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?