Do You Have A Nom De Plume?


Nom De Plume is just a fancy word for pseudonym, or in plain English, a pen name chosen by an author to hide his real identity.

Did you know the following genre fiction authors have a Nom De Plume?

Stephen King writes Horror. He also writes as Richard Bachman, Eleanor Druse, Steve King, and John Swithen.
Jack Higgins (his pseudonym) writes Mystery. He also writes as Martin Fallon, James Graham, and Hugh Marlowe.
Barbara Michaels (her pseudonym) writes gothic and supernatural Thrillers. She also writes as Elizabeth Peters.
Alistair MacLean writes Mystery. He also writes as Ian Stuart.
Eboni Snoe (her pseudonym) writes African-American Romance.

Is choosing a pen name right for you?

It’s important to know that writing under a pseudonym is a personal decision. Here are 7 reasons for doing so.

  • Your real name is difficult to pronounce or spell.
  • Your last name is near the bottom of the alphabet.
  • Your name is too common. (Hmm. There are a lot of Tracy Campbell’s).
  • You might write in different genres. If you are a woman and you want to reach a male audience, you might want to consider using a masculine name or just initials. Let’s take Romance novelist Nora Roberts, which is her real name, also writes futuristic suspense under the pen name, J.D. Robb. (I’ve thought of using T.C. Mac).
  • You might want to keep aggressive fans at bay.  (I should be so lucky).
  • Your sales weren’t great with your first book and you want to start fresh. (Hopefully, I won’t have that problem).

Before you decide on a Nom De Plume, get a second or a third opinion because the name you choose is your brand and it could haunt you the rest of your life.

Happy Writing

For now, I’ll stick to Tracy Campbell.

Leave a comment. I’d love to know what you think.



About Tracy Campbell

Tracy Campbell is a published artist of calendars, wrapping paper, and gift cards, and as an author of how-to-paint magazine articles, her happy heart sings again sharing the work of her hands through "Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope & Love (Art and Soul Therapy for Kids-At-Heart)". When Tracy's not writing, she loves to sharpen pencils, flip open paint lids, and yank off marker caps to create whimsical works of art just for ewe. Customers say her art is sweet and so warm the designs might leap off the page and land right in your heart. She lives with her supportive hubby and fur baby in Wasaga Beach (the Canadian tourist town known for having the longest freshwater beach in the world). Tracy is also a rare breed dog owner, motorcycle momma, a sinner saved by grace, and a collector of roosters and sheep (thankfully, not live ones). For inspirational and uplifting posts, visit Tracy's website at Follow Tracy on Amazon over at and be notified of future books too.

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  2. I looked up an author the other day…and wow, did he need a nom de plume. I was looking up his fantasy and instead I found a bunch of …. Let’s say non mainstream novels. All I could think was WHHHHHY didnt he use a pen name for those books? I could have saved myself some eye bleach.


    • Hi Angela:
      I broke out laughing when I read your last sentence–“I could have saved myself some eye bleach.” Love it!
      And yes, deciding to use a nom de plume could make or break a writing career.
      Thank you so much for commenting and have a wonderful day!

  3. Very informative. Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.

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