What name do you use as a writer - a pen name or actual name?
I use a pen name. Morgan Mandel is not my actual name, but I did register it as a Service Mark with the State of Illinois to make it legal.
How and why did you choose that name?
There were several reasons why I chose a pen name, and Morgan Mandel in particular. First of all, my actual last name was more often than not misspelled by people who were not close family or friends. With that obstacle, I figured I had small chance of readers finding me if they tried to search for my actual name.
I decided to pick an easy to spell, easy to understand name, which would also be easy to write when I did autographs. With the advent of the digital age, the autograph concern has become almost non-existent, except for book launch parties.
I chose the first name of Morgan for more than one reason. First of all, I liked my dog, Morgan's name. Though she passed over the Rainbow Bridge more than eight years ago, her name still lives on!
Another reason I chose Morgan is it's an androgynous name, meaning it could refer to a man or woman. For example, Morgan Fairchild and Morgan Freeman are both popular actors with that first name. My first book Two Wrongs, contains two male points of view. At the time, I wasn't taking any chances of losing a male audience if they happened to discover a woman wrote the book. Now, that aspect is of small concern to me.
As far as the last name goes, I just wanted a short name that sounded good with the first one. The choice had nothing to do with Howie Mandel, as some people seem to think. (g)
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|Morgan Mandel writes thrillers, mysteries and romances, depending on her mood. |
Her most current releases are the humorous romance, Her Handyman, and the thriller, Forever Young: Blessing or Curse.
Coming soon is Blessing or Curse, second in the Always Young Trilogy.
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Twitter Handle: @MorganMandel