The further I go along, the more pen names I seem to collect. A couple weeks ago on a forum someone was really annoyed with me about this. So this morning I thought I'd explain it.
Robin O'Neill is a pen name, one I've been using since the 1990s. The reason was two-fold. My name is quite a mouthful and isn't easily designed around. It confuses people. The second part of the reason was that I had breakfast in Santa Barbara California with agents Michael Larson and his wife, Elizabeth Pomada. He said I was "a victim of your own talent", meaning that I did too many things passably well and I should stick with one genre.
I didn't want to do that, so I wound up with a new name--Robin O'Neill. Let Robin do what I didn't want to do.
So every time I wanted to move without carrying the baggage, it seemed appropriate to find a new front woman.
That's the explanation. Nothing dark, nothing intentionally duplicitous just practical.
One more pen name when I move to the final stage and that'll be it.