I am sure this has been covered fully on the boards, but I spent some time looking and didn’t find my exact issue and was hoping I could get some help! I am interested in starting to publish my writing/develop a following and already have stories, blog post, and knowledge of marketing & social media in the wings to get me started. Unfortunately, the name I was going to use is already a published author!
I was going to use J. E. (Last Name) as my handle as I didn’t want a pen name, but that is exactly what this other author is using. I hadn’t even considered it an issue before this point, as I don’t have that common of a last name.
My issue is I write mostly adventure novels and wanted to use a gender-neutral option, but my name and middle name are both quite feminine. Julia & Elizabeth respectively. If I put any combination with my last name, it sounds like a romance author’s name. (Excuse me for being vague, but I don’t want my full name shared.) I also don’t have any options for a neutral nickname.
Any suggestions about how I should continue? I am worried if I pick a pen name and start working on a following, I will be making a mistake. But I don’t want to publish my work under an overtly feminine name either…