J.K. Rowling is my hero. Her personal story is so inspirational and her books are what got me reading and writing in the first place and put me on my current path.
After the revelation that JK Rowling published a crime novel under a pen name, the BBC News website has published an interesting article discussing why established and new authors sometimes write under a pseudonym, including discussion of why editors will suggest a pen name and the effects of an author’s name on book sales. If you want to create a pen name for yourself, the last section (Make It Memorable) offers advice on doing so. You will find the article here: JK Rowling or Robert Galbraith: How to pick a pen name
I do intend to (hopefully!) publish under my name but this article has me thinking about whether my real name is right for the genre I want to write in. Would it sound good as the author of a fantasy novel or crime or another type of writing? I do have a middle name but it is very effeminate so I may, in that respect, have a similar problem to Rowling: boys don’t buy or read books by women.
In time, I will probably know but for now, I am happy to post some of my work on deviantART under my username whilst continuing to write and, hopefully, at least get published in more traditional ways.