Waddup Savi Crew!
With Camp NaNoWriMo over, I was soon wandering around the house like a haunted person looking for something to do (apart from job hunting, of course!) I was actually talking about being haunted with regard to my daily writing. However, it just occurred to me that many of my Savi crew members may not be aware that “Siobhan Saviola” is not my real name.
As you all clutched your collective pearls and ready your keyboard fingers to come at me, lemme explain: Technically, it’s my real name because Siobhan is my middle name. And I’ve been utilising the SioSavi handle since I was fifteen years old. So once my books have been published and out there in the world, seeing Siobhan Saviola on the cover will still excite me as though my legit name were there.
But before I dive into why I chose to use a pen name, if I may, a sort of shameless plug (okay, maybe not so shameless); for those who are not aware, in addition to writing novels, I am also a freelance graphic designer. Therefore, if you are interested in getting a poster, invitation, newsletter or banner designed, please feel free to check out the Portfolio tab where there is a full portfolio of my work. Also check out some of the tile artwork I’ve done (Fun Fact: I created these in Microsoft Excel) stored under the Fun Stuff tab. Now back to the original topic at hand. Why did I choose a pen name?
There were two main reasons: One, my real name, the first name anyway, is uncommon to the average person who hears it and the chances of them mispronouncing it is pretty high. Don’t believe me? Well, I submitted a question for the daytime talk show, The Real and told them how to pronounce my name correctly, even including a pronunciation guide with my question—just to be safe. They STILL butchered my name!
For anyone out there who has an unusual name, I’m sure you will understand that having to correct people all day long is embarrassing to you and the other person. I feel bad correcting people but I also love my unique name and can’t help but cringe when people mispronounce it. Can you imagine when I’m an international best-selling author, travelling the world for my book tours, being introduced to speaking engagements and fall victim to the dreaded name flub? Yikes!
The second reason, I value my anonymity and my family’s privacy so my decision to become a renowned author shouldn’t impact my relatives who didn’t choose this path as their own. I know it sounds presumptuous and I’m not claiming to become the next J.K. Rowling (as if!) but I currently live in a small Caribbean twin island, a dot on the map to Americans and Europeans so any ounce of fame will definitely have some sort of impact. Utilising a pen name will allow me to grow my author platform while maintaining some sort of anonymity and privacy.
So there it is, my reasons for choosing a pen name. If any of my Savi crew members are considering using a pen name, weigh the pros and cons before making your decision. I’m still considering using my real name for non-fiction projects but that’s a long way off.
Anyways, I’m rambling again which means it’s time to sign off… Toodles for now.
And remember, no matter where you live, take a little time to enjoy the island life!