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Evie

Noms de plume

Just an idea from another thread.  If you were ever to publish that book you have half written, or have at least half written in your head, but decided you didn't want to put your own name to it, or simply wanted to be someone else for a bit, what nom de plume would you choose to publish under?

I haven't come up with my own yet, but love thinking about names, so will ponder a while.  Look forward to hearing your future pen names!
TheRejectAmidHair

Interesting one ... depends on the sort of book I'd want to write, I think. I'll have to get back to you on this.
Apple

Caroline McKenzie
Chibiabos83

I'm already committed to Fanny St George. I'm afraid she sounds like a Cartland type, but I'm sure I can do at least as well as old Barbara did in quality if not quantity. May need a different name for my espionage thrillers, though. I will give it some thought.
MikeAlx

Chibiabos83 wrote:
I'm already committed to Fanny St George.

Is that some sort of institution, Gareth?  Wink

When I sell out and write a Mills & Boon novel I'll take my wife's surname, as we think 'Michael Waterland' sounds like a romantic novelist.
Evie

If I were to write a history book, I feel sure I would call myself Frank O. Prushen-Waugh.  

(That's not mine...I have a couple of friends with whom I play this sort of name game, and that's probably my all-time favourite!)
TheRejectAmidHair

I think I'd write supernatural thrillers under the name Evelyn Holmes.
MikeAlx

You could branch out into misery memoirs about Catholic childhoods with Evelyn Church.
MikeAlx

"Anyone could write this" by Avery Tom Deacon Harry.
Thursday Next

I thought of one ages ago...Merlin Anderson. I picked an 'a' because I thought maybe more people would pick up my books if I was near the beginning of the alphabet. It seems a little fantastical for anything other than a fantasy author. And not even a serious fantasy author, someone who writes those 'supernatural romance' books that they now have a section for in Waterstones (basically Laurell K Hamilton and a few cheap Twilight-for-adults-but-worse titles).
MikeAlx

Thursday Next wrote:
...those 'supernatural romance' books that they now have a section for in Waterstones...

Are Waterstones putting that in romance or fantasy? There seems to be a big debate at the moment concerning Supernatural Romance versus Urban Fantasy, and nobody's quite sure of the dividing line. Meanwhile, there seems to be a bit of a backlash from horror traditionalists - "My vampires see humans as a food source, nothing more," I heard one writer say recently. And Stephen King, no less, had a proper dig at the Twilight books!
Simon The Sponge

Supernatural Romance - Sounds ghastly - a sort of FrankenHollyoaks hmmm

Any I'd be that infamous hibernian-russian writer St.John Manutsov - in his extraordinary book about naked fire leaping
Chibiabos83

Marvellous, Simon. I'm also tempted by Emma Roids - I could write the ideal 'toilet book' (cf. Stewart Lee on BBC2 tonight).
Marita

I once thought of I. M. A. Hazard but now I find it totally childishly silly.
bookfreak

Recollections of our childhood giggles over such books as:
Bubbles in the Bath by Ivor Windibottom
The Hungry Dog by Nora Bone
Muck in the Road by Hu Flung Dung
Pain of Death by Mona Lott
Sandraseahorse

There used to be a dinner party game of saying that a good pseudonym if you wanted to be a writer of erotica was to take the name of your first pet and add it to your mother's maiden name.  In my case this works out as Lucky Merchant, which does have a certain racy ring to it.

PS  I achieved an ambition in that I managed to get a letter in the latest "Private Eye" in their silly pseudonyms section.  I'm not telling you which one.
MikeAlx

Sandra - I know that game as 'porn star names'. Mine is Sandy Smith, my wife's is Honey Barker. One of my colleagues is Whisky Tanner.
Gul Darr

Unfortunately, I don't think I could use my board name because of copyright issues.
I have a feeling that actors can't use the same name as an existing actor, but does the same apply to authors? As my real first name is Stephen and my father is called Donald, I could always try writing a fantasy novel under the pseudonym Stephen Donaldson!
Or how about Zola's Rougon-Macquart series, translated by Frank O'Fyle?
county_lady

Sandraseahorse wrote:
There used to be a dinner party game of saying that a good pseudonym if you wanted to be a writer of erotica was to take the name of your first pet and add it to your mother's maiden name.  In my case this works out as Lucky Merchant, which does have a certain racy ring to it.

PS  I achieved an ambition in that I managed to get a letter in the latest "Private Eye" in their silly pseudonyms section.  I'm not telling you which one.



Help that would make me Tinker Baggott!

Sandra congratulations on your publication. Cool
Gul Darr

county_lady wrote:
Help that would make me Tinker Baggott!

Just for a moment, I thought that said Tinker Baggins! I think Tinker Baggott is even better, though.

Certainly better than Joey Rye (Joey was my grandfather's budgie, which our family inherited - does that count?)
MikeAlx

Gul Darr wrote:
Or how about Zola's Rougon-Macquart series, translated by Frank O'Fyle?

And I shall translate 'Gone with the Wind' into Spanish, under the name Frank Leigh-Madeira Don Guivadam.
bookfreak

I would be Finnegan Gillespie...now that sounds quite good for a writer of thrillers.
Evie

I never had a pet.  Perhaps that explains a lot!
Simon The Sponge

I'd be Smokey Hiller....sounds very seedy and very 70s too

...maybe you'd just be one of those pornstars sorry character actresses that only has one name Evie...not that I'm familiar enouogh with the industry to know that some of them only have one name errrmmm
Ann

[quote="Gul Darr"], I could always try writing a fantasy novel under the pseudonym Stephen Donaldson!
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Laughing
Ann

Sandraseahorse wrote:
There used to be a dinner party game of saying that a good pseudonym if you wanted to be a writer of erotica was to take the name of your first pet and add it to your mother's maiden name.  In my case this works out as Lucky Merchant, which does have a certain racy ring to it.



I become Dinah Townshend, which I think sounds  Mills and Boon rather than erotica!
miranda

Quote:
And I shall translate 'Gone with the Wind' into Spanish, under the name Frank Leigh-Madeira Don Guivadam.


COAT!
MikeAlx

...got!  Smile
TheRejectAmidHair

Sandraseahorse wrote:
There used to be a dinner party game of saying that a good pseudonym if you wanted to be a writer of erotica was to take the name of your first pet and add it to your mother's maiden name.  


Doesn't really work for me. The only pets I ever had were a couple of goldfish I used to call Laurel and Hardy. And my mother's maiden name is Ganguly (like the cricketer - no relation, by the way). Now, Laurel & Hardy Ganguly makes no sense at all...
Evie

I don't know, I think Hardy Ganguly could do quite well in certain fields...!
Castorboy

Evie wrote:
I don't know, I think Hardy Ganguly could do quite well in certain fields...!

Especially in the fields around Dorchester!
county_lady

Evie wrote:
I don't know, I think Hardy Ganguly could do quite well in certain fields...!


and Laurel Ganguly could do the mushy stuff. Wink
Gul Darr

Stan and Ollie Ganguly have quite a ring to them, too!
Castorboy

I've always fancied writing cricket memoirs - I counted the balls by How Satt. Wink
mike js

I suppose J K Rowling would sue ...

It is a sad fact that the genius of the 20th Century writer, John Rabook was never recognised by critic nor by literary prize. They would only consider mainstream fiction, certainly not John Rabook's.
Ann

Very Happy
I knew you would not be able to resist this thread, mike js
mike js

Guilty as charged, Ann. Wink
miranda

mike js wrote:
I suppose J K Rowling would sue ...

It is a sad fact that the genius of the 20th Century writer, John Rabook was never recognised by critic nor by literary prize. They would only consider mainstream fiction, certainly not John Rabook's.


I read this the day it was posted........and I've only just got it!   Embarassed  Laughing

Honestly, I hate end of year!  My brain is mush!
mike js

Not to worry, Miranda. I'm sure your brain was merely trying to protect you from the groaningly bad pun!
Apple

Miranda - don't feel too bad - I'm still working it out!!! I don't get it?
miranda

Say it loud, Apple.   And if you see the first name in a French accent, you should get it.

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