I found it. I finally found my name. I think. This was hard. I don’t think a lot of people like it but it’s my name. I can’t even begin to tell you how much this search pained me and I’ll get into my reasoning behind why I went with this particular name.
I first had to tackle the initial issue of the Pen Name: Why use one?
Well, it started as Shay Dee. My full name is Sharena De Freitas. Unique, yes. Easy to spell? Not quite. One day, I hope to be a great writer who can easily be found on google, and that means easy to spell, right? Right. So my full name had to go and was replaced with Shay Dee.
Shay Dee was actually nice and neat looking and Shay is also my nickname, so I was comfortable with it. Sadly, so was the internet. Shay Dee was taken by so many people and typing it in google brought up a shocking amount of results. After a year using it, I decided it had to go and changed to my family-ish name, De Flory.
Now, Shay De Flory was easy to spell and unique, what a bonus! But after an exchange of e-mails with a PeN juNkY pal of mine, I realised just how romance-authory it sounded, and not only do I not write romance, I also write from a male point of view. This sent me reeling in panic. After some research, I learnt that for someone who happens to be a lady (I use that word slackly) and writes from a male POV, thing weren’t good. For this type of dilemma, pseudonyms are suggested, so I went about creating one. I tried creating a unisex name that had some relation to mine but I failed over and over again. Creating something unique, easily spelt and similar to my own name was no easy task. Then I read that initials, of course, are often used to hide your gender.
At first, this idea didn’t appeal to me and it kind of still doesn’t. I don’t want to hide. But I thought, any reader who cares enough will find me here and discover that I do indeed have a vagina. After that bit of consolation, I decided to try out my initials, and so, the internet came up blank with S.E Dee. So here I am. It might not sound or look exciting but it's easy to remember, easy to spell, unique and unisex.