How to choose a pen name…

To be or not to be myself that was the question. I quickly decided to be someone else for a number of reasons:

1. It seemed like a fun idea to be someone else, and it’s certainly not something I’ve done before, along with a new name can come a new persona.

2. There’s a little something special about choosing a name, if we are lucky we may get to gift a child their name, but if not choosing one for ourself can enable us to pick one we like (if we don’t already like our own), be creative, pay homage, convey a message, or instil powers, that may only be for those writing about magic though.

3. It takes trust to let people know you write erotic romance, friends, but not everyone deserves that trust. I live and work in the same community and a degree of discretion may be wise.

So having decided to use a pen name I then had to choose one I liked. Easier said than done you may say, actually I decided to take a practical approach. I wanted one I could get an e-mail for, wasn’t already taken or similar to other romance authors, and that sounded goooooood. My first attempts at playing with middle and maiden names failed to meet the criteria, while I liked Luella James, it sounded a bit too much like a certain writer of Western Erotic Romance. What I needed was a formula, the most appropriate one I could find:

How to find your porn name = take your first pets name than the street where you first lived. This gave me Morgan King and I don’t know about you but I like how it sounds, it had a regal British ring to it too which seems appropriate seeing as I’m currently writing Historically based stories. 

So there you have it, or at least how I chose my name. How I came to write erotic romance that’s a story for another day!

I may also have discovered a gap in the market for a Erotic Romance Writer Name Generator:

How to find your erotic romance writer pen name = take your favourite flower or plant than the element that corresponds to your day/month or year of birth in the periodic table.

Does this work for you?



3 thoughts on “How to choose a pen name…

    • Oohh, I think you’re right, clearly my pen name doesn’t fit his criteria, let’s hope it doesn’t affect sales! Although I now object to “Lee Child” on principle, as I’ve heard (don’t quote me on this) that he is in fact several people, the original Lee Child plots the stories and a team of writers are responsible for most of the content.

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