I've been thinking a lot lately about names, particularly my own. I adopted my pen name just over a year ago when I started publishing erotic romance and I thought it might be interesting to share where it came from.
Ariadne came from a story I started writing some time ago. It is still sitting there with around 40,000 words completed and ultimately will be 100,000 words plus with what I had planned.
She was a girl who is married off as a child to a young man. When they finally meet again as adults he falls in love with her. It's a little fantasy and a whole lot of romance and one day I might just get back to it.
I also thought it was quite a pretty, romantic name and suitable for a romance writer.
It came to picking a last name, and I am a huge Batman fan. The idea of a secret identity stuck with me, so Wayne was a nod to Bruce Wayne. Besides, who doesn't like a sexy billionaire (even if he does dress as a bat).
Ariadne Wayne was born and she is sometimes more me than I am. I have been pondering writing under my own name at some point. Taking Chances will definitely be published as Ariadne Wayne, but depending on how that goes, you may just see the real me appear in 2014.
If I do that, I'll use my real name for contemporary romance, and Ariadne can take care of the naughty stuff. We'll see!
Ariadne Wayne is the pen name of an overworked, often exhausted mother of two who frequently turns to the internet for relaxation. It doesn't always work...