What’s In A Name?

I just wanted to let all of you know I’m changing my pen name and so the URL of this site will change. There is an author in Australia who uses the name I’ve been writing under for the last year and I have no desire to be confused with another writer. My new pen name is Nicole Evelina. I’m going to try to get a redirect from this site to the new one, but we’ll see how technically proficient I am. Wish me luck!

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2 thoughts on “What’s In A Name?

  1. Dear Nicole, that´s what I mean. You know what you want, how long did you think off the new name, I do it since a few years and so not know it till now. Should I use my Birthname or my name after marriage or take a piece of every name. I´m impressed that you know what´s your name as author is. I think my name will be found in a few years maybe 😉 Wish you Success with your Triologie. Kind Regards Bettina

    • Hi Bettina,

      Thank you so much for your wishes of success.

      I don’t write under my legal last name because no one can spell it, pronounce it or remember it. (It’s very uncommon in the US.) It only took me a few hours this time to come up with my new name. I knew I wanted something that had a story behind it, sounded nice and has a pretty meaning. I took the name Evelina because my mom was helping me look through a character naming book and noticed Evelina is a variation of her name and it’s also Celtic, meaning “light.” The fact that it both honors her and fits in with the people and time period I write about made it perfect. The most time consuming part was searching (Google, Amazon, Goodreads) to make sure no one had it already so there won’t be any problems when I finally do get published.

      Only you can decide what name is right for you to write under. Many people use their legal names because it’s a lot easier. Some people take pen names because they want to hide their identity for various reasons or, like me, have a name that isn’t marketable. Keep thinking about it and when the time is right, you’ll know. (Just make sure someone published doesn’t already have it!) You really have until you sign your publishing agreement (or self-publish) to change your mind. It’s easier if you can stick with one from the beginning, it doesn’t always work out that way. Best of luck to you!

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