By Dorian Box
A difficult decision in publishing Psycho-Tropics was whether to use my real name or a pseudonym or “pen name.”
There are good reasons and bad reasons for using a pen name. Bad reasons include thinking you can get away with libeling people or invading their privacy by hiding behind a pen name. Good reasons may include disguising gender, switching genres, or keeping boundaries in different parts of your life.
The reasons often vary as between new self-published writers and established writers. No point reinventing the wheel here, as many people have already explored this issue very well. Here are some good posts on the subject:
My decision to use a pseudonym was based on not wanting to commingle my professional life as a college professor, which includes a lot of scholarly writing, with fiction writing. I contacted Mr. Zaharoff, a lawyer, author of the first post listed above, for his opinion, and appreciated his good advice, which was: If your instinct tells you to use a pen name, it’s probably right to follow it.
As an aside, friends have asked, “How did you come up with Dorian Box?”
It’s a big mystery.