What's in a name?

Some of my early articles were published under the pen name, Coco Irving. I pretended it was highly creative and mysterious to have an alias. The truth was I was insecure about my writing. After many years and countless published works, I still am. 

When I inquired about using a pen name, my editor quickly agreed and asked what it was. I had no idea. In response to the blank look on my face, she asked what my stripper name was. What? Stripper name? Why would I have a Stripper name? She explained it was my dog's name followed by my mother's maiden name. Too funny!

So Coco Irving it was. After a year of being published under my dog's name, I bravely applied my real name to the byline.


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