I’ve started writing a creative nonfiction project which I hope can be self-published by the autumn. But I’ve decided already that I’ll be publishing it under a completely different pseudonym, for reasons.
As many of you know, the name I write under–Michelle Athy–isn’t my legal name. Michelle is my middle name. Athy is my real last name. I write under that name for a few reasons. I don’t like my real first name, it’s too distinctive. The name is part of my real name but different enough that it wouldn’t cause issues in Real Life.
I know a lot of romance authors use pseudonyms: Courtney Milan, for instance. And some authors use different pen names for different genres.
I’m hardly an established author by any means, but I have written stories in different genres already and they all used my author name–and most of the things I’m working will be published under Author Name, whenever that may be.
But not this particular memoir/creative nonfiction thing. I haven’t decided what the name will be, but it is an interesting thing–like, do I have to have an email under that name? What about social media? How do I promote the thing without linking Michelle Athy me–which admittedly is pretty easily connected to Real Me if you know where to look–to the thing?
Frankly, the idea of having yet another email and twitter for a pen name I’ll probably only use the once sounds exhausting.
Do you use a pen name? How did you come up with it?