A change of name

Some of you may have noticed that the name on my books does not match the name on my blog. Who is this Wainwright fellow masquerading as the loveable Hughes we all know so well?

Well, it’s me. E. A. Hughes is (was) my pen-name. I may still use it, but for now I’m going to start going by my real name.

I chose to use a pen name when I first started writing, for three reasons:

  1. I hated the way my name looked.
  2. I didn’t want to be stuck on the bottom right-hand corner of every bookshelf in every bookshop and library in the world.
  3. I had a fond metafictional notion of including Edwin Allison Hughes into the story, in a Lemony Snicket sort of way.

In the end, however, I’ve decided that I’d rather have my real name on my work, especially now I’m getting more popular around the school. It just makes sense not to confuse the kids, and it’s too much work to design two covers for every single book I print.

So what do you reckon? Is E. A. Hughes better than Matthew Wainwright? Does one have more cachet than the other? Any favourite pen-names from history? Any views on using a pen name? Anyone feel betrayed and violated (anyone?)?

Rest assured I am still the same person.

Oh, and Coals of Fire II: The Golem is gathering pace. More news soon.

Thanks all.

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  1. Wainwright is a rarer name than Hughes, so that helps. And it has a poetical bounce to it: Wordsworth, Wainwright, Whitman.
    You could always use Hughes when you feel it necessary; for a tester book/blog for example, if you’re still unsure of the genre or style you’ve gone for.

    1. Thanks 🙂 I’ve always been hesitant about my surname, but I guess it is my name after all. I can’t afford to be too choosy about using it! I shall have to join the ranks of the great Ws of literature, and accept my place at the bottom right-hand corner of the shelf.

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