Does anyone know the advantages and disadvantages of using a pen name? I had always planned on using one - my fourth great Grandmother came to light several years ago. She has a strong distinctive name and I thought when I found it that she would make a good actress or authoress. I was going to use it. However my maiden name is also quite distinctive. My full maiden name looks really good on paper (nightmare to say with my accent always have to spell it out lol but it is simple for most people). Now time is coming to consider it might be published I am having a wobble and can't decide whether to use the pen name or my own with my maiden name. (my married name gives several authors with my name already).