Pseudonyms – To Use or Not to Use

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and I’m wondering – should I have used a pseudonym for my martial arts novels? If I’m honest, it’s a bit late to worry about it now as the final proof of the cover, sporting my real name, is winging it’s way to me for my approval. However, there is still a niggle.

Due to the nature of the book my main audience will probably be teenage boys. Will they relate to a book written by a far from teenage female? I refused to have an author photo on the cover for that reason. Well, that and because I don’t really like the idea of my pic staring from the back cover of my book. It’s bad enough on this web site but they say a photo inspires confidence in your visitors, so there you have it.  😐

Maybe I should have used my middle name, Ashley, instead.  That way they wouldn’t know if it was a male or female author. I’ve been in and out of dojo for years, so it’s not that I don’t have the experience to write on my topic but do I have the credibility in the eyes of my audience?

I have the same problem with a skateboarding column that I write. Most of the readers are young and male then along comes “Granny on Wheels”.  We worked around that by adding an element of humour or, more accurately put, making me an object of ridicule. But the concept worked well and the kids seem to love it.

Perhaps I’m just being paranoid. Maybe they won’t even notice the name on the book or, if they do, they probably won’t care anyway.

2 thoughts on “Pseudonyms – To Use or Not to Use”

  1. Emil says:

    What you say, makes sense. I think the middle name idea is great. On the other hand, you are telling a story. Readers will get involved because of it, and its characters.

    Maybe not paranoid, but perhaps pre-publishing jitters? Your name, after all, will on the cover, and with it, a piece of yourself exposed.

    See it in the same light as the morning or evening before the wedding 😉

    1. Karen says:

      Hi Emil,
      Hehehe, this is far more scary than my wedding was.

      I do still like the middle name idea but it’s a bit late for that now. I’m just about to post the reason why on the blog. 😉


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