E. Logan is a pen name. My real name doesn’t even sound like my pen name. So why? Why use it? Well… the answer isn’t a short one.
Quite a few people who know me personally have asked why I used a pen name. It’s a reasonable question, but it’s a pretty long-winded answer, so I usually just shrug and say: I’ve been using it since middle school. Yes, that part is very true, but there’s a bit more to it, so I thought I’d address it.
Tons of authors, performers, artists use alternate names for their work. Sometimes it is out of necessity (with unions and the like. Luckily, my real name is still available. So far). Sometimes it is for a reason. Either way, it’s a deeply personal decision, and I respect the decision not just because I made it for myself, but because it’s a reflection of how someone wants to present themselves.
Now, mine starts off a little silly and whimsical. I was a kid, literally, and I had big dreams of being a house-hold named actress (I haven’t given up the dream of being a successful actress, I just don’t see the need to be a house-hold name so long as I keep telling stories). I wanted to keep that life and success as a writer separate, so they could stand on their own merits and not piggy-back off on each other. Not a bad sentiment, really. I use this idea for my “cosplay” endeavors to keep my personal online presence for myself and close friends.
I, also, wanted a unisex name. I was keenly aware, even as a middle schooler, that writing fantasy, sci-fi, and dystopian was a man’s world. More than ever, I am thankful that women had burned that door wide open. But this was over a decade ago and we hadn’t made their break-through yet. Well, at least not in the numbers that it is today. So, I picked one. E. Logan. To figure out why it was “E.Logan” would be a mystery, even to adult-me. It was probably a combination of notebook pages of random name combos and online name generation (through dial-up no less).
From that point on, whatever I wrote, I used that name.
As I begin what I hope to be a successful career as a storyteller, I stuck with the name. There’s sentimentality attached to it. Growth, from this little middle schooler who snuck pages and pages of writing into the back of her planner with tiny, tiny writing, to an adult to has self-published her first book. It has become a part of me.
I toyed with the idea of using my real name. I even made up cover art with my name. It didn’t look right. It didn’t FEEL right. E. Logan felt right. It was the writer side of me. I couldn’t deny her the right to call herself by her name.