What do J.K. Rowling, Ann Rice, Agatha Christie, Lewis Carroll, George Orwell and Ayn Rand have in common? They all use pen names!
Many authors who publish books under pen names have very good reasons for doing so. The following is a list of the most popular reasons authors choose to use pen names:
- Privacy and to preserve anonymity
- Their real name does not flow or is not “catchy”.
- Separate themselves from prejudice in cases of having an “ethnic” name.
- They plan on writing under different genres.
- To sound more “male”. Male authors tend to sell more books.
- They do not like their real name.
- Because we can!
All of these are very good reasons and many of them are the reasons that I choose to use a pen name. My father still owns the property I am writing about and there is a definite need for privacy for the security of the property as well as for my family. I am a female and feel that I will sell more books if my name sounds male. I plan on writing under different genres, so pen names will definitely come in handy. Take for instance, Nora Roberts. She also writes under the pen name J.D. Robb in a different genre. Many popular authors that you have probably read, write under pen names of which you may not be familiar.
If you are so inclined, research the pen name of some popular authors. You might be surprised!
Embry and her best friend, Jenny.
Embry and Fern.
B.G. Sawyer age 3. AKA Embry of A Haunting Remembrance
That question plagued me for two decades. If you read my book, you know that an unhealthy interest in the paranormal and tampering with the occult is what lead to the demonic entities that dwelt in my childhood home. So, knowing that, why on earth would I, a born-again Christian, write about this topic?
For the past several decades, beginning with the movies Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, there has been an increased interest in the occult and the supernatural. I have paid close attention to this phenomenon. There has been an increased interest in angels, spirit guides, meditation, New Age, Satanism, Wicca, ghosts, ghost hunting, haunted houses, psychic phenomenon, Ouija Boards and exorcisms. We live in a world in which the supernatural exists, but the tendency of the world is to focus on and glamorize the evil side of the supernatural realm. Therein lies the dilemma. I have noted that there have been no popular books or movies in the media addressing the topic from an Evangelical Christian, Biblical perspective. Most movies and books follow a specific formula which includes communicating with evil entities through psychic mediums, Ouija Boards and seances, which the Bible strictly prohibits, and the incorporation of the Catholic Church and its exorcism services. Most recently, popular movies portray the demonically oppressed dealing with the phenomenon on their own with no spiritual guidance, whatsoever. This greatly saddens me as there are answers to the dilemma as to how we are supposed to deal with supernatural phenomenon and those answers have been neglected. I hope to change that.