To quote Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: ” What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Which begs a question: If I change my pen name, am I still me? Of course I am.
Yesterday (06/12/2012) I made the decision to change my nom de plume. For the record it used to be: N. Alexandria Cornelius. Even though that is a nice name for a writer and possible author, in reality it’s too long.
Too long for people (possible fans) to say, too long for people (possible fans) to remember. Let’s face it, even I had a problem recalling the thing! It too darned long to put on the front of a book cover. Unless said book cover happens to be one of the wrap around kind which folds out like a paper map…….
I now can look back I wonder, what was I smoking or drinking when I concocted that name? Even though I don’t smoke or imbibe, I still went off the rails with that one! I must have thought I was either naming a ship, or a prized race horse.
So in order to come up something easy to remember and a lot easier to place on the front of my book(s), off I went to the online name sites and……… drum roll please……
Amadi Kyymm. The first name Amadi (Ah-MA-Dee) is African/Ghanaian for “beautiful”. It also has a very deep alternate meaning “child predicted to die at birth”, which has special meaning to me. I was born prematurely and the doctors had predicted to my Mom that I wouldn’t live. But, here I sit……..
Why do I have a pen name in the first place? Please check out the following interesting and informative article.
Five Good Reasons To Use A Pen Name
#4. Can be easily adapted to what I’d previously mentioned. If your pen name is not easy to pronounce, no one will remember you.
#5. Privacy is tantamount for me. Not that I will become famous or anything. But, I’m ever so blessed, I don’t care to be mobbed in the streets, the supermarket, or the subways. I’d also like to maintain a measure of privacy at work too.