Most of us know that Mark Twain is the nom de plume of humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, and it’s common knowledge that that the real name of Dr. Seuss is Theodor Seuss Geisel, but did you know the beloved children’s author also published under the names Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone?
You may have heard that George Eliot was really Mary Ann Evans and Isak Dinesen was actually Karen Blixen, but did you know famed mystery writer Agatha Christie wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott?
You may have heard of Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum, but what about Edith Van Dyne, Floyd Akers, John Estes Cooke, Laura Bancroft, Suzanne Metcalf and Schuyler Staunton – some of his numerous aliases?
And you may be a fan of suspense author Dean Koontz, but what about David Axton, Leonard Chris, Brian Coffey, Deanna Dwyer, K.R. Dwyer, Leigh Nichols, Arthur North, Richard Page, Owen West – all names Koontz has published under?
You may not know Howard Allen Frances O'Brien, but you’ve definitely heard of her work. A.N. Roquelaure aka, Anne Rampling aka Anne Rice chose her most famous first name on the first day of school rather than have to explain why her unconventional mother decided to name her after her father.
Have you written anything under a little known pen name or a super secret alias? It’s time to confess so we can say we knew you when.