I’ve heard several writers lately talk about their Pseudonym, or their pen name; and, I really don’t see the point of it. I can understand if you’re trying to hide your identity from the government for spewing forth negative things, or revealing government or military secrets, but for fiction? For non-fiction? I just don’t understand.
I’ve heard of cases where writers who have a pseudonym become more famous under their pen name then their actual name. Then, if they want to change genres or something of the sort, they end up having to start over again. This certainly does not appeal to me.
I suppose, in some cases, a writer could be a shy about writing erotica; or they don’t want people to view them as dark and evil for writing novels as such. But, if that’s who you are as a writer then why hide it? Why try to hide who you really are behind a fake name?
The only other reason I can think of for having a pen name would be to come up with a more memorable or clever name. Perhaps a name that will stick with readers.
Have you ever considered writing under a pseudonym? Do you know anyone who does, and why? If you did write under a pseudonym, what would it be?