This Week's Topic
If you couldn't use your own name, what would your pseudonym or penname be?
I actually know how to answer this question. Because Kate Scott is kind of a penname. It's not a huge divergence from the name on my birth certificate, but it is a name I selected because I couldn't use my own name. I was born Katherine Elliott. While I answer to the name Katherine, most of my friends call me Kate, and I think the name Kate has a more YA feel to it. So the choice of Kate over Katherine for a penname was easy.
Kate Elliott, it has a nice ring to it, don't you think? Yeah, this lady thinks so too.
Sadly, I am not a best selling adult fantasy author. And the lady who has been publishing novels in my name for decades, her real name is actually Alis Rasmussen. Oh the injustice of it all. I actually met Alis Rasmussen, I mean Kate Elliott once. She’s a very nice person. She even apologized for steeling my name. But considering how many books she's written using my glorious name, she's not planning on switching back to Rasmussen any time soon.
So clearly I needed a penname. I thought about inventing something totally original. But I really do like my name. I could have been Katherine Elliott, or K. Elliott, or K.M. Elliott. But the dream of publishing as an Elliott was lost to me. So I took my husbands last name instead. By marriage I am a Scott. And so my penname is now Kate Scott. It's not quite Kate Elliott, but it does have a nice ring to it. It even rhymes with Great Scott, which makes me feel that much more exceptional.
So what about you? What penname would you chose if a fantasy writing Rasmussen stole your name?