[name_m]Hi[/name_m] everyone! I’ve been trying to decide whether to write under a pen name or not. I write fantasy, science fiction, and horror (and things that meld those genres). Most of it is adult, but some of it could be considered middle grade or YA. I want to use the same name for everything I write.
[name_f]My[/name_f] name is [name_u]Rory[/name_u] Kranz, but I’ve never thought that Kranz quite fit the genre/tone of my work. I really want to develop a brand with my writing, and I’ve always loved the idea of reinventing yourself as an artist, so I thought using a pen name would be good. However, one of my friends thinks that it doesn’t matter that much because when someone becomes known for a certain thing, then their name becomes connected with that “brand” regardless of if its original sound (like [name_u]Neil[/name_u] Gaiman or even a company like Amazon). But of course, writers, actors ([name_m]Tom[/name_m] [name_f]Cruise[/name_f], [name_f]Viola[/name_f] [name_m]Davis[/name_m]), and musicians ([name_m]David[/name_m] [name_u]Bowie[/name_u], [name_u]Freddie[/name_u] [name_u]Mercury[/name_u]) choose catchier, more marketable names all the time.
If I were to use a pen name it would be [name_u]Rory[/name_u] Woodward (my grandmother’s maiden name).
What do you guys think? [name_u]Rory[/name_u] Kranz or [name_u]Rory[/name_u] Woodward? Which name would make you want to pick up the book? Any thoughts on pen names?