Those of you who have pen names and who are far enough along with your writing careers for it to matter, how have you dealt with living with it? I mean, out in person. When you go to writer's conferences, do you get your badge in your real name or in your pseudonym? How do you introduce yourself? What about in your face-to-face writers' group, if you have one? Do you have people call you by your legal name, or by your pen name? If you opt for the pen name, how long was it before you stopped feeling like a faker or wondering, "Wait! Who is it you're talking to?" What about in your author email account? I have a Gmail account under my pen name, and all my writing-related mail goes to it. I still haven't gotten used to signing my messages plain "Catrin Lewis," copping out instead with "My Real Name, writing as Catrin Lewis," or "Catrin Lewis, pen name for My Real Name." Using the pseudonym alone feels strange when I'm discussing writing with old friends who have become writers, too. (I try to do our personal catching up on a different email account, separate from our discussions about writing.) And I don't think I've ever even dreamed of signing off with only the pseudonym when I'm emailing friends and relatives who are beta reading for me. But maybe it would be more professional if I would stick with the pseudonym alone? Does it make a difference if you've got published work out there, where your public face is "Pen Name, author of That Cool Book"? Is it the done thing to go with that, whenever your writing is involved? And at book signings (those of you who have had them!), do you have people address you by your pen name, or do you encourage them to call you by the one you go by ordinarily? @Brindy, I noticed that in the articles your local publications did on you, they stated that you wrote as Brindy, but gave your real name and called you by it all the way through. Do those of you who have pen names agree that that's the usual procedure? Any stories, experiences, thoughts appreciated. Thanks.