A few weeks ago, I came clean about using a pen name to write New Adult contemporary romance. I had two reasons for the pen name. First, branding. Kelly Hashway is a paranormal/fantasy author. Second, my NA titles are steamy and not for younger readers. So you can see why I needed a pen name. But you might be curious to know how I came up with the name Ashelyn Drake.
I took my full name: Kelly Christine Bradley Hashway
Yes, that's my first, middle, maiden, and married name. Then I pulled letters from each name. I wrote down an entire page of names and then Google searched them all. Why? I'm the only Kelly Hashway. I've checked on Google. And I wanted my pen name to be just as unique. So any name that came up in a search, had to get discarded. Well, I neared the end of my list and while I had a few names I liked, there was one I loved. Here are the letters I pulled:
Kelly Christine Bradley Hashway
Rearrange those letters and you get Ashelyn Drake. At first, I didn't have the "e" in Ashelyn but with the suggestion of my friend Beth Fred, I added it in there, and I had a name that didn't come up in Google searches. Yay! Plus, I love the way the name sounds. Maybe more so than my real name. ;)
So that's how Kelly Hashway became Ashelyn Drake.
If you used a pen name, what would yours be?