Consider that a serious question. As a writer, should I use a pen name or not?
I am seriously asking myself this question and racking my brains out as to what pen name to use (or should I use one?) now that I've began to submit my writing to publishers. I had a chat with a fellow writer and editor a few days ago and asked her, 'Would you use a pen name?' Her answer was, 'No. Because I want people to know it is me.' Good point.
My husband tells me the same thing. He keeps saying, 'Why would you want a fictitious name, someone who doesn't exist, to own your writing? Wouldn't you want people to know it's you who wrote the book?' Same point. But I still can't make up my mind.
So I asked a dear friend, my writer Bff, Sabini Row, who is now on her journey to publishing and her answer is: 'Yes, I am going to use a pen name.' In all our recent conversations about this, it was only tonight that she gave me a very concrete answer that made me ponder. She said it gives her the freedom to express her creativity, it doesn't have any boundaries, it means knocking down all the walls....and cited Mark Twain - it projects sense of comfort. Incidentally, she has just opened her fresh Author Blog so I'd like to invite you all to check it out. I promise you, you will love her like I do. http://sabinirow.blogspot.com.
Tonight, I am left with these thoughts and still haven't decided. Currently, I am using LP Lambert as my writer's name, although I am still not very sure about that.
This means, I need your help to tell me your honest opinion. Would you use a pen name or not? If yes, why?