Samantha MacLeod is a pen name. (I know, it’s great, isn’t it?)
So why am I using a pen name? Well, my dear reader, I’d love to tell you.
Pen Name Pros
The biggest pro, in my opinion, is this: My grandmother will never read the super explicit sex scenes in my novel.
(Got your interest? Preview the novel here.)
If I had to write my novel thinking about what my grandmother, sister, Mom, Dad, Aunt, Uncle, dog, and cat would think of me after they’d read it, I’d be like this:
But once I started writing under a pen name, I knew wouldn’t have to look my family in the eyes and say, “Yup, Loki cut her clothes off in Act I, Scene I. And she liked it.”
And then I was like this:
And there’s another pro for pen names: I have a secret identity.
In my regular life, I’m a mild-mannered adjunct professor.
But in my secret life, I’m writing whatever the hell I want, whenever the hell I feel like it. Without worrying about my friends or family ever reading it.
Yup. Bruce Wayne and I have something in common.
Not the mansion. Or the money. Or the cool gadgets.
Just the secret identity.
Still, it’s not all pros…
Pen Name Cons
So my family and friends don’t know I’m writing erotica. That’s great – I’ve got my freedom.
But I also don’t have the built-in audience for my stuff.
AKA, I can’t guilt my friends and family into buying my novel.
So everyone who buys my book is going to buy it because they want to read a novel that opens with Loki cutting someone’s clothes off. Not because I wrote it.
And that’s cool.
And also a little terrifying.