Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Road Trip Wednesday- What's in a name?
This Week's YA Highway Road Trip Topic
If you couldn't use your own name, what would your pseudonym or penname be?
This one's a little complicated. It's not that I can't use my real name, but I already write under a psuedonym.
Hoffine is my maiden name.
There are a few different reasons I use it:
First off, my married name is almost as common as Jennifer...and that's saying a lot because it doesn't get much more common than Jennifer, esp among women my age.
Next, I wanted a little bit of cushion between my web and personal lives. I say a bit, since now that I've joined Facebook for High School Reunion purposes, that cushion is about as thin as a sheet.
Most important, and the reason my very first queries went out with the name Hoffine on them, is that I promised my dad that if I ever published anything it would be under his name, since he had no sons to carry on the name for him. Of course, as an education major, I think he figured that would be in a professional journal or maybe a curriculum book, but I think he'd approve of YA, and my writing. I still hope to do him proud with his name.
What about you? What name would you use?