I write under a pseudonym. Why you ask? Because I want to remain anonymous to my neighbors and protect my kids in case I'm ever famous.
No? Okay, you got me.
Because I'm really a best selling author who wants to see if she can do it all again on her own.
What? That's even less believable?
Alright, the truth is because I have a very large fear of failure. My whole life I've been afraid of trying anything I might fail at, so I never did. High school and college, I never tried out for anything if there was a chance I wouldn't be the best. Don't get me wrong, I did things, just not challenging things. So you'd think I would have learned to be a little braver, looking back on all the fun I probably missed out on.
Well, believe it or not, even though I don't use my real name, just doing this writing thing at all is a big step. Because typically I have a dream, then talk myself out of it because of fear. But this time I went forward. I wrote the book, published it, am doing publicity, and my fear is abating. I started telling my family that I'm writing a book (they think it's my first) and it will come out this summer. It's a big step for me. And even if it fails, I feel really good about doing it at all.
So, anyone else out there using a pseudonym? What's your reason? You can even leave a comment under anonymous and I'll understand:)