Major props if you figured it out and knew the title came from Aladdin. Even more props if you knew that Nom de plume meant pen name. There is a debate all over the publishing stratosphere regarding whether or not to use a pen name. I have only read part of the discussion and I can only tell you my reasoning and why I chose to use a pen name instead of my real name. I didn’t want my name famous. That may seem like an oxymoron. Why would I write if I didn’t want my name to be famous, but I have my reasons. I also very much enjoy my privacy. I don’t want my name famous because I don’t want this to be an ego-driven pursuit of fame and popularity. I don’t want to brag and say look what I did. I just want to write. The penname allows me to separate the writer me from myself. Two separate entities. My, the graduate and blogger and Lara Sean, the writer.
Lara Sean is also a simpler version of my name. It is easily recognizable, easy to pronounce and easy spell. I have had so many people butcher the pronunciation and spelling of my name that I don’t want to put myself through this for the publishing of my book. I want something easy and “author- sounding” yet still me. The name Lara Sean has been in my mind for a while. It comes from my middle name but I won’t say in what way (hee hee). I was going to make it a character in another book, but as I started toying with the idea of using a pen name, I realized I already had one in my pocket. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I stand by my decision to use a pen name and now you know why. I am glad Lara Sean will soon grace the cover of my book.
From the #1 Rule-breaker,
P.S. Omg OMG OMG!!! The first copy of my book arrived two days ago. I actually have my book in my hands to touch and look at it. It’s surreal. This is actually happening. 28 more days and you can have your copy, too.
P.P.S. Don’t forget pre-ordering is still available to get your copy signed by me and sent to you by November 14th.