M is for Megan

This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z challenge–blogging every day in the month of April (except Sundays!) with each letter of the alphabet.

Many authors use a pseudonym. Each author has their own reason for this: some don’t want people in their everyday life knowing what they write, some want an aura of mystery, some just want a different persona for themselves as writers. For me personally, my real name is silly and easy to mispronounce and misspell. Thus I picked a simple, easily-spoken, easily-spelled name that was also somewhat catchy with its alliteration.

And thus I became Megan Morgan.

I’ve gotten all sorts of reactions to this name change, both from people who know me and people who don’t. Friends have asked me why I picked that name. Some have asked HOW I picked that name, and it’s hard to explain. All my life I’ve suffered from having my name mispronounced and misspelled–it’s really quite aggravating. I finally wanted something that was easy. Once, a woman asked me how my mother felt about me changing my name. My mother has been dead for twenty-five years.

A lovely gentleman once asked me if I was Welsh, too. I suppose I did pick a very Welsh name, didn’t I? My real name is German.

It doesn’t matter what you call yourself, as long as you own it and accept it as who you are. I am Megan Morgan. Some people in my everyday life even call me Megan instead of my real name. It doesn’t change who I am, it just makes me more of the person I am when I’m writing.

How about you, do you have a pen name? How did you choose it?

15 comments

  1. I chose the name Carrie-Anne Brown on 19 May 1993, recorded in my journal of the time, Helena. I thought all writers needed a pseudonym, and I’ve never liked my real name. It’s the most common female name in history after only Mary, and even Mary seems fresh and original these days after so many decades of being less-popular. My Slovakian surname is often mangled into McCormack, MacCormick, Womack, Mermack, Wormack, etc. I wanted a name from songs, and it was serendipity that these at-the-time random choices came from bands I still love over 20 years later. In 1995, I added -ian to the end of Brown when I became an Armenophile.

    Last year, I decided I needed a different pseudonym for my longer, more serious historicals. Ursula is my middle name, and Hartlein was my five-greats-grandmother’s birth surname. It’s a Southern German name which translates as roughly “brave/strong little one” or “little brave/strong one.”

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    1. What a wonderful story! It’s so interesting to learn how people chose their names. Ursula is such a great name, too.

      Thanks so much for sharing your story, and for stopping by!

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  2. I use my real name and only my maiden name. My last name is Sugar (maiden) which I use professionally because my husband and I are both attorneys, often in the same courtroom. I could never ever use my maiden-married hyphenated name. My married name is Gold. Sugar-Gold just sounds too much like a made up stripper name. LOL

    Melissa
    http://fictiontoolbox.blogspot.com

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  3. My maiden name was also German. My goodness the mispronunciation and misspelling!! I’ve been using my married last name (Varga) for my writing as of late, but have certainly debated a pseudonym, the top contender just using my first and middle name, Christina Rose.

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  4. I use my real name. I’m hoping I’ll achieve as much glory as my namesake. (BONANZA!). Ha–actually I thought about using my maiden name instead, because it’s way cooler than Greene. But ultimately, I wanted my name, as is, to be tied to my work.

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    1. That’s a good reason to keep your name! A long time ago I felt that way too, but now I can’t imagine not using a pen name. I’m not sure why or when that changed for me.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. It’s funny, I thought about making my K post on my name, because I struggle with this question, too. Currently, Kaitlin Throgmorton is my real name. (Not quite my birth name, since the last name is my married name, but I kind of like Throgmorton, even if it’s weird. It’s memorable.) But Kaitlin is a different story. It’s hard to spell and has a lot of variants, and it’s also a very “period” name if you will, in that the late 80s and 90s are almost exclusively when Kaitlin/Caitlin/Kaitlyn/Katelyn girls were born, and I just don’t like dating myself like that. I haven’t published yet, so I haven’t had to address it, but the day will come, I’m sure.

    Megan Morgan has a lovely flow, and it’s easy enough. I can see why you picked it!

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    1. My real first name is easy to spell but CONSTANTLY mispronounced, which is really annoying. I used to go by a different pen name for a short time that people also misspelled, and I was at the end of my rope. The only indignities I’ve suffered with this one so far is people calling me ‘Morgan’ thinking it’s my first name, but I can live with that.

      Maybe you could shorten it to Kat or Kait? Kat Throgmorton sounds pretty catchy!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      1. I’ve always loved Kate. It’s simple, it’s classy, it’s shared with the incredibly classy current Duchess of Cambridge, so many benefits. In some ways, I wish I’d just become Kate when I went off to college, told people that’s what I wanted to go by and called it done. Unfortunately, though, it didn’t have the same ring with my maiden name as it does with my married name. I also like Kat and have occasionally gone by that! We’ll see what happens when I eventually publish. 🙂

        And I feel you on mispronunciation. Kaitlin seems phonetic enough, but no! I’ve gotten everything from Ka-eet-leen (like Kathleen almost) to Kat-a-lin to everything in between. My favorite was the time Starbucks spelled it Kateland. 🙂

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