Pen names for persnickety people
When I was a child, I wanted to be called Peggy. I didn't know any Peggies, nor Margarets nor ever been close to having come in contact with a Peggy but for weeks I'd only answer to that moniker. Peggy is a fine name and since I wanted to escape the Cheerleader Barbie name that was stuck to me at birth I figured what could it hurt?
When I grew up and my writing developed, possible pen names started shouting at me for attention: Stella McNaughton (my great-grandmother), Lulu Finkelstein for my kidlit, Elizabeth [fill-in-the-blank, anything sounds good with Elizabeth]. But nothing stuck. As my maiden name wasn't usual *Isbell* but I was tired of spelling it for those who couldn't exorcise a vowel *No, not Isabell, dear* I looked forward to publishing under my married name. Graham. Do you have any idea how many flipping Grahams there are in the United States much less Britain? pfffffffftt.
So the search was on. First to go: Stacey. Sorry Mom. I've dallied with Piper, wooed Stella once more, flirted with Irelyn and even gave Penelope a go - but nothing stuck. I need one that reflects the real me. The real, redheaded badass (okay, I wrote bassass at first. So shoot me) that lurks underneath my formidable cupcake making skills.
How about Genevieve? Or... Mindy.
What names have you bandied about in your head to take over writing duties?