Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Name the Best Fake Name Conest

I was inspired by this post at Sarah's site and this one at Duane's to run an impromptu contest. The winner will not only receive a signed ARC of THE MARK, but one of the very cool blackberry holders/notepads my publisher made to help promote the book. It's embossed with the book's title, and will contain a special note addressed to the winner.

Here are the rules for the "Name the Best Fake Name" contest:

Whoever can come up with the best pseudonym (i.e. Fake Name) wins the ARC and bonus goodie. To get your creative juices flowing, I always said that if I was going to write under a pseudonym, it would be as Brick Hardcastle.

You can either give an example of a great actual pseudonym (i.e. Sophie Kinsella) or make one up. It can be ridiculous, serious, just plain weird, or anything you think would simply make a great Fake Name.

Post your responses in the comments section, and the winner will be announced on Monday. Brick Hardcastle should be pretty easy to top. So have at it.

26 Comments:

Blogger Gerald So said...

I'll go with Eduardo Chespizza.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Graham said...

Maybe I can write romance as Lucinda Pettibone. And one of my stories has a character named Emily Southcake.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Dave White said...

I always thought my porno name was good "Paul Luddington," but "Buck Nekkid" is a classic.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Christopher M. Park said...

I'll toss out Fflewlwyn V'anGaard as an appropriate pseudonym for a writer of trite epic fantasy. :)

5:19 PM  
Blogger alisonpace said...

Mischief Bryant

5:31 PM  
Blogger Tori Scott said...

For a woman--Ima Hogg--the real name of the daughter of one of Texas's governors.

For a man--Jay Walker--writing about his experiences in the trauma unit and his year in ICU.

Or the poor woman named Anita Hoare. (it's in the phone book, honest.) I really feel sorry for her.

8:39 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

I think I would go with something super-edgy and inexplicable, but I would tell the press my socialite parents really named me that and it made me the biting social commenter I am to this day.

Splash Marriott?

It's ambisexual for a wider readership.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

After hanging out at McDonald's yesterday with my niece, and examining the multilingual packaging for the Cowardly Lion action figure that came with her Happy Meal, I've decided that if I ever publish thrillers, it may well be under the name "Leon Cobarde."

I have my romance novelist name all picked out, but I'm not telling you in case that ever pans out.

12:39 AM  
Blogger Michele Lee said...

Indu Bindi, it's the name of an RPG bard character I play. It loosely means "Beautiful serpent of the Moon". It flows nicely too, somewhat pretentious and all that. Of course, I went to school with a guy named "Lemon Jello" (pronounced "leh-mahn-Juh-LO"). That one is hard to beat.

1:37 AM  
Blogger Fun Guy said...

I'm going to go with Art Farkas.

1:57 AM  
Blogger Christopher M. Park said...

Oh, Michelle, that reminds me of my favorite strange first name: Fuzzbot. That's a real name of an elementary-school-age kid in the class of a teacher I know. It is supposed to be spoken with a French accent, so: "foo-boah." But the temptation to mispronounce this kid's name was terrible, even for this teacher.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

Schreiber Nennen, which is German for "Writer's Name"

11:16 AM  
Blogger Kate D said...

How about Merrilegs Wethers? A young intern who gets killed at corporate headquarters and who is suspected of having an affair with the CEO.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Or could I just use "Stephen King"?

12:39 PM  
Blogger SuddenBruinsFan said...

Loser Wynn

I have to credit Freakonomics though: the chapter about the guy who named his kids Winner and Loser. Win's doing time upstate, and Lou is a sgt in the NYPD.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Conduit said...

I'll use the 'porn name' method, whereby your first name is that of your pet, and your last name is the street you live on.

My name is, therefore, Django Alexander.

While we're on the topic of unfortunate names, in the early to mid-eighties, at the height of Culture Club's fame, there was a kid in our school called Boyd George. Can you imagine being 12 or 13 years old, in an all boys grammar school, in the eighties, and being one letter removed from the world's most famous transvestite?

2:22 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

For a 'cozy' mystery writer (woman)
Pearl Button

5:58 AM  
Blogger Don Anderson said...

Disgraced Flamenco artist turned PI:
Carlos Caballo

1:14 PM  
Blogger spyscribbler said...

I saw someone joke about this a few months ago, and I have to agree with whoever that was (sorry, I've forgotten where I saw it, but I can't forget the idea!). The suggestion was Paige Turner.

Think it has any subliminal power?

9:52 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

how about Poo Curribottom?

4:19 AM  
Blogger Karen Dionne said...

I've always loved Elaine Cynthia Potter Richardson's pseudonym (who changed her name because her family disapproved of her writing): Jamaica Kincaid.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Miss Reader said...

I would write romance mysteries based around horse racing. I would use the name Jock Gallopsion.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

I had to try again, lol.

Western romance writer Paloma Palomina.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Chumplet said...

I've been writing a romantic thriller based on a Basque hero, and his first name Sendoa means 'strong' and his last name could be Zuzin, which means 'just, fair'.

Sendoa Zuzin. Hmm, rolls off the tongue, don't it?

1:41 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

my husband suggested:
Richard Cranium

8:12 AM  
Blogger Don Anderson said...

Dirk Cutter.

2:02 AM  

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