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#21 Nä-lé Änäkä

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Posted 07 June 2015 - 01:38 AM

I thought of using a different name but I love being who I am. I only shorten it to initials for space, and you can't read my first name when I sign it anyway.

#22 Nila N Brown

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Posted 19 September 2015 - 07:46 AM

Full name - Nila N. Brown. I used to hate my name but now I see it as a brand. 

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Posted 27 March 2016 - 12:46 PM

Used initials and last name. I'm from a very small town (pop approx. 3k) that leans heavily to the red side of the red-blue state spectrum. Given that my work touched pretty heavily on controversial subject matter I was really tempted to go with a pen name instead of my real name. In the end I just couldn't. The idea of hiding behind a pen name just left too much of a bad taste in my mouth, but then again I wasn't quite ready to lead with my chin either so initials seemed like the best compromise for me.

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 07:03 PM

My agent suggested going "gender neutral" because my first MS is first person in a girl's voice - so a male name on the cover makes that hard on the reader's inner voice. I'm cool with that.

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 12:30 PM

How I decide is because of J.k Rowling I like the way it look for her and I like the way it is for me.


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Posted 02 July 2016 - 11:00 AM

I decided to go with a full pen name for multiple reasons. First, because I lost my middle name when I got married and I really liked it. Second, because I was named after my great-grandfather so using his last name was a way to honor that. Third, because I have my hands (or keys if you will) in a lot of different pies in the publishing world and I like to keep things separate. I do non-fiction, I do journalism, I do poetry, I freelance, and I'm trying to set up my own publisher. Keeping the fantasy books separate seemed a no-brainer.

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