One of the questions that I get asked the most, is why am I not writing under my own name? The answer is, alas, rather dull and pragmatic: there is already an author with my real name out there in the world. So to avoid confusion, headaches and lawsuits, I decided to have a bit of fun and choose a new name.
So, how did I come up with Rowan Ides? Well, I took the letters that are in my real name and looked to see if I could make an anagram out of them. However, with an “m” and a “c” in the name, many of new names sounded very Scottish. Nothing wrong with that at all, but a Scottish author who writes predominantly about Wales felt a bit odd. But, it turned out that all I had to do was remove those two pesky letters and, low and behold, Rowan Ides emerges.
Of course, pseudonyms are hardly new; JK Rowling and Stephen King, have both released books under other names. And, if you believe Edmund Blackadder, even Jane Austin was “a huge Yorkshireman with a beard like a rhododendron bush”.
Until next time!