Wednesday, December 12, 2012


What do porn stars and writers have in common?

They use pseudonyms! What did you think I was talking about?

Do you recognize these names?

1)     Anne Rampling
2)     Richard Bachman
3)     Victoria Lucas
4)     Currer Bell
5)     Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
6)     Eric Arthur Blair
7)     Mary Ann Evans
8)     William Sydney Porter
9)     Francois-Marie Arouet
10) David John Moore Cornwell
11) Sanuel Langhorne Clemens
12) Theodore Seuss Geisel
13) Edgar Box
14) Diedrich Nickerbocker

These may be a little more familiar.
1)     Anne Rice
2)     Stephen King
3)     Sylvia Plath
4)     Charlotte Bronte
5)     Lewis Carroll
6)     George Orwell
7)     George Eliot
8)     O. Henry
9)     Voltaire
10) John Le Carre’
11) Mark Twain
12) Dr. Seuss
13) Gore Vidal
14) Washington Irving

They are the same people (match the numbers).

Tell me, have you ever used a pseudonym?

Write soon,


  1. Mary--What a hook! That first line certainly grabbed my attention.

    No, I've never used one. However, if I ever got successful in a genre like romance, I would definitely use a pseudonym.

    How 'bout you? Have you ever used a nom de plume?

  2. I've only used one when I was young and out with my girlfriends in a bar one night ;) Thanks for this interesting info.

  3. I've thought about it, but have never come up with a good one!

  4. No, though I have a friend who publishes romance novels. She uses one name for her "tame" books and another for her more risque ones.

    Critter Alley

  5. What a great list.
    #7, George Eliot, aka Mary Ann Evans, brings back a memory.
    In high school I wrote a book report on "Silar Marner," one of my all-time favorite books. When I wrote about how much I admired Mr. Eliot's writing, the goodly nun who taught English wrote in red ink that Mr. Eliot was actually a woman named Mary Ann Evans.

  6. Thanks for sharing your story! How do you know unless someone tells you?