NOM de PLUME – What’s in a Name?

Many have written under a pen name for many different reasons.

Springfield Writers' Guild

Ellery Queen ELLERY QUEEN – Photo: Al Aumuller, Library of Congress

Why would any author want to write behind a fake name? Isn’t getting your name well known the whole point of becoming an author? One of the most common reasons may be because their earlier work(s) failed, says Writers’ Digest.

However, some famous authors have written under one or more pseudonyms. Mark Twain comes to mind. This name is perhaps more famous than his real name, Samuel Clemons. J.K. Rowling said choosing a pen name was liberating to her writing as there was no hype nor expectations that way.

Test Your Author Knowledge

These are pseudonyms. Do you know their given name?

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C.A. Simonson

C.A. Simonson is a freelance writer and author. Her award-winning short stories have appeared in seven anthologies. The Journey Home trilogy, "Love's Journey Home," "Love Looks Back," and "Love's Amazing Grace," are Christian fiction based on true events. She has also published two anthologies, one of short stories and one of devotions and poems. A children's speller/story coloring book was released in April 2017. Copies are available in paperback and digital format on Amazon, KOBO, iTunes, and Barnes and Noble or at Books are now available in audio format on When she is not writing, she is painting, crafting, or fishing.

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