That is the question according to good ol’ Shakespeare.
I’m very proud of my Scottish ancestry. (Yes, I can claim Barclay.) I like saying I’m three-quarters Scottish and one-quarter Welsh, just to keep things interesting, and I have the family tree to prove it. I love my tartans, all three clans. The Barclay hunter tartan is a beautiful and subtle mix of blues and greens, which is appropriate when you consider a hunter needing to hide amongst the heather and broom of the Scottish moors. I wish I spoke with a Scottish brogue or could at least fake a decent one. That Man is worried I’ll never come home if I ever set foot upon Scottish soil — he’s probably right to worry about that.
Alter Ego. Pen Name.
Nom de Plume.
Yep, Raelyn Barclay is all of those.
(Yeah, I don’t know what they were thinking with those bumblebee colors either, LOL)
I got amazing advice from Joely Sue Burkhart, Maria Zannini, and Kait Nolan, friends and mentors. After a lengthy game of Pros and Cons, I decided Raelyn Barclay would be born. I’m a long way from publishing that first story. However, donning Raelyn Barclay has made me serious about this writing dream in a way I haven’t been before. I feel my writing has become a career instead of a hobby.
There are a lot of blog posts on the subject and whether an author should write under an assumed name. Most seem to advise sticking with your own name. The mentality that a pen name offers the author privacy is old school in this fast paced, online world. On the other hand, authors often take a different name for a new genre.
Writers: Do you think the old adage of different pen names for different genres still holds true?
Readers: If you are following an author, would you prefer they stick to one name? Or is branding different names important so you know what you’re getting when you see a certain name?