I've decided to write under a new name. Actually, it's an old one since it's my maiden name: Dawn Simon.
You likey? I hope so.
I'm still Dawn VanderMeer in "real life", and I'm still happily married. No need for Internet rumors! Hubby Jim fully supports this, if you're wondering.
Changing my writing name was a BIG decision. And a hard one--I like both names. The thing is, I've contemplated this quite a bit over the last few years. I finally made a pros & cons list, and each side had quite a few points on it. But the pros won.
One pro-change reason: Simon is easier to remember and spell, which is good for a business name. I get a lot of "Vander-something", VandeMeer, or Van Der Mere. You can't really mess up Simon without trying.
Also, I now get an extra link to my parents and my brothers. I haven't been Dawn Simon since Jim and I got married eighteen years ago. It might be fun to have one name in my personal world and one name in my writing world. A little like Miley and Hannah Montana, only I'm not a teenager, I can't sing well, I'm not famous, and I don't have a secret identity. I did say a little. You may even think I look like Miley Cyrus if you squint, tilt your head, and get your eyes dilated. We both have legs. And heads.
Once I knew I'd eventually change my name, sooner seemed wiser than later. Every year, I meet more writers, agents, and editors. And then there's the Internet presence we're all supposed to be building. Why build under one name and then switch?
At this point, I don't even want to switch blogspot addresses because I'm afraid I'll lose some followers. With "dawnvandermeer" still in the blogspot URL, I hope I don't confuse people. Jim set it up so if you type www.dawnsimon.com or www.dawnvandermeer.com, it will take you to my blog. He really is a computer guru.
Have you ever thought about writing under another name? If you did, what would you choose?