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Did you write under a pseudonym? Why?
Yes, I do. Even though my real name isn’t a secret. Richard is genuine, Dee is just a way of expressing the first letter of my actual surname.
When I started out on my writing journey, I was still employed. I became Richard Dee because I didn’t want my boss or people where I worked to know what I was doing. That was partly because I was afraid of their reaction if what I was producing turned out to be rubbish. On a more serious level, there was a clause in my contract that forbade me from earning money in any other sort of employment while I was working for them. Back then, I still held hopes of a traditional publishing deal, which could have been problematic if they had found out what I was doing.
I called myself Richard Dee for the purpose of submissions, if I had gained a big deal, I would have resigned and revealed all.
Obviously, I didn’t achieve overnight success. It all became academic when fate took a hand, or more accurately a shoulder. I retired and the problem vanished. By then I had one completed novel and had half-written a second. I couldn’t be bothered to change my name again, so I stayed as Richard Dee.
I also managed to acquire the domain richarddeescifi.co.uk, making it even less likely that I would ever go back to being who I was.
To be honest, now that I’ve published a few titles, I think Richard Dee looks much better on a book cover than my real name. It’s shorter, which means it takes up less space and (dare I say it) sounds more authorly.
I was tempted to use separate pen names for each genre that I write, which would have given me three more names to make up. With plays on my real name, I could have been Ricardo Duque or Rikki Docker. Or even John Richardson.
However, being inherently lazy, I decided to publish them all as Richard Dee and let the audience work it out.
Who knows, there might even be some crossover purchasing.
Until next week.
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