It's been a few years now, and I have finally settled into to my pseudonym (if not her persona) and am almost as comfortable with it as I am with my real name. In fact because it was my choice, I think it suits me best. Many people ask how I chose it, and if I'd been smarter or more algorithm savvy, I may have ended up with something entirely different. I liked the sound of it rolling off my tongue. Eliza March...short, simple, sexy, and memorable. It ends up somewhere in the middle of alphabetical lists which is about where I'm ranked in the author sales ranking. I sometimes wonder if being at the beginning "A" or end "Z" would be better.
How did I choose "Eliza"? I've always loved the name Elizabeth. As a young reader, I admired Jo March from Little Women, the independent one who dreamed of writing. Then, I realized over the years, I had become a combination of personalities from those girls. A bit like Beth, a lot like Meg and Jo, and Who of us isn't a bit of each? So I honor young women with my choice. "March" for all of us and "Eliza" because I didn't want to be exactly any single one of those personalities but a bit of my own as well. Eliza feels like a comfortable fit--even more so now over the last few years.
How would you choose a name for yourself?