When it came to building my author brand I did consider writing under a pseudonym. At the time I thought all writer’s wrote under pseudonyms, and since I wanted to be a writer I believed it was important to think of a pseudonym. After doing a little more research and struggling with thinking up a cool name to write by I decided that my initials and last name were good enough.
I was writing young adult fantasy with a base in a medieval-ish historical world. Wiltshire sounded right enough and I took one from J.K. Rowling’s book and stuck with my real initials and last name.
I’ve gotten a lot of people asking me about why I didn’t just go with my first name and last name? The honest answer is, I didn’t think it suited my books and I would rather not people know right off the bat I’m a female writer. Sadly, there is still stigma against women writers and most assume that if you’re a woman writing books then it is going to be a romance… which isn’t always the case.
So, D.M. Wiltshire is what I write under because people don’t prejudge my book because of the author name. Which, if you think about it, is really sad that bull still happens in 2017.
The only time I think I would write under a pseudonym is if I change genres. Even then it depends on the content I am writing. If I change to write for a much older, ‘maturer’, audience then I will likely write under a pseudonym not to confuse my younger readers.
At the moment I’m sticking with young adult fantasy so I’m not going to put much thought into making a pseudonym.
That’s it for Thinking Thursday this week. If you want to explain why you would use a pseudonym or not – do so in the comment section down below! I’d love to hear your answers to this week’s question.
Until next time remember to stay safe, get creative, and as always toodles! ^.^