I had a pen name as a published poetess/novelist before and although I gave up on my old dream of being a professional published writer and terminated all my contracts, I still write under a pen name. I think we do never know what may happen in life, and keeping one’s private life safe a minimum is welcomed (especially when one writes about some sensitive topics). For having been an active poetess with undemocratic - well, misanthropic - opinions, I earned myself few threats and it’s my pen name that has kept me safe. When I decided that it was time for me to put an end on the melodrama and do something else of my life, I have just stripped myself of my old pen name and chose a new one, peacefully.
I changed my pen name but I will keep this new one forever if possible. If I didn’t have problems with the old one I wouldn’t have changed it. One can’t reflect an image of a professional, serious person if they don’t keep some constancy in their opinions and style, and the same goes for the pen name. I can at least congratulate myself for being still faithful to my opinions and style … though