Why do some writers use fake names? There are a few reasons. Maybe a lot of reasons, but these are the ones I know:
- A writer who writes in different genres may choose a different pen name for each genres as a way to let readers know which genre the book they are considering was written in.
- Writers of porn and/or erotica may not want friends and family to know what they write so they may choose pen names to hide behind.
- A writer may choose a pen name to help sell books. For instance, a simple name starting with one of the first letters of the alphabet makes it easier to find and remember that writer’s books than a long, unusual name that will get that book near the bottom of any list of books that’s listed alphabetically by author name.