Friday, May 21, 2010

Coming Out of the Closet Once Again


I'm coming out again, but this time is has nothing to do with being gay. This time I'm talking about a pen name I've used several times over the years.


In the anthology, LASTING LUST, I edited last year I included one of my own short stories and I used a pen name. The title of the story is "Back in the Day," and the pen name I used is "R. Wilde." I did this because the story is slightly different than others I've written with my real name, and I wanted it to stand alone.


But I've been getting e-mails since the book was released about this, so I've decided to admit it once and for all (smile). After all, it's not like I'm admitting all my pen names.

3 comments:

Rebecca Leigh said...

I understand the need for pen names. Everything you write is completely amazing, Ryan/R. Wilde/whoever else you are!

Thank you for sharing!!

Back in the Day is just as fabulous as your other stories!!

Leigh M. Lane said...

I find pen names fascinating. What ultimately makes the decision, in your works, as to which name you decide to write under?

I had thought about using a pen name when I first got published, but it just didn't feel right. There was so much that I wasn't sure I could keep straight. Moreover, should pen names have their own biographies? Should they have any affiliations with their "real name" authors? Does there ever come a time when one regrets using a pen name (or not using one)?

This is an interesting subject, and I appreciate your thoughts on it.

ryan field said...

Thanks Rebecca :))

Lisa...in this case, with Lasting Lust, I didn't want to compete with the other authors. The people who submitted stories were very good.

The only other time I'll use a pen name is when switching genres, which I've done a few times.