I don't - at least not yet. When I started on this wild ride called, "publication," it didn't occur to me that a pen name might be advantageous.
By the time I discovered another writer in the general market with the same name and living in the same state, it was too late. I would have had to start platform building from scratch and that wasn't happening.
Authors use pen names for many reasons:
1. Some wish to protect their privacy.
2. Others want to protect their families.
3. They want to select a name that works better with their genre.
4. They want to avoid confusion if they write in more than one genre.
5. In my situation, distinguishing between two writers with the same name.
Questions to ask yourself:
1. Are there other writers with your name? Do a Google search for authors with the same/similar name. Also, enter your name in the Amazon search box.
2. If your book becomes a blockbuster, will you be comfortable having your real name plastered everywhere?
3. Do you have an extremely long/unusual name that readers might have a hard time remembering?
4. Are you planning to write in more than one genre or to produce both fiction and non-fiction?
5. Will using my real name endanger my family?
I might consider a pen name in the future - especially for a different genre. For now, I'll be around as the real me, Susan J. Reinhardt. :)
Writers: What are your thoughts concerning pen names?
Readers/Bloggers: Being on the Internet presents many challenges. How do you protect your privacy?