I have been using a pseudonym for the past six years. When I tell people, I often get a bunch of questions thrown at me. But one of my writing buddies made a valid point, telling me how it can be an interesting subject.
There is a lot to be found on the subject, so I briefly read through some of it.
Apparently, most use a pseudonym because their name does not suit the genre or they have the same name as an existing author. I took on this name, not because I wanted to be cool, or feel like Robin Hobb, Stephen King, Jack Higgins, Barbara Michaels or Alistair MacLean. To me it is like putting on a suit, that makes me feel creative. Oh, and yeah, with stuff like health and job thingies in the way, I thought it would be safer.
You might think, wow you got to find yourself a new name. It took me a while to pick one. I dare you, … Go ahead think of a name and then make it your own. I mean really,… bond with it. I found it was harder than I thought. So in my search for a name I looked for something that made it my own.
Why did I make this choice? I wanted the first two letters of each name to be mine! I could have gone for something more universal, but I am not pretentious enough to act as if I’m anything but from Flanders, Belgium. So it had to sound Dutch at least.
Will it stick? Did I make a good choice? I have no idea. Maybe some find it offensive, other might find it interesting. It might even be a good subject to talk about. But I am, without a doubt Denise Claas.
Who are you?