That is not why I chose to use a pen name. The reasons I opted to do this are as follows:
- To keep my secret identity... secret. My first novel will be fairly tame. Future ones may be offensive to certain demographics, if I start to push the envelope. I would rather keep my author persona separate from my actual persona.
- In the unlikely event that I become a recognizable author (i.e. famous), it's best to have a name that can become prominent on the cover of a book. If you look at famous authors in a bookstore, for instance Dean Koontz, you will see that their name is larger than the title on the book. The ideal name, therefore, is only four characters long.
- I wanted a name that was somehow related to technology or computer science because, well, I'm geeky that way.
So after an exhaustive search I ended up with the name "Cody Leet". Why?
- Each name (first and last) are 4 characters long.
- The word "leet", short for "leetspeak", is a simple technique used for data encryption where you replace letters with similar looking numbers, particularly good for use in passwords but sometimes used just to be trendy, For instance: 43110 (hello). This is basically computer science slang.
- If you say "Cody Leet" fast, it sounds like "code elite", which I just thought was a cool, although admittedly egotistical, effect.
- Lastly, and actually most importantly, the domain name was available. Go figure. This is nearly impossible in this day and age.
So there you have it. That is why I have a pen name. I hope you like it. I really hope you will someday see it very large on the cover a book.