With Guest Blogger and Writer P.L. Parker
(During the month of June, here at Today the Dragon Wins we explore the use of pseudonyms. Don't forget to participate in the discussion in the comment field to enter the contest for a copy of the eBook version of Choices Meant for Gods. Details were posted June 1.)
A Name to Honor Loved Ones
What’s in a name – or a pen name for that matter? Shakespeare stated the obvious – That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. (Romeo & Juliet, 1594)
Some writers strive for the outrageous (and often unpronounceable), others for the more commonplace but eye-catching, and still others with a bent toward their writing genre. Then there are those, like me, who choose a name solely to honor special people. For my part, my pen name, “P. L. Parker,” was chosen to honor my parents. “P.L. Parker” is actually my maiden name and signifies the love I have for two people who have stood by me for my entire life, giving support, assistance and unconditional love. In return, it is my way of showing them how proud I am to be a member of the Parker family. I truly thank God for the blessing conveyed on me by being a part of that family. My married name is (sadly enough) “Buker” (pronounced Bûker, not Bucker, Burcher, Bunker, etc.) and “Parker” seemed the least offensive of the two. I have to laugh whenever I receive snail or e-mail addressed to “Pasty Bunker.”
Perhaps in the future, I will, as so many have, change my pen name to reflect a new part of my writing career, but for now, “P. L. Parker” is the moniker under which I’ll write the next great novel.
For more information and to get a glimpse of P.L. Parker's early writing, check her out at www.myspace.com/mrsplparker.
"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."
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