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Bestselling Authors Using Different Names

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This weekend we found out that the woman who brought us Harry Potter had been using a man's name for her latest book, and that got us thinking about today's list...authors who've used different pen names.

  1. JK Rowling is one of the richest women in the United Kingdom after penning 7 ‘Harry Potter' books, but she used her own invisibility cloak for her latest book. "The Cuckoo's Calling" was supposedly a first novel by a Robert Galbraith. But this weekend a reporter started connecting all the dots, and Rowling and her people confirmed it. She said she had hoped to keep the secret a bit longer as it had been such a liberating experience.
  2. She's not alone in using a different pen name...Mark Twain's real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens...but he also used simply Josh...as well as "Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass".
  3. Stephen King has also gone by Richard Bachman as well as "Eleanor Druse," "Steve King," and "John Swithen."
  4. Emily Bronte and her sisters all had different pen names...fearing they would be judged differently if people knew they were females...Emily went by the name Ellis Bell.
  5. Lewis Carroll's real name was Charles L. Dodgson. The pen name came about by taking his own name, Charles Lutwidge, translating it into Latin, reversing the names and retranslating them into English.
  6. Agatha Christie was the queen of the whodunits, known for mysteries but SHE wrote romance novels under the pen name of Mary Westmacott..."Unfinished Portraits" just one of the six she wrote.
  7. One last one...Nora Roberts published some of her books as JD Robb!
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