"A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet"
Right? I wonder though, if it were called something like a stink blossom if people would even bother to get close enough to smell it.
It leads me to today's topic. Names. Pseudonyms in particular. An authors name is very important to them, whether it be their birth name or one they chose specifically for their writing. Picking one is very hard and it takes a lot of thought on the authors part. It has some meaning to them usually.
Recently, however, I've been thinking about my name. Wondering if perhaps Sonnet O'Dell was not a name that readers like the look of. Don't ask me where this crippling self doubt comes from but it rears its ugly head in this form ever since I heard a girl pass my stall at an event siting her reason for not stopping as "I just can't stand her name." Apart from the feeling that she'd shot me through the chest I started to wonder if she was just one of many who felt that way but hadn't spoken up about it. So I decided to play around with some alternatives.
These are the original and a few variations on the theme. I'd like to know what people think, so please comment below if you like any particular one.
However, I'm not done yet. I've also been thinking about taking on a second completely different penname to help differentiate between my Adult titles and my Young Adult titles. I've done a bit of research and it seems to be pretty common for authors to write under more than one name when trying to keep genres separate. J. K Rowling did it but of course tried to be sneaky about it and got caught, though I understand her motives. But most, for instance like Nora Roberts/J.D Robb, are open about having two different names. Here are a few, a couple of which I have written things under before.
Again opinions on these would be welcome. I tried to hold a poll on Facebook but it only allows me two options. I am very interested to hear what you as readers think. Which of these names grabs your attention the most?