I was tidying up my disaster area of study yesterday and discovered an old note with some names on it. Took me a while to figure out what it was but then I remembered. About ten years ago, when I was but a youngster, I had an idea I’d try writing a Mills and Boon. This was greeted with much mirth by the family (we’d had a few wines) who then decided to find me a pen name. In fact 13 pen names. As follows:
And my personal favourite – Gwendoline Quadd
Was I an idiot? Oh yes, indeed. Not unexpectedly, my pen name is/will be (if the gods of romance are kind) none of the above. I’m going be the relatively staid Jackie Ashenden. The Ashenden part is my mother kindly letting me use her maiden name – thanks Mum. I could use my own name which is Coates but it didn’t have enough flair. There’s my husband’s name (which I didn’t take) which is Vroegop. Maybe there’s a certain je ne sais quoi about Jackie Vroegop which I’m not aware of…? 🙂 Anyway, anyone else going to use a pen name?