Pen Names
An obvious reason not to use your real name would be another, perhaps more famous, author with the same name. The name, Gourley, though well-known in my little corner of the universe, isn't a concern from me as a writer. I warn any one with the same name not to write books under this famous moniker. Just kidding.
Writers of erotic romance might use a name other than the one on their driver's license if their day job might frown upon their work.
Susan Kelley, for my romance novels and my real name, Susan Gourley, for my epic fantasy series. I wouldn't want a writer to purchase one of my fantasy novels expecting a love story or even a 'happily ever after.'
I won't tell how I decided on the pen name, Kelley, but there is a definite reason. It's not my maiden name though I know authors who use their maiden name for their pseudonym. Do you use a pen name? Did you pick it for a certain reason? What other issues might drive a writer to use a name other than their own?