I was recently approached and had it suggested to me that now is the time to start thinking about a pen name.
What is a pen name? Well, long story short, it is an alas name you use when you write.
Many authors will do things like use their initials (eg: J.K. Rowling) instead of their full name.
However, with a name like Smith, what can you do to it to make it distinguishable from any other Smith out there?
My maiden name is Patterson, and at first I thought that could be an agreeable alternative. Though, when you search on Amazon, you get "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson." I can assure you I do not want to be competing with him! (on a side note, I read that book! It was good but I cried like a baby... but we'll leave that for another time)
So the alternative is to change my last name completely.
For some reason I'm not comfortable with this. I have written down various versions of my name using different last names and, though the ones I have narrowed down sound pleasing enough, it makes me feel as though someone is taking my work and putting their name on it.
Obviously this is silly. I wrote my story, it will belong to me, but to put a name other than Suzanna Smith on it feels as though I'm selling out. Why is that? Well, mainly because, I am Suzanna Smith.
So now I am stuck trying to decide what to do about my author name. Who knew writing the book was the easy part?