Instead of a regular writing update this week, I have some thoughts that I want to get off my chest.
I’ve been turning something over in my mind. Pen names. A lot of authors use them. But when is it okay to reveal your pen name? Is it okay to go under a different name online and not tell anyone that it isn’t your real name?
And the reason I’ve been turning this over?
Phoenix Grey is not my real name. It’s a name that means a lot to me, because it’s the name that gave me the confidence to step into the online world and have people read my writing. It’s the name under which I write, and blog, and under which I’ll publish any fiction that gets published. Everything else about me online is real.
So what’s in a name?
Well, my real name is Victoria. I started writing under Phoenix because I didn’t want those around me to know what I was doing. Or a few other things about me that I have revealed online.
I’ve been living a double life, and I am sorry to anyone who may be disappointed or angry at me about this.
I am still going to continue to blog and write under Phoenix Grey. The reason for that is I don’t want my personal opinions on the world or politics to colour my fiction writing.
I have ambitions of being a journalist, and writing non-fiction, and I want to keep the two worlds as separate as possible.
But I’m tired of keeping the secret.
I welcome all comments on this. Specifically, what do you think of pen names? What’s the right way to handle them?