Who would have thought that after all the angst surrounding the dream of publication (one I’ve had for a LONG time, as in … forever), I would let my debut novel out into the real world under a pseudonym? The reasons why are long and varied (you can get the entire 411 from my website), but here was how I came up with the name I did, the one you all know me by: Mia King.
First, I came up with a list of first names and last names that I liked best. Brevity was a big deal for me for some reason – I was drawn to single syllable names. My favorite was Sara Li (a play off of the brand Sara Lee since we have all those cooking and baking elements in the book), but my agent at the time thought it was a bit to cutesy. So then I came up with Mia, a play off my daughter’s name, Maya. King was one of my top last names, “borrowed” from a girlfriend who’s an actress in L.A. Then I took my favorite top 8 blends and did the numerology.
I did the numerology and instantly threw out the blends that equalled “doormat” or “shrinking violet.” I don’t know numerology, so I did it free online. In the end I settled on a name that wasn’t too intense (“You will rule the world!”) but seemed to be the right nature for me (“You will still be a neurotic mess, but highly creative with success.”). My number associated with my pen name is “1”.
Thinking about writing under a pen name or want to know if your real name sets you up for success? You can check out the numerology by clicking here!