I've seen this one making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter, and the answer is always as unique as the individual answering. We all have our reasons for either having them or not having them. And they are rarely what others believe. So here is a little about why I chose a pen name.
I didn't come onto the writing scene until 2006 when I received my first contract. Then my first book came out in 2007. When I was going through the process with that first book, I was told to pick a pen name. My editor told me that due to the fact that I write erotic romance and am a single mom of three, I should go with a pen name and not use my real name. Not all editors will give that advice. And good or bad for other people, it was the right advice for me.
I chose Lacey Thorn and haven't looked back. It is unfortunate that people can be judgemental when it comes to things that they either don't know or don't what to know. Erotica is a hot spot for many. Writing it has led me to be considered many things by many people. It no longer startles or upsets me. Honestly, it saddens me.
I'm a single mom with three kids. Though some people in my community are aware of what I write, not everyone is. I taught preschool for years. I love kids and love working with them. But I write erotic romance in my free time and there are those that think I can't or shouldn't do both. They are the same people who would force me to choose.
As far as it seems we've come, we still have a long ways to go. Only when we learn not to judge others can we really appreciate the diversity that our world holds. Writing erotica makes me no more of a slut than writing horror make Stephen King a serial killer. It's what we write, not who we are. Not all accountants are boring. Not all lawyers are evil. Etc...
I love what I do. Period. I love writing and creating characters and stories from my imagination. I like taking the reader into the bedroom and opening up a new world for them. Relationships involve sex, ans sex is a beautiful expression of love and lust. People have sex. It can be sensual, dirty and wild. And there is nothing wrong with that.
So maybe a pen name wasn't your choice. That's okay. I won't judge you for it. I just ask that you return the favor. My kids come first and if writing under a different name allows them protection from snooty people who would prefer to talk about their mother instead of meeting her... Well, then. I have no regrets. On the name or the career. Hopefully, you don't either.
It's your world...unlaced
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