What's In a Name?

Nora Roberts as J.D. RobbIn the grand tradition of authors such as Mark Twain (real name Samuel Clemens) and Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Dodgson) Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has written a mystery novel using the pen name Robert Galbraith.  Authors use pseudonyms for a variety of reasons, including having an extremely common name, wanting to publish books in multiple genres without audience expectations or just to preserve their anonymity. Some pseudonyms are common knowledge. Most people know that Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb are the same person, but many authors are not so open, which can cause readers to miss books from much beloved authors because they are not in the know.  Here are the romance authors I’ve found who use pen names to write other novels, some romance and some used for non-romances.  Which authors are not on the list?


Dinah McCall aka Sharon Sala
Jayne Ann Krentz
aka Jayne Castle aka Amanda Quick     
Meggin Cabot
aka Meg Cabot
Madeline Baker
aka Amanda Ashley
Michelle Maddox
aka Morgan Rhodes aka Michelle Rowen
M.C. Beaton
aka Marion Chesney
  Kinley MacGregor
aka Sherrilyn Kenyon
Jessica Bird
aka J.R. Ward                                                                                                                                                

Flickr CC: Nora Roberts as J.D. Robb Photo by: Lester Public Library