When I was little, my Dad thought it amusing to introduce me, to his friends, as Ermatrude.  I loved seeing the shock on their faces as they looked down at my blonde hair and big blue eyes. I could almost hear them thinking, ‘oh the poor kid!’

I grew up with Yvonne as my name and no one shortened it to Yve until I reached my teens.  With the casualness of teenagers everywhere, I accepted my new moniker. When I started writing I became more formal and reverted to Yvonne.

Then one day a friend (yes, you know who you are) insisted on called me Yves. I said that a French masculine name was not me. My protests were ignored and now I am known as Yves to all my friends, as well as it being my main writing name (btw, the ‘s’ is silent, as in the French pronunciation).

Choosing a writing name is not always easy; many writers use their own names or a variation.

William Trevor took his own first two names to write his literary fiction. Ian Mortimer, best-selling author of The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England, used his middle names, James Forrester, when he turned his hand to novel writing.  Other writers use different names for specific character series or for different genres.

Along the line, I have also compiled cryptic crosswords under the pseudonym of Marocco, a long-dead, though intelligent, horse from the Elizabethan era. And, horror of horrors, I have been published without a by-line. Like most writers, I’ve developed a rhino hide to deal with this type of treatment.

I’ve never minded what people call me, though that may change. I’ll even respond to a ‘hey you’ shouted across a crowded room (thanks, Mum).

For now, I invite everyone to call me Yves even if some think I should really be a Contrary Mary.



One Response to “Yves Potter – What’s my write name?”

  1. Ted Townsend  Says:

    Hi Yves (etc)

    Yes I’m another; Dr E C (Edward Charles) Townsend writes as Edward Charles.

    Somehow Ted Townsend didn’t have the right ring when I started with Tudor fiction


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