Friday, March 16, 2018

Pen Name Curiosity

Readers, I’m curious to know your thoughts on pen names for authors who write in different genres. The reason I’m asking is because I’m working on a contemporary romantic fiction series that is quite a bit different than what I currently write under a different pen name.

My published books are third-person contemporary romance that I describe as “bright and breezy”. Quirky characters, tropical and glamorous destinations, a touch of humor, sometimes the stories are hot but sometimes not, and no dark or edgy topics.

My new project is first person, erotic and angsty. My characters are flawed, imperfect and not always heroic.

There are many romance authors who write across genres. Some use the same pen name, but others are intentional about creating a separate author identity and branding for each genre.

So, here’s my question for you:

Do you find it helpful or confusing when authors write under multiple pen names?

If you’d like to sample my romantic fiction, you can download a free copy of Jericho by clicking the link below:

Thanks for taking time to share your opinion. Now, back to my WIP!


  1. Thanks for the freebie! While I find many pen names confusing, I also think they are useful to show your readers what to expect. For example, Molly O’Keefe and M. O’Keefe is the same author. The difference is small but both names are similar enough to remember.

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Natalija. Very clever for this author to use different pen names but essentially with the same first and last name.

  2. What I find helpful when an author has pen names for different genres and/or series, is to have that information on the author's website. An example is Jayne
    Ann Krentz's website where I can find books she writes as Amanda Quick, Jayne Castle and some other pen names.

  3. I do not particularly care about multiple pen names. BUT I highly appreciate authors who list them all, preferably in their own website so readers can keep track of their books. Especially when they write multiple genres.

  4. I just stumbled on this thread and am anxious to hear what people's opinions are. I struggled with this for about a year now and ultimately decided to go with a pen name. One of the great discussions I've been having lately with some of my author friends is how necessary it is to use a pen name to avoid genre/brand confusion. My first book (and hopefully others to follow) was historical romance under my real name and I've just published my first contemporary romance—in a series—and decided to go with a pen name.


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