This week's topic: If you couldn't use your own name, what would your pseudonym or penname be?
Let me state right from the start that I place a lot of value in a name. A lot. For me a name carries a story all on its own, a hundred times so when it comes to me having to find names for any new novel I start writing. With my current WIP I might have spent almost two weeks looking for the right name for my main character.
One of the most significant reasons I place such high value in names is that when I plan a novel and decide on names, when I finally find a name that I complete love, a few pieces of said novel starts falling into place. This name carries with it its own history and future and it has to be taken into account when I begin fleshing out my characters. Naming my characters is like writing a part of the story without having to think about it, and I love it.
So having to choose a pseudonym or penname for myself is torture! What a cruel question for somebody who loves names as much as I do.* Give me a few minutes to go search my favorite name sites for something that will do until I find a name I'll be absolutely in love with....
*one week later*
I kind of like Cassia, Daliza and Iris. I'd pair it with a color to keep it close to home. So I'd probably end up with one of the two below:
I kind of like those. These jumped out of me, and best of all, none of them had a lot of story behind it so I would get to build my own.
This was such a fun exercise. I'm looking forward to read everybody's answers.
*At work today I stumbled across a name that made me smile. The lady's name is Salon. Which is almost as great as a lady named Surprise. No jokes. I love names!