>What’s in a Pen Name?

>I was developing a newsletter for my readers, and while trying to come up with good name for my interviewer. Now I have this handy, dandy name program called Muse Names. You pop in a name it comes back with info on what the name means. It also has a database of thousands of names that I peruse whenever I’m developing character names.

Now when a name comes up the program gives one a description similar to this one.

Expression Number 7: People with this name are excellent at analyzing, understanding, and learning. They tend to be mystics, philosophers, scholars, and teachers. Because they live so much in the mind, they tend to be quiet and introspective, and are usually introverts. When presented with issues, they will see the larger picture. Their solitary thoughtfulness and analysis of people and world events may make them seem aloof, and sometimes even melancholy.

Soul Urge 7: People with this name have a deep inner need for quiet, and a desire to understand and analyze the world they live in, and to learn the deeper truths.

Interesting right? But what’s REALLY interesting is that the above description is for my name – Monica! And damn if it isn’t pretty close to dead on. I definitely like to analyze. In fact, I over analyze usually. I love to learn, and mysticism and philosophy are topics I truly love and often study. The introvert might seem like an oddball in the description, but for those who know me very well (my immediate family and a few close friends) it’s well known that I HATE going to parties where I don’t know anyone, I despise networking and avoid socializing whenever possible. I’m more comfortable not meeting strangers. I do tend to see the larger picture, and that’s why I’m usually so out of touch with everyday things because I’m outside of the daily box. I’m not sure about the aloof part, but the melancholy is DEAD ON without my medication for my bi-polar disorder.

As for the soul portion of the question, the need for quiet is becoming more vital everyday. I need quiet to function well in the world. My favorite time is between the hours of 12am and 5am. Most of the world is asleep and the quiet that rains down on the earth is serene and peaceful. As for the desire to find deeper truths and analyze the world I live in, ummm HELLO? If you’re a regular reader of this blog, I’d say that there is a lot of analyzing happening here, as is my need to find the deeper truth behind the myths.

So what’s the big deal you ask? Well, I’m gonna tell you. This description is for my PEN NAME. Not my real name. Now explain to me how a 9-year-old is going to have enough sense of the cosmos to pick out a name that is so dead on for my personality (yes, I picked out my pen name at that age). Here’s the chicken or the egg question. Was I Monica all along? Or did I grow into the name Monica? I haven’t a clue, but I’m continuously amazed at how my 9-year-old self operated and managed to come up with some of the things that I did. Absolutely frigging amazing. Of course, it shouldn’t surprise me given I was reading Edgar Cayce at the age of 12. Now THAT’s scary!


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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes itโ€™s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

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  1. >I’d forgotten that Monica Burns was your pen name–it suits your personality to a tee. ๐Ÿ™‚