Why do published authors choose to assume a pen name or pseudonym?

There are various reasons, and mine certainly has nothing to do with insulating myself from “aggressive fans stalking me”. My anonymity is intact wheeling a shopping cart at the supermarket in my own neighborhood.

Even as an aspiring writer ten years ago, before realizing how difficult it would be for an Indie author to rise above the ashes of obscurity, I had made the conscious decision to take a nom de plume. One who values privacy, I like the separation between my personal and professional life.

Oh, I’ll admit to conjuring up a pseudonym indicative of a romance writer—which I’m not, preferring to write in the genre of Contemporary where I include romance amidst weightier issues. Ready? Halo Rhodes.  “Halo” was part of the user name I maintained at a perfume forum. “Rhodes” represented my native state of Rhode Island.

In keeping with the realistic “lit with grit” I write, eventually I came to my senses and assumed a pen name based on the emotional consideration of honoring my parents—that of Eva Pasco.

On every Acknowledgement Page, I pay them homage:

As always, heartfelt thanks to:

My mother and namesake, Eva, for her unwavering faith and pride in my literary accomplishments cultivated by reading stories to me when I was a toddler.

My late father and namesake, Pasco, for the independent streak he instilled in me.


*To assume or not to assume a nom de plume, is the writer’s prerogative.


Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com/evapasco

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1270775.Eva_Pasco

Eva Pasco’s Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/evapasco

2 thoughts on “Eva’s Byte #184: Nom de Plume

  1. A pen name. Funny. I never considered taking one. I wanted my whole self out there, maiden name, married name, and the “me” name. I think at the time I was aiming to prove I had the goods. Your writing is intimate, based on life experiences and maybe composites of people and situations you have known, so a nom de plume works for you. But here I am. Stuck with my real name and writing more often than before about my life. Is that an OOPS? Maybe I should have adopted a nom de plume?

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    1. Susan,
      If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! You were meant to forge ahead the way you are. As writers, we have the freedom to adopt more than one nom de plume, but my assumed identity is an important part of who I am.


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