Not to long ago I attended a local authors event and started chatting about names...
interestingly enough, a good number of people there were using names different from their given names.
It got me thinking... should I have used a pen name? no - I am too vain. I want my old friends to know that I finally did get that book published. Ten years later, but still!
Here are some fun pen and real names that might surprise you:
Agatha Christie (Mousetrap/Murder on the Orient Express) : Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller - she also wrote romance novels under the name Mary Westmacott
J.K. Rowling (do I even have to say Harry Potter here?): The "K" is made up....she has no middle name and it does not stand for anything
George Eliot (Silas Marner): Mary Ann Evans - yup, this novel was written by a woman who used a man's name to garner some respect back in the day.
George Orwell (Big Brother/1984): Eric Arthur Blair and on the acting side... Cary Grant: Archibald Leach
Rita Hayworth: Margarita Carmen Cansino
Tina Turner: Anna Mae Bullock and the kicker for me...
John Wayne: Marion Morrison - okay, this one you can't blame. Marion the gun slinger doesn't quite have the ring required to send the bad guys running.
Questions: Any others you know of? Do you have a pen name? Considered it? If you were to go with one - what would it be?