A few people have asked me this in the weeks since I released my books. The short answer, which isn’t really an answer, is “there are a lot of reasons.” Trying to respond to that multiplicity of reasons, I’ve ended up giving a variety of equally true, often overlapping, responses. This, in turn, made me think that perhaps I should do a blog post that attempts to cover my main, key reasons for my decision to write under a pseudonym.
Whether or not to use one’s own name, or to write under a pseudonym, is a decision a writer has to make when he or she chooses to put their writing “out there” in a public forum. It is also worth pointing out that there are three main possibilities in the pseudonym-real name continuum: you can write under your real name; write under a pseudonym without personal anonymity; and lastly, you can write under a pseudonym for the purposes of anonymity.