Agh! I’ve thought long and hard about this and I’m sorry to be a pain in the butt, but the time has come for me to revert back to my real name, Lauren.
When I first adopted the pseudonym Jayne Fordham, (Jayne is my middle name and then I just made up Fordham) it was for online purposes. I started blogging about books online and then joining up to a range of social media sites and I was cautious about using my real name. Though I did make it clear I was using a pseudonym.
Why did I use a pen name? Because I’m a psychologist during my day job and I am aligned with various registration bodies, I work for the Health department and I work with people who are dealing with sensitive issues. I purely adopted a pseudonym for confidentiality purposes. Though I’m sure savvy online researchers could make the link to my real name somewhere, I didn’t particularly want to make it easy. Then, I started self-publishing and it was only natural for me to continue using my pen name.
So what’s the problem?
Hmm. It seems my online world is slowly merging with the real world. I recently attended a convention and met a bunch of people whom I’ve spoken to online, they know me as Jayne and greeted me by this name. This is perfectly okay because that’s the name I’ve put out there.
But I realised I just don’t feel like a Jayne and I’ve met people whom I’ve chatted online with for quite some time who were quite surprised when they met me. When I initially chose the pseudonym, my mum told me Jayne Fordham sounded like an old person’s name! Even though she gave me Jayne as a middle name!
For the most part, my friends and family look at me like I have three heads when I say I write under a pseudonym, probably because they don’t completely understand the nature of my work. But I’ve developed an online presence over the past 2 years and I’m starting to make progress with my writing and putting feelers out for publication so I feel like now is a better time than any to revert back to my real first name, Lauren, and to continue using a pseudo- surname.
I feel much more comfortable using my real first name and the surname is much more closely linked to my family history which sits far better with me than a name I made up on the spur of the moment when I created my book blog.
As a reader, I can see how annoying and confusing pseudonyms can sometimes be, so I’m sorry!
I’m still the same person; I haven’t made up anything else about myself- just to put the record straight! It’s just now I get to use my real name! YAY
How will this affect my future written work?
I intend to publish any future writing under Lauren Murphy.
The only exception will be the continuation of the Elite series, which I will continue to publish under Jayne Fordham- because it would be a nightmare to change the name halfway through the series.
And if you still call me Jayne by accident, i won’t hold it against you!
Hope you all had a lovely weekend.