My nom to be exact.
I have been sailing around the lit blogs lately and it has come to my attention that an awful lot of writers, for one reason or another, are using an alias. The most prominent section are the Romancers who have romancy-like names to suit their romancy-like writing. Most of them end with a 'ham' interestingly. These names are tailored to suit the genre - you couldn't have a 'Lucy Haversham' writing crime capers when 'Dirk Blackwell' is much more in keeping!
My real name is fairly pleasant but is open to constant pispronounciation, even the daft trollop in the bank, who has known me for twenty years still gets it wrong!! It would be nice to have a name that people could get right the first time without having to point out that the missing letter is irrelevent and that the family has been calling themselves this since the fifteenth century!
So what would I call me? Fantasy writers range from the ordinary Anne McCaffrey to China Mieville to the Romany influenced Tanith Lee.
I even thought about changing sex.
Hmmm.......Thud Wrangler ( a name that came from a suggestion of choosing two things that are near to you.
Don't think so.
Other name suggestions have come in the form of choosing the name of your first pet and your mother-in-laws maiden name, sounded good until I put it together.
Please meet Fanny Plapp!!