post by Michelle Griep
Cue evil laughter. I'm here to break the code. Here are some famous authors, the pen names that they used, and the reason why they used a pen name instead of their real name.
Steven King = Richard Bachman
So he could write 2 books a year and not send up red flags to readers that his writing might not be up to par because of so much production.
J.K. Rowling = Robert Galbraith
She wanted to work without the pressure of having to live up to the "Harry Potter" name.
Michael Crichton = John Lange
He was a student at a university and he didn't want his instructors discovering he had such a time consuming "hobby" that might take away from his studying.
The Bronte Sisters = Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell
They wanted to avoid any judgment on their writing based on their gender.
Isaac Asimov = Paul French
His books were being made into a TV series and he didn't want the producer to find out and ruin them.
Nora Roberts = J.D. Robb
The standard "wanted to write in a different genre than her usual."
Dr. Seuss = Theo Lesieg
Had a bit of a bad-boy reputation from a night of drinking so he was relieved of his university columnist stint.
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