Why did I use a fake name! A lot of reasons, some silly ones I refuse to confess to. Now that I'm getting deeper into the writing world, I feel the need to be taken a little more seriously, and the new name is close to my real one. I still don't want to be found completely, because the truth is, I live a double life. My secret is that I am a writer. There, I said it. I am a writer.
Only five people in my real life know. My husband, two kids, and my sister.
Why I feel the need to hide it has to do with the naysayers in my life. Writing is a hard enough industry without people in my ear saying "You can't do that". I have myself in my ear already saying that.
There are many reasons writers use pen names. Check out this link.
I was surprised to learn Mark Twain was a pen name! Probably everybody knew that, but me of course.
What about you? Pen name or real?