HOW TO PICK YOUR ROMANCE NOVELIST PEN NAME.
I ran across this somewhere and thought it was fun to share. Now, I didn't use this when I was picking my pen name. Lori Wilde was bestowed upon me by Birgit Davis-Todd from Harlequin. My real first name is Laurie, but apparently Laurie is too old-fashioned. "Lori," I was told, "is hipper."
Then I learned that Lori was one of the top 5 names of playboy playmates, so how could I argue with that for hipness? (I still like Laurie better, but even my husband calls me Lori now.)
Anyway, here's how to pick your romance novelist pen name. For your first name, take the name of your first pet. Mine was gray dachsund named Smokey.
For the last name take the name of the street where you lived when you were born. For me, that was Vine Street.
So instead of Lori Wilde, I would be Smokey Vine. Hmm, that sounds like a Rastafarian name to me. LOL. Maybe I should send Birgit a thank you letter for Lori Wilde.
(I also heard another version of this where you pick your maternal grandmother's first name and the street you live on now. In that case, I'd be Glenna Valley. Lori Wilde is still winning.)
So how about you? Given either perimeter, what would be your romance novelist pen name?