4 Reasons for Using a Pen Name: Why I’m Using a Pseudonym

Pieter Claesz Painting

“Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill” by Pieter Claesz. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “The Collection Online.”

When my novella, “In His Corner,” is published by Lyrical Press, the book won’t carry my name but my pseudonym—Vina Arno. It’s going to be my first book-length work of fiction, so some people are asking: Why use a pen name? I’ll explain below. I also looked up other writers who used pseudonyms—from Agatha Christie to Stephen King—and came up with four good reasons for using a pen name. (more…)

Publishing Breakthrough: What it Feels Like to be Finally Accepted by a Publisher

"Cupcake" by Nina Fazzi

Being accepted by a publisher is sweet. (“Cupcake” by Nina Fazzi. Copyright © 2014 by Nina Fazzi. All Rights Reserved.)

It was a Thursday like any other—eight hours in the office, dinner with the family at home, and a treadmill workout, while I watched Brad Pitt’s “Killing Them Softly” on DVD. The movie was abysmal, but Brad looked good, and I burned some calories. What happened next, however, was what made April 10, 2014, one of the best days of my life. (more…)