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Glamour177
03-30-2009, 06:33 AM
I know this shouldn't be so difficult, but I cannot figure out a pen name. My real name is a little hard for people, so I want to use a pseudonym. I am probably going to keep my first name, Melanie, and then figure out a different last name. I tried to combine the last names of my two best friends, but that didn't quite work out.

I am just wondering how everyone else came up with their pen names.

P.H.Delarran
03-30-2009, 06:53 AM
(this probably belongs in a different section)
I made my pen name by taking my full maiden name and scrambling the letters until I came up with something I liked. then I shortened the first two names to their initials.

Glamour177
03-30-2009, 06:57 AM
(this probably belongs in a different section)
I made my pen name by taking my full maiden name and scrambling the letters until I came up with something I liked. then I shortened the first two names to their initials.


Oh yes, this thread definitely belongs in another area. I just wasn't sure where to put it.

Thanks for the advice!

awatkins
03-31-2009, 08:32 PM
Moved from Conquering Challenges.

Wayne K
03-31-2009, 08:57 PM
The formula for pornstars is to take a childhood pets name and the name of the street you lived on.
ETA: I know that doesn't help much, but it's interesting trivia.

Annayna
03-31-2009, 08:59 PM
I took a Russian name I liked, and used my mothers maiden last name, which is polish :D

kct webber
03-31-2009, 09:09 PM
Heh. I just answered this in another thread. About user names. Cuz my user name is my pen name. Anyway...

Mine is my first initial, my two middle intitials, and the last name of my family before they moved to the US and changed it.

Kenneth Cristus Thornton Webber

Travis J. Smith
03-31-2009, 09:10 PM
The formula for pornstars is to take a childhood pets name and the name of the street you lived on.
ETA: I know that doesn't help much, but it's interesting trivia.
So then I'd be . . . Ziggy Short. :roll:

awatkins
03-31-2009, 09:15 PM
The formula for pornstars is to take a childhood pets name and the name of the street you lived on.
ETA: I know that doesn't help much, but it's interesting trivia.

That would make me Amanda Jean. :D

Annayna
03-31-2009, 09:17 PM
lol I'd be Lucy York

kct webber
03-31-2009, 09:17 PM
And I'd be Ziek Bigalow.

Soccer Mom
03-31-2009, 09:18 PM
My pen name is my real name plus mother's maiden name.

(and apparently my pornstar name would be Misty Trailwood...my that does sound provocative.)

P.H.Delarran
03-31-2009, 10:54 PM
My pen name is my real name plus mother's maiden name.

(and apparently my pornstar name would be Misty Trailwood...my that does sound provocative.)
haha..mine would be Dinkey Greeley, or Savage Osage

marie2
03-31-2009, 10:54 PM
The formula for pornstars is to take a childhood pets name and the name of the street you lived on.
ETA: I know that doesn't help much, but it's interesting trivia.

I'd be Suki Arrayanes.

XD

semilargeintestine
03-31-2009, 10:57 PM
I put my first name as my surname and added an "s." Then I made up a first name and used my second name as well. I like long names.

Ms Hollands
03-31-2009, 10:58 PM
My pen name consists of the first name my mother wanted to call me but my dad didn't like, and the surname that was by my grandfather who went AWOL and got himself a passport in our (now) family name to get to Australia after he saw the ship beside him get blown up. His twin brothers were on the ship. I feel like I'm still my parents' daughter by doing this. :O))

DwayneA
03-31-2009, 11:21 PM
I took my first name and added my last initial "A", short for Anderson.

semilargeintestine
03-31-2009, 11:32 PM
My porn name would be Emily Wildcat. Rawr.

Viking Horse
04-01-2009, 12:11 AM
Hmm, sure are a lot of questions about pen names it seems – maybe they deserve their own section. :tongue

I already have mine picked out, but if I had to use the ol' porn formula, I would be Theodore “Teddy” Flatiron. I have to say, that doesn't sound all that bad, though I suppose I'm lucky I had no idea my first pet was actually a girl (it was a lizard and I was I don't even know how young). Who knows what I would have ended up with, otherwise.

Bubastes
04-01-2009, 12:20 AM
My pen name is my middle name plus my hometown.

MaLanie1971
04-01-2009, 12:30 AM
Finding mine was easy because my dear SWEET mother had to name me Melanie and pronounce it Mu-Lane-ie, yep so all my life I have spent correcting everyone saying "no Mrs Smith A does not make the O sound, it should be spelled Melonie not Melanie.

Unfortuantely, I did not win the debate. So, now I have taken on the pen name MaLanie so that I can hear my name pronounced like my mother meant it to be *sigh* and yes I broke the rule and capitalized the L. I like to stand out! :-)

Hildegarde
04-01-2009, 12:58 AM
I know this shouldn't be so difficult, but I cannot figure out a pen name. My real name is a little hard for people, so I want to use a pseudonym. I am probably going to keep my first name, Melanie, and then figure out a different last name. I tried to combine the last names of my two best friends, but that didn't quite work out.

I am just wondering how everyone else came up with their pen names.


I used my "real" middle name (which I legally dropped when I got married) and a family surname (my grandmother's maiden name). I like having a "first name" that is familiar to me, otherwise I don't think I would answer to it.

If the problem is an unusual or hard to pronounce surname, you could anglicize it into something similar but more familiar for most English speakers.

jodiodi
04-01-2009, 01:25 AM
I have multiple pen names, but if I'd used the 'formula', I'd be Sissy Grady. Or Buckshot Arlington. I barely remember Buckshot, but he was around when I was born so I guess he'd be my first pet.

I still use my dogs' names as my first name and various formulae for the last names. Considering one of my dogs is named Sugarbaby, using her name presented a challenge.

Quossum
04-01-2009, 01:31 AM
The formula for pornstars is to take a childhood pets name and the name of the street you lived on.
ETA: I know that doesn't help much, but it's interesting trivia.

Oh, crap, now I'm Precious Birch. :cry:

geardrops
04-01-2009, 01:36 AM
Random Name Generator (http://www.kleimo.com/random/name.cfm)

(Not joking.)

Nivarion
04-01-2009, 08:38 AM
The formula for pornstars is to take a childhood pets name and the name of the street you lived on.
ETA: I know that doesn't help much, but it's interesting trivia.

Just using two, since we moved around a lot.
Rex Jefferson
or
Barkers Creek


God, my grandparents still have barkers. She's like fourteen now.



ANY WAY

Back to point, I danced around my names, and mixed names from my grandparents.

I think I'll just end up using my legal name James C. May, or a variant. hmmm. JC May, or JM Curtis...

panacea
04-01-2009, 12:18 PM
The formula for pornstars is to take a childhood pets name and the name of the street you lived on.


Ha ha :)

And I'd be Fatty Cross ... Doesn't help in the porn arena does it... but does help in the foodie section... yumm :D

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loiterer
04-01-2009, 06:01 PM
I know this shouldn't be so difficult, but I cannot figure out a pen name.

I have been trying for years to think of a pen name. I need one so that my relatives won't read my stuff (or at least, won't know I was the writer).

I guess it's fortunate I haven't actually finished anything yet.

Aquarius
04-02-2009, 10:43 AM
The formula for pornstars is to take a childhood pets name and the name of the street you lived on.
ETA: I know that doesn't help much, but it's interesting trivia.

Mine in this case would probably be Nala Norfolk. Not bad actually...

As for my real pen name, I've always loved the name Kalera ever since I found it in a novel years ago. I seem to change the last name every couple of months because I either don't like the sound of it anymore, or someone tells me that it sounds a bit too arrogant.

At the moment, my pen name is Kalera I. McTierney. It's subject to change, of course...

Ms Hollands
04-02-2009, 11:03 AM
My porn name would be Harvey Bryson. Maybe I should use it for genre-hopping...

Christian Genzel
04-02-2009, 11:03 AM
If your pen name doesn't need to have anything to do with your real name, then you could combine character names from your favorite book or movie.

pepperlandgirl
04-02-2009, 12:47 PM
Way back in 1999, I started going by pepperlandgirl, and I use that name everywhere online. So before too long, people just started calling me Pepper, and I began answering to it. IRL, I go by my maiden name, and so I decided to pair Pepper (a name that already had a persona attached) with my husband's last name. Pepper Espinoza.

Palmfrond
04-02-2009, 08:10 PM
Don't count on using any name (real or imagined) until you have a publisher - they might not like it and you have very little to say about it.

My porn name would be Mitzi County Road 138. Very romantic.

scarletpeaches
04-02-2009, 08:14 PM
Not so sure about that. After all, they couldn't very well tell you to change your real name if they didn't like it.

Book titles? Yes. Names? Not so much.

Or maybe that's the way it is over here. You tell them (agent or publisher) the name you want to be published under when you submit material and I've never heard of anyone being told to change their name. Unless a writer crosses genres, in which case their publisher would likely advise them to choose a pen name but it's always been down to them what name they choose, not the publisher.

I chose mine because it sounds like my screen name here.

Palmfrond
04-02-2009, 08:41 PM
Not so sure about that. After all, they couldn't very well tell you to change your real name if they didn't like it.

Book titles? Yes. Names? Not so much.

Or maybe that's the way it is over here. You tell them (agent or publisher) the name you want to be published under when you submit material and I've never heard of anyone being told to change their name. Unless a writer crosses genres, in which case their publisher would likely advise them to choose a pen name but it's always been down to them what name they choose, not the publisher.

I chose mine because it sounds like my screen name here.

A very large New York publisher required a pseudonym for me. After several truckloads of suggestions from me, they finally approved one of them.

scarletpeaches
04-02-2009, 08:48 PM
Therein lies the difference. You're in America, I'm not. And the name still came from you.

Claudia Gray
04-02-2009, 09:01 PM
I wanted something that would be unusual enough to be memorable but not so unusual that people would have trouble remembering/spelling it. I wanted my last name to be near the middle of the alphabet. And I wanted something that had the right feel for my genre.

Claudia was easy enough to come up with; it sounded right, and besides, I had "I, Claudius" in my DVD player. The last name was tougher. Originally I settled on Lake, but the name "Claudia Lake" turned out to be the same as the president of the Vampire Lestat fan club. So a vampire author couldn't use it! Gray had a similar sound to Lake, so that worked for me.

Keep in mind that your agent and/or publisher are going to weigh in on your pseudonym: I had originally wanted something entirely different, but that was vetoed. So don't get too attached to anything until you get their approval (or at least acceptance).

Cyia
04-02-2009, 09:01 PM
The formula for pornstars is to take a childhood pets name and the name of the street you lived on.
ETA: I know that doesn't help much, but it's interesting trivia.

I'd be Buddy Walnut Creek. :Shrug:

The screen name came from a defunct WIP and my pen name is a variation of a childhood nickname.

jessicaorr
04-03-2009, 01:35 AM
Hmmm... Dogs name and street, then I'd be Misty Ironwood. Sounds like a porn star name all right LOL

backslashbaby
04-03-2009, 02:12 AM
Tiger Staffordshire, here :)

I plan on using a family name that is carved into old tombstones at the church my ancestors built and I still attend on Easter. Initials for the first name. The family name could be controversial because a famous author in my genre has it as well. Meh, we're probably cousins!