V.V. or Varina? Which Author Name Should I Use?
When I started writing five years ago, I thought long and hard about using a pen name. I settled on V.V. Denman. (Which isn’t truly a pseudonym since those are my for-real initials.)
It seemed like a great idea at the time.
Reason #1 – People have trouble with Varina and confuse Denman with Denham. But V.V. is super simple.
Reason #2 – Someday, I might be nauseatingly famous and desire a bit of anonymity.
Vanity check on that last one!
Let’s do the math:
Only a fraction of humans actually read books. Of those, a small percentage enjoy inspirational romance, and a mere handful will choose Jaded.
I’m pretty sure I’ll have enough anonymity to stay humble.
And when I asked my writer-people for their advice on real vs pseudo me?
“Varina is more personal.” “V.V. doesn’t suit the romance genre as well as Varina.” “It doesn’t really matter. Do whatever you want, girl!”
Problem is, I don’t know what I want.
So, I’m putting it to you. What do you think? V.V. or Varina?