I received this blog post while AnneMarie Roberts was in a huge hurry this morning.
So I'm posting for her.
Lately I've been wondering about pen names. Some of them can be pretty outlandish and make us giggle. Others seem to match the genre the authors write. Have you noticed that?
A friend of mine was trying to decide on a pen name the other day. She has started writing romance that is a bit hotter than she used to and thinks it's time to shed the other name. She said it wasn't sexy enough. And I'm afraid I had to agree.
Did you ever notice how some names just sound sexier than others? How some sound bold and strong while others just give you "wuss" visions or "school marm" thoughts? Let's use an example.
Margaret Frost. Uhhh...Nope. Not if you write erotic romance anyway. How about
Gwendolyn Cain?. Uhhh...there goes that school marm image again. So what if I throw out there Cassie Marin? (hey, I'm just thinking these up as I go along, don't shoot me. lol) Anyway, see the difference? Cassie Marin sounds like a name, at least to me, of a woman who has been stroked and knows how!
Some names sound stronger than others too. AnneMarie Roberts, my own name is a combination of family name and something I just liked. I thought it sounded strong, at least in so far as Roberts is concerned and AnneMarie is sexy, but not slutty.
Now my friend Tess MacKall chose her name because Tess is her nick name and she chose MacKall because she saw a street named MacKall and thought it just went together. I guess I have to agree. So is her name sexy? Strong?
Have you seen any pen names that make you go YUK? Or just plain make you laugh? Are there any names out there you are envious of?
How did you choose your pen name? I'd love to hear from you.