When it came to building my author brand I did consider writing under a pseudonym. At the time I thought all writer’s wrote under pseudonyms, and since I wanted to be a writer I believed it was important to think of a pseudonym. After doing a little more research and struggling with thinking up a cool name to write by I decided that my initials and last name were good enough.
I was writing young adult fantasy with a base in a medieval-ish historical world. Wiltshire sounded right enough and I took one from J.K. Rowling’s book and stuck with my real initials and last name.
I’ve gotten a lot of people asking me about why I didn’t just go with my first name and last name? The honest answer is, I didn’t think it suited my books and I would rather not people know right off the bat I’m a female writer. Sadly, there is still stigma against women writers and most assume that if you’re a woman writing books then it is going to be a romance… which isn’t always the case.
So, D.M. Wiltshire is what I write under because people don’t prejudge my books because of the author name. Which, if you think about it, is sad that bullpoop still happens in 2018.
The only time I think I would write under a pseudonym is if I change genres. Even then it depends on the content I am writing. If I change to write for a much older, ‘maturer’, audience then I will likely write under a pseudonym not to confuse my younger readers.