Keeping it simple with my small batch roasted coffee and cream.
What are you drinking?
I have a funny story. I used to run a poetry reading in the Portland/Metro area. It was a small crowd so I usually knew who was who. I called up a name that I didn’t know and mentioned they must be new to the open mic. All of a sudden this woman who I knew by another name shouts across the room “That’s my pen name” Me being surprised and a little taken aback by this ladies abruptness I just took it in stride.As the reading series went on I would come to find this woman had a never-ending supply of pen names. To this day I can hear that woman yelling across the room like big bertha… What’s in a pen name? Why is it so important to some people?
What’s in a pen name? Why is it so important to some people? I was reminded of this today as I was doing a review for the blog. I was looking up an author’s profile when the profile stated it was a pseudonym and directed me to the author’s original name. This author like the one from my poetry days past seemed to use their pen names as a way to separate genres or categories.
I found out recently even Stephen King has pen names. Authors sometimes end up with contracts with two different companies and have to take a pen name. So they have their place. My concern with pen names is people use them to hide behind what they don’t have the guts to reveal under their own identity.
What is your experience with pen names?