The Art of Science: Day 1

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A lot of people ask me about my name [Ransom Noble], since Vivian brought it up. Some mention the unusual qualities. Others wonder why anyone would choose a pen name, rather than publishing under the given or legal name.

In my head, I still dream like I did as a little girl – of having my books on the shelves in the bookstores. Not once during this dream did those books ever have my legal name on them. Perhaps that sounds weird to most of you, but that was my dream. It still is… but now the books all have the name Ransom Noble on them.

What makes a great choice? Something I’m willing to stick with. This pen name is a brand – it has an audience and for promotion that is what I use. I’m glad it works for most writers to use their real names. I’ve just never been one to follow the crowd.