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Thread: Still looking for a pen name...
March 5th, 2013 04:34 PM #6
My pen name is E. Claire. Like the pastry! Ainsley, Tonia, and Annika are not my style. Ainsley and Tonia seems masculine and I knew a very annoying Annika. But Genevieve, Amelia and Sparrow are rather stunning. What about Amelia Sparrow? I think it sounds very British and conjures up the image of a little girl climbing trees, frolicking through fields, and writing stories near a window. Good luck!
March 5th, 2013 05:13 PM #8Senior Member
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March 5th, 2013 05:33 PM #10
March 5th, 2013 05:44 PM #12
It's hard to select a pen name that doesn't sound like a character name. In general, authorial names should sound familiar and reliable, not whimsical, not ethereal, not 'super-special.' Selecting an evocative surname like Sparrow or a very stunning, princess-y first name does not convey this image. In psychological-speak, it will cause the reader to feel inferior to the author and be more reluctant to buy the book. It's the reason why the world's most approachable genre, romance fiction, is always written by women who call themselves Nancy or Barbara or something else middle-aged and down-to-earth.
Now, young adult fiction is not romance. But if you look at successful authors in this genre, their names are very plainspoken. (Suzanne Collins, Stephanie Meyer, Veronica Roth, etc). Again, you want your story to be otherworldly, but you don't want to give the impression that the keys to this world are hard to come by.
If I were you I would keep Suzanna (the spelling variation keeps you memorable, a bit) and select a 2-syllable-max surname which is approachable, but not terribly common. Alliteration is nice:
Suzanna SidneyBlade, MD
XY: Antoine Raphael; Julian Victor
XX: Cassia Viviane Noor
Allaire * Emmanuelle * Honora * Lysandra * Marina * Rosamond * Serena * Sylvie * Thea * Verity / Blaise * Cyprian * Evander * Jules * Laurence * Lucian * Marius * Quentin * Rainier * Silvan
Hayat _ Qamar _ Sahar _ / Altair _ Faraj _ Tariq
March 6th, 2013 08:12 PM #14Senior Member
Boys: Maxwell, Bennett, Oliver, Elliott and Archer.
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Girls: Rose, Juliet, Aria, Cora and Scarlett
Sorry for any random spellings. I'm probably on my nook!