Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Road Trip Wednesday: Nom de Plume


It's time for another Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies of YA Highway.
This week's question:

What would your pseudonym be?

I guess if we want to be technical about it, Jessica Love IS a pseudonym. It's my real name, but it's my maiden name, and in "real life" I go by my married name. So my students don't call me Mrs. Love, because I think that would just be weird. (I'm so glad I started teaching the week after I got married.)

I never liked my name when I was growing up. It was too different, too weird, and everyone always had a comment about it. "I LOVE your name!" they would say, as if they were the first ones to think of that oh-so-original play on words. I hated that I became one of those people who was always known by her first and last name together....JessicaLoooooove (always said like that...every time). I couldn't wait to get married and change my name to something normal.

But then I married my husband who has one of the most common last names on the planet, and I am one of a zillion. I miss my unique last name! I miss being Jessica Love! So even though I think Jessica Love sounds vaguely adult fim star-ish, I'm so glad to be able to reclaim it for my writing identity. And at least it's memorable, right? Plus, WHEN I'm published it will put me right there on the shelf next to the god of YA, David Levithan.

What about you...what would your pseudonym be?

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  1. Mine's similar. I tend to use my first and middle name--Eliza Faith. Growing up, I hated my name. I used to call a boy's house and their. mom would always say Elijah, a boy's name! Of course now that I'm older and have seen My Fair Lady, I love it. Go figure.

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    1. It's funny how we hate names as kids and then love them as adults. Dang parents, they knew what they were doing.

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  2. I really have no clue what my pseudonym would be if I ever needed one. I do like how different your maiden name is though.

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    1. Thanks! It's just different enough without being weird, I guess. :-)

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  3. Hmm...if I had to choose a pen name, I'd use my maiden name, too. That's Beckett. For a first name, I'd choose something playful and flirty, like Macy. Macy Beckett. Has a nice ring to it. ;-)

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  4. You have a great "writer" name, not only for bookshelf placement, but also so memorable! I originally thought of using my maiden name as well. Unfortunately, I share that with a very famous actress, and a search in any engine would put me on page 12, if I'm lucky. However, I did feel the need to use a pen name, so I spent some time and chose a meaningful one for me. It was so much fun -- like naming my babies!

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    1. Yeah, it's so tricky when someone else has the same name. There are some other Jessica Loves, but no one famous, so it's okay.

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  5. I thought about using my original middle name (McKay) as my pen last name. But in the end, I decided just to use my real name because, although it sounds like something that would be common, there aren't that many Anne Rileys around!

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    1. Anne Riley has such a nice ring to it!

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  6. Good point about shelf position! I wondered if Adam Aardvark might be a good name, because then I get to be first on the shelf. But being alphabetically next to an already-well-established author could work. Dan Westerfan, Mike Rowlie... mmm, this could turn into an interesting game. Guess which famous author I want to be next to on the shelf! :)

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    1. I know! Pick your name based on shelf position. A good R name for a MG writer would put you between Riordan and Rowling...priceless!

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  7. I guess I just always figured Jessica Love was a pseudonym, but I like it even better that it's your maiden name! Mine's so boring. Blech. But, I haven't put much thought into something different. Not sure if that makes me decidedly uncreative or not...

    I remember looking at the C shelf for MG books and being excited because I would be by a big name, but I can't now remember. Maybe I should go back and take a look. And a picture. :)

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    1. YES. Take a picture and add an arrow that says MY BOOK HERE. It will be awesome motivation. :-)

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  8. When I was younger I really wanted to be an actress, and one of the reasons was so that I'd get to pick a stage name. ha. I've always hated my name. I don't mind my first & last names now, but I still wouldn't say I like them. I still hate my middle name. When I get married I plan on making my last name my middle name so that I can get rid of my horrible middle name for good. I'm not sure what I'd pick for a pseudonym, but I'd definitely like one! I was thinking about using Zanne. I was also considering Vanessa since my middle name means butterfly and Vanessa also means butterfly. So I figure it's basically the same name, just a different translation. ;)

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    1. Vanessa is so pretty. And I like Zanne. That's a fun! And still sort of your name. :-)

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  9. I always wondered if Love was your real last name! It's a really fun name, totally memorable and unique. Glad you got to keep it in your life in some way!

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    1. I am, too. I was so happy to change it when I got married, but then I missed it almost immediately.

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  10. omg I never thought about who I would be next to on the bookshelves! I'm going to have to check that out next time I'm at the bookstore.

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    1. Yes, do it! It's a fun motivational game to actually PICTURE your future book there. :-)

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  11. I always thought Jessica Love was your blogger name. It is so fun and unique. Why would you ever want to change that? Though, I can understand not wanting your students to call you Mrs. Love that would be strange.

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    1. When I was younger it was annoying because everyone had a comment about it. I wanted a name that didn't bring a comment from EVERYONE. And I'm sure I'd get comments from students all the dang time, too.

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  12. I've never thought about bookshelf position! Maybe now I will look into a pseudonym...maybe something starting with G ;)

    I used to complain about how common my last name is all the time, but one of my best friends since freshman year of college is Polish, so I have much more appreciation for my name now. I'm still debating whether or not to throw my middle name in there, too, but I guess I have lots of time to figure that out...

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    1. Middle names always add a little flair. :-)

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  13. Vaguely adult film star-ish. LOL. I had not thought that before. I will not say I love your name, but only because you said not to. I think your maiden name is a fantastic author name.

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  14. I go back and forth with this because my name is so undeniably ethnic. I'm afraid if I do use my real name, my future novels will be relegated in the "African American Interest" shelf in the bookstore.

    That's nowhere near David Levithan. :-(

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  15. I love that you've notice that Jessica Love will live near David Levithan on the bookstore shelf. I definately noticed that Kate Scott will come right after Elizabeth Scott when I settled on that for my penname.

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  16. I would use my maiden name as well, Salmen. If you google that, the only thing that pops up is me.

    There is NO WAY I'd use my married name because having the same name as a playboy bunny/Hef's ex-fiance is not ideal for writing YA

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    1. Yeah, you don't want to be confused with her. Yuck.

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  17. I think it's awesome that your pen name is your real name, but it's also unique and cool enough that it seems like it was one you chose.

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  18. I once knew a doctor with your last name. Yep, Dr. Love. Try visiting that doc without getting ideas =) I really like your name and I think it will look great on the front of books. Great choice to stick with it =)

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    1. I used to joke that I wanted to be a divorce counselor. Haha.

      Thanks!

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  19. My maiden name is Clare and I thought about using it.

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  20. It´s a great writer´s name :-) and you´re right quite memorable...I am still wondering about what last name to use when I get published (hubby has a very complicated last name :-)). One step at a time though, today I just revealed my real first name lol :-)

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  21. haha your last name is SOOO common even us Changs make fun of it lol

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    1. I know, dude. EVERYONE has my dang name.

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  22. I'm in a similar boat--I use Searles, which is my maiden name, but not my legal one. I actually prefer my married name for its simplicity, but I couldn't imagine writing under anything but the name I grew up with.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean. My maiden name is ME. 100% me. That's who I am.

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  23. Yeah, Jessica's a tricky name--it's mine too :) If you pair that with a common last name (like my maiden name of Phillips) you can forget about Google results. (But hey, I had dopplegangers who sang on Broadway and play high school tennis in Mississippi.) Jessica Love has just the right amount of unusual-ness without being confusing or hard to pronounce.

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    1. Oh yes, there are many of us Jessicas out there.

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  24. I really want to stick with my name but it's not the most interesting.

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    1. Names don't have to be super interesting...they just need to fit you. :-)

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  25. My full name is Jennifer and that's how I'm known at work, but I go by Jennie everywhere else. I figure I will keep Jennie if my writing career every blossoms. I just like the unique aspect of it...and it feels more me than Jennifer.

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  26. I don't have a pseudonym in mind, but I can comisserate about a name that people constatnly remind you about. My maiden name begins with a "K," so I got a lot of "does your middle name start with a K?!" No, my parents are not horrible people and didn't begin my middle name with a K. I was very happy to have an easy to spell and pronounce married name. :-)

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    1. Hahaha...that would have been horrible!

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  27. I've thought about this quite a bit. I did the same thing. My maiden name was Muzik (Music) which is SUPER rare. I hated it. Now I married a Craig which is super common. I miss my name. :) I will probably go by my maiden name if I ever get published (god willing).

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    1. I didn't realize that was your maiden name! Pretty!

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  28. Missing you, so I decided to stalk your blog for a bit. I've thought about putting my middle initial on the end of my first name. Juliel Hughes. Or maybe Julielle. Too weird?

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