I know it sounds silly, but I had originally thought of using a pen name when I first began to write. I had a good reason stuck in there, but as I've gone on I decided not to and to go with my own name.
What was my reason? I'm so glad you asked. Well, I graduated not that long ago from a very long stint in college. My degree was in history, something I enjoy very much. I have several projects that I would like to see through to the end and possibly publish in the future. In the beginning I thought that since my degree is in my name I should publish my historical research under my own name and leave my fictional writing under a pen name.
According to Wikipedia many popular and well known writers have used pen names. The most notable pen name I came up with off the top of my head was Anne Rice. The website lists Stephen King and the Bronte sisters as a few of the many popular and well known writers to have used pen names.
As I've gone on, however, I've decided that I want to stick with my real name for my fictional writing. I'll decided how to proceed when I get back to the historical research. For now I'm completely immersed in writing paranormal for young adults. Obviously I will need to figure something out. Who would take a historical writer serious if she also writes paranormal YA books? Me, but that's a given. lol
Where do you stand on pen names?